Richard A. Hopkins
Richard A. "Dick" Hopkins 78, passed away at his home in Cranston on February 5, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Cranston on March 8, 1940 to the late Hallis and Alice (Griswald) Hopkins. He resided in Cranston most of his life but also lived in Foster for several years.
He graduated from Cranston High School class of 1958. Following graduation he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas for 4 years where he worked on the Ajax missile system. Returning to Cranston, he formed the R&S Antenna business with his brother Stephen for several years. He had an interest in the graphics world which led him to work several years for the Warwick Beacon managing the press room. In the late 80’s he formed his own handyman business Dick Hopkins, Remodeling, Restoration and Repairs. He was a gifted, multi-talented craftsman. He had an incredible ability to see the finished designs of a project before it was even begun. He had a special love for redesigning kitchens and bathrooms. He enjoyed the challenge of many historical restoration projects on the East Side of Providence. His many graphic talents spilled over into his love of flying kites leading him to design and fabricate many beautiful kites, banners and ground displays which could be seen flying at Brenton Point in Newport for 5 years every Saturday. His first love however was photography. He would spend weekends searching for the right subject that would capture his eye. He participated in many craft fairs and art festivals selling his photos and enjoying meeting and sharing his photo tips with those who found his work interesting. He was a member of the Ocean State Artisans.
He was pre-deceased by his brothers Stephen and Doug Hopkins, both of Cranston.
He is survived by his wife, best-friend and soul-mate, Eileen (Banigan) of 22 years and her daughters, Amy Guldhauge of Coventry and Dayna Guldhauge of Keene, New Hampshire and sisters-in-law, Barbara Hopkins and Rina Hopkins, both of Cranston.
He had a special professional and deep friendship with his co-worker Paul Hathaway with whom he worked side by side with for over 15 years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday February 12th at 12:00 noon in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held Tuesday morning prior to the Service beginning at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Carol Labrie - 02/08/2019
Eileen, so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Meredith Walsh - 02/09/2019
Dear Eileen, I was so saddened to read of Dick’s passing. I loved his sense of humor, warmth and dedication to his work. He was a great problem solver and in that way reminded me of my father. I will miss him so much. I’m sorry I won’t be at the service as we are still away. He was a wonderful man.
Maggie Fennessey - 02/10/2019
Saddened to read of Dick's death. He was my neighbor on Hemlock Road many years ago. Many good memories of a talented, gregarious man!
Bob & Vivi Creighton - 02/10/2019
Sorry to hear about your husband.He was very lucky to have you for his wife. God bless you and the girls.
Carol Clauson - 02/10/2019
Eileen, My heartfelt condolences on your deep loss. A soul mate is special hard to find. I hope your faith and many memories are of comfort to you at this sorrowfull time. Hugs and prayers to you.
Donna & Jim DelFiore - 02/10/2019
Dear Eileen. Very sorry to read about Richard's death. You truly were soul mates. Hope your memories of your life with this wonderful and caring man will comfort you in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you and your daughters.
Norman & Mary Ann Palazini - 02/10/2019
Eileen, Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a caring man and very particular about his restoration and repairs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Stacey Souza - 02/10/2019
Eileen, I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and the girls peace at this difficult time.
Donna and Tom Tucciarone - 02/12/2019
We are so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing . We were lucky enough to have met him at the Scituate Art Festival where we enjoyed admiring his photos and speaking with him about many of their origins. We missed him this year and now sadly we know why he wasn’t there We are grateful to have purchased one of his favorites, which has become one of our favorites as well. It is a picture of a carved pumpkin face as it got older and older after the fall and began to collapse into itself. I can’t reme if he named it or we did but every fall we pull out the picture of our “ grumpy pumpkin” and it makes us smile. May your memories of him also make you smile. Thinking of you with much sympathy....
Gala Holt Nordquist - 02/12/2019
Eileen never had the pleasure of meeting you. I lived in the yellow house on Bradford Rd kitty corner to the Hopkins family home. So sorry to hear of Richards passing. I have lots of memories as a kid playing with all the neighborhood kids and He and I graduated together at CHS. May your memories get you through this sad time.
Hudson "Pete" Scattergood - 02/13/2019
Eileen. I grew up at 31 Rockland next door to "Hoppy" and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.