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Brick Township - Howard James Hopkins (Jim) of Brick Township, formerly of Avon, passed away on February 16 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was 81 years old.

Jim retired after a long career as a wholesale auto buyer. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Jim attended Monmouth College. Jim loved to spend time at his log cabin in Lackawaxen, PA where he was a member of the VFW. He was born in Jersey City, grew up in Kearny and settled on the Jersey Shore. He was a parishioner of Church of Epiphany in Brick Twp.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Howard J. and Marion Hopkins.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Ann Marie Hopkins, who most graciously nursed him. He knew he how lucky he was to have her by his side. He is also survived by his son Clifford James Hopkins of Toms River, his daughter and dear son in law, Suanne and Matthew Schaad of Manasquan and his daughter Amy Hopkins of Point Pleasant Beach, his precious granddaughter Scarlett Schaad and his sister Audrey Incitti of Toms River.

Through the years, Jim also enjoyed reading, fishing, coaching Cliff's soccer team, BBQ's, the ocean, and storytelling, which often he made up as he went along. One of Jim's favorite roles was that of Pop Pop to his granddaughter Scarlett.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 21st from 3 to 7 PM at the Reilly Bonner Funeral Home, 801 D Street, Belmar NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 AM at Church of Epiphany, Brick Twp., NJ. Committal will follow at Saint Anne Cemetery, Wall Twp. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Mental Health Association of Monmouth County 119 Avenue at the Common, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 or www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org would be appreciated to assist homeless mentally ill people.

For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit reillybonnerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 20, 2018
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