SEAFORD, VA - Hobie Kopczynski, 18, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hobie was a native and lifelong Seaford resident. He attended St. Luke's Pre-School, Seaford Elementary, Yorktown Middle School, and was a graduate of the York High School class of 2013. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Tabbmanian and Poquoson Youth Wrestling Leagues. Hobie also played center for the York-Seaford Bulldogs, Yorktown Middle School, and York High School football teams. As a senior he led the Falcons to the playoff s with his friend and quarterback of 14 years, Austin Norman, with whom he snapped the ball to over 45,000 times. He proudly served on the York County Youth Commission for three terms and volunteered with the York County Safety Town project every summer since he began middle school. He was honored to receive a mentorship to work with Dr. Paul Evans during his senior year of high school, striving toward his life's goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. He was a freshman at VCU working on his major of a Pre Med Degree. He loved to wash and detail cars, attend vacations with his family, eat at fine restaurants, Jet Ski, and just be with his family. Hobie had a beautiful and infectious smile, kind heart and respect for others that earned him praise from many throughout his short life. Hobie was a good boy and a wonderful man. He attended Zion United Methodist Church, Seaford. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Vincent "Ski" Kopczynski and Harry "Tabb" Smith. He is survived by his loving and devoted parents Kathy and Barry Kopczynski, a loving little sister, Landyn Kopczynski, grandmothers, Betty Lou Kopczynski and Judy Smith, aunts and uncles, Steve and Julie Kopczynski, Robbie and Sherri Kopczynski, Cammie and Jimmy Butler, and Barry Wade and Renee Smith, cousins, Hunter Kopczynski, Haley Stevenson (Jimmy), Wade, Cole and Gracie Smith, Marshall Butler who was more like his little brother, and Kristen Kopczynski, great aunt and uncles Lindy "Bubba Lin" Wade, Preston Smith (Meyong), and Julie Feeser (Frank). Hobie also leaves to cherish his memories many cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Hobie's Life will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, April 4, 2014 in Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, Yorktown with Rev. Lisa Barbery and Rev. Kathy Gochenour, officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family asks that if you are able, wear blue and white if you are a York friend and black and yellow if you are a VCU friend to show unity of these communities touched by Hobie. Memorials may be made in Memory of Hobie to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 2, 2014.