Hobie Kopczynski
1995 - 2014
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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.
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May 8, 2014
Robin this was very sweet of you and your girls to do this, I really appreciate it very much. Bless you family Betty Kopczynski
April 17, 2014
Our family is so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Haskett Family
Jim and Sherrie Haskett
April 15, 2014
April 12, 2014
My sincere condolences on the lost of your lovely boy. As a VCU faculty member, and a parent that experienced the loss of our 18 year old son less than a year ago, I realize there are no words to adequately relieve your sorrow at this time. Hobie was and is a light that will be with your forever. Shakespeare, in his
infinite wisdom says it best in Constance's speech in King John, "“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, /Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,/Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words,/Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form." Peace and love to your family.
Toni-Leslie James
April 10, 2014
To the Kopczynski family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Bill and Eleanor Scruggs
April 10, 2014
To The Family of Hobie, Take comfort in the knowledge that you must have instilled in Hobie many wonderful qualities which was apparent by how he spent his life in service to his community and friends and family .What aloss to all of us. My heart goes out to you and the world. A Stranger That Read The Obit.
April 9, 2014
Kathy, Landyn, and Barry We are so sorry to hear about Hobie. All our prays are with you. Pam, Pat, and Karlyn Center
The Center Family
April 8, 2014
My prayers are with your family during this time. I only met Hobie this year at VCU and we discovered that I knew Kathy, Cammie and Barry from childhood. He was such a polite young man.
Barbara (Davis) Kidd
April 7, 2014
At this time take solace that you were the best parents and family you could be to a young man that turned out to be such a wonderful person. His light will shine on. So sorry for your loss.
the Winfree Family
April 7, 2014
My heart compels me to send this message concerning the services held for Hobie. I have been to many services in my lifetime, but none have touched me as did this one. Not only for the great number of people who turned out, but in particular for the young people who were there. I have never seen such a humbling display of emotion as they portrayed. Some were openly crying and not afraid to do so. The passing of Hobie and the service to commemorate his life brought out a lot of love in a great number of people. So, in that sense, he continues to serve the community in a way that he was dedicated to do. I pray that God will rest his soul, bless his great family and provide them with the strength and fortitude to carry on in Hobie's name. Peace be with you.
Bob Steele
April 7, 2014
Dear Barry, Kathy and Kopczynski Family,
Vicki and I were so saddened to hear about Hobie. A piece of you has broken off and fallen into heaven. Heaven will never be the same and neither will you. We are praying for you!
Pastor Jim Weston
April 6, 2014
I love you Kathy.
Marcela Moore
April 6, 2014
May god keep you warmin your darkest hour. Pain is temporary memories are a lifetime
Shawnda taylor
April 5, 2014
Barry, Kathy & Landyn, my prayers are still with you guys. I know its hard, I went to the funeral & cried there, I know Hobie was a great, kind, generous, warmhearted boy. R.I.P. Hobie & I'll see you when my time comes, we miss you :( I'm still so upset :''(
Katie Jones
April 5, 2014
To the entire Kopczynski family. Your whole family has been the model for us all to follow. I have very fond memories of "Ski" and his lovely bride. Your family is one of service to the community! I am so very sorry for your loss! May God bless you and comfort you. Love you all!
Robert Seaford
April 5, 2014
Dear Barry, Kathy and Landyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you today and the weeks ahead. Hobie as you know was a wonderful person and will be missed by many many people. Rest in knowing he is with his Lord and Savior. Heaven is a brighter today because is there.Always know we are here for you, Paul and Vickie Sexton
Vickie Sexton
April 5, 2014
anita williams
April 4, 2014
Dear Kathy and Barry,
Jeff and I always thought a lot of Hobie. I enjoyed calling him Hobie kat. He was so pleasant and sweet. I always enjoyed talking with him. I never saw him when he wasn't smiling. You both have been amazing parents and neighbors, friends. He will be missed. Of course, I will often send prayers your way. So very sorry.
Susan Tiemann
April 4, 2014
Debbie Smith
April 4, 2014
I know there are no words to express your sorrow. Know that you are all in our family's thoughts and prayers.
Beth Knight Thompson
April 4, 2014
Having taught Hobie for 2 years I feel that I knew him pretty well. I can honestly say that he was the kindest, most respectful young man that I have ever known. His kindness and smile will be a treasured memory for all time. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. God bless you all.
Lori Wilson
April 4, 2014
Dear Barry and family, I am so deeply saddened by your heart wrenching loss. We will be praying for you and your family during this most horrible of times. Live life to the fullest every single day because we don't know when our name will be called. My heart actually hurts for all of you. God bless you and your family.
Antha and Donnie Wade (Missy's mom and dad)
April 4, 2014
I was so fortunate to be Hobie's math teacher, his kindness and bright smile always lit up the room. We had many fun conversations about cars when he was at YHS. Hobie's family and friends are in my prayers. You'll be missed Hobie, we love you!
Cindy Dziurzynski
April 4, 2014
Thinking of you Barry, Kathy and Landyn. You are in our prayers. Wishing we could do something more to ease your pain but hoping that time will help along with the love and support from your family and friends and comfort from a loving God.
Clarence & Carol Westcott
April 4, 2014
Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.
Mary Matheson Fountain
April 4, 2014
We are so saddened. We are here for whatever you need. God Bless you all, and prayers are sent upward for your family. He was a fine young man, and we are proud to have known him.
Gary & Patti Alderman
April 4, 2014
My families hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know how very proud you are of Hobie and his many accomplishments. He is certainly missed and has a impact on everyone that he came into contact with. Lilly, Avery & Andrea Simms
April 4, 2014
Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!
Denise Latulipe and Family
April 4, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Derrick Brooks
April 4, 2014
There are no words to ease your sorrow and pain, but know that you all are in our prayers. God bless you. Lynn & Norm Kaufman (St. Louis, MO)
April 3, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Hobie was a very special young man and made his family very proud of his young life of achievements. Our prayers and love to Barry, Kathy, Landyn, Grandma Betty and Judy and all of the family. Lovingly, Vivian and H.L.
Vivian Smoot
April 3, 2014
Barry and Kathy-thoughts and prayers with you all. So very sorry.
Rob and Karen (Blake) Wilhelm
April 3, 2014
i was so saddened to hear of your loss...my granddaughter, Savannah always spoke such kind words about Hobie....he was a true friend to her......and for that, i thank you.
he will be missed but never forgotten.....i am praying for you and your family....
Sandy Lemonds
April 3, 2014
From the Campbell family to yours Barry, we are so sorry for your loss. We send you prayers for your whole family.
Michael Campbell
April 3, 2014
Barry and the Kopczynski family, as parents and friends we grieve and our hearts hurt with your family.
Scott Tyndall
April 3, 2014
Rest in peace buddy, I remember when our mom's were both team moms at seaford and I always looked up to you. Rest easy and ill see you in another life
Hayden White
April 3, 2014
LUVS, HUGS & PRAYERS, sorry I will not be able to make the trip to Virginia but hope whenever we get there we are able to spend some time together. May God carry you during this time and wrap his loving arms around you and help you find peace.
Julie Feeser
April 3, 2014
Barry, our deepest sympathies. I know our entire community is hurting with you, my friend. Please take care.
Row and Troy Swackhammer
April 3, 2014
As a mother of a VCU student, my heart aches. My daughter has so many warm memories of Hobie and I had the pleasure of meeting him as my daughter returned to her dorm one Sunday evening. He was a very polite young man with a warm smile. May God bless and keep his family and friends during this difficult time.
Darlene Perry
April 3, 2014
Thoughts, prayers, and love to Barry, Kathy, Landyn, Judy, and all of the Smith/Kopczynski family. I cannot find words right now...
Many lives have been blessed because Hobie was a part of them. He will be greatly missed!
Vicki Kornegay
April 3, 2014
Love and peace to your family, from ours.
Kimi Stevens
April 3, 2014
Whenever you cam over for BBqs and other events, the atmosphere was much lighter and more jubilant. You are missed by many.
Jack McGann
April 3, 2014
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jimmy Forester
April 3, 2014
Barry, Kathy and Landyn, My heart is breaking for you and your extended family! Chris and I want let you know that you all are in our prayers! Hobie was such a wonderful young man. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.
Anna May and Chris Hopkins
April 3, 2014
Hobie was one of my students at York Middle and then again as a freshman. I will always remember his dedication and determination to succeed in the classroom. He was a great athlete that always worked hard to improve. He will be missed dearly. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Michelle Wintermantel
April 3, 2014
Sending love and prayers to surround you during this time.
Kathey Cirillo Kuhnle
April 3, 2014
Kathy and family my heart is full.word cannot express the sadness I feel for the lost of your son.
alice mutz
April 3, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.
Sonia Stotler Herndon
April 3, 2014
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts have been heavy since learning of this news. May God strenghten and comfort you now and in the days ahead. We pray that the wonderful memories of Hobie will help get you through this most difficult time. The Woodman Family
April 3, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. Big hugs from Chicago!
Christine (Stefanowicz) Pearl
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