In loving memory of
Aug. 30, 1931 – June 11, 2006
Tom Hopps was born August 30, 1931, in Lacombe, Alberta, to Thomas and Elizabeth Hopps. Tom was raised in Lacombe and moved to Langley, B.C. and 1947. He met his wife Clara in Milner, B.C., while working at the Langley Greenhouse. They were married in Milner on April 17, 1951. Tom worked at the Surrey Co-op and lived on a hobby farm in Langley. Tom moved his family to Kamloops in 1968 and took up a job at the Kamloops Pulp Mill.
In 1974, Tom bought a ranch and moved to Smithers. From there he fell in love with the Evelyn Community and took up a part-time job at the Bar Tender at the old Evelyn Hall, where he because famous for his wide collection of hats. Tom and his good friend Paul spearheaded a drive to tear down three commercial buildings to build the present Paul Lychak Community Hall.
Tom loved his family, get-togethers at the farm were always noisy and fun. Poker games with friends and family kept him broke but there were time when he lost just to keep the game going.
He loved kids and took time out to coach several girls’ softball teams in both Kamloops and Smithers. He also loved those Friday night scrub games at the fish hatchery.
Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Elizabeth, his brother Russell and his sister Doris. Survived by his wife Clara and children Linda, Larry (Nell), Sam, Lorne (Linda), Gerry (Vonda), and Marilyn, as well as 15 Grandchildren and 16 Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Spirt of the North Kidney Foundation.