Guest Book for Theodore L. Hopkins

Provided by Kopler - Williams Funeral Home

Posted by: Jim and Sharon Mitchell
Mon November 23, 2015
Sending condolences to all the Hopkins Family. Ted was the best of the best. We will sorowly miss him, but not forget him. May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Katherine E. Moore
Mon November 23, 2015
Dearest Hopkins family,
Judy, Trisha, boys, Dan and I are so sorry for your loss. Your hubby and dad was a wonderful man. Always showing grace to others. Trisha, I love your photo on FBook (from your wedding)! Your dad was so proud of his little princess. We will bring you all before the throne of God with prayers for the family. May you find comfort in Jesus. We love  you.

Posted by: Howard Byer
Mon November 23, 2015
Ted was a terrific guy. A man of integrity and honesty. Fillmore has lost someone that made a difference in his community whenever he could. He will be sadly missed for sure! I remember how after speaking to Ted about any given issue I always felt better afterwards. My condolences to his family and most importantly, thank you for sharing him through the years...Rest in Peace Ted

Posted by: Bruce and Kathie Brenneman
Mon November 23, 2015
Kathie and I send love and sympathy to the Hopkins family.  It was our privilege to know Ted for many years and have always appreciated his humor, kindness and friendship.  May God surround you all with his love, peace and comfort.

Posted by: Mike Johel
Mon November 23, 2015
Judy and family,  I was saddened to learn of Ted's passing. He is such a great guy! In the short time I knew him, I very much enjoyed talking with him and trading stories.   May he now rest in peace.

Posted by: Vic and Char Carpenter
Mon November 23, 2015
Judy,  very sorry to learn of Ted's death.  Fond memories of you both when your Matt and our Eric were friends!  Praying for your family as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by: Sam Curran
Mon November 23, 2015
I was so sad to hear of Teds passing, I had the privilege of working with him on the town and he was an intelligent, practical and funny man to work with, laughter and kindness was his gift and he shared them both. My prayers and thoughts are with you all!

Posted by: Brenda Green-Vaughn
Mon November 23, 2015
Judy, Trish, Matt, Pete and families my heart goes out to you. May you find peace that he is no longer suffering. He will be watching over you and smiling.

Posted by: Marie Woodard
Tue November 24, 2015
To the Hopkins family, especially Matt and family-
I am so sorry for your loss.  You and your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time, and season.


Posted by: Steve Cole
Tue November 24, 2015
I wish to send my most sincere condolences to Judy, and the family, on the passing of Ted.

I suspect I met Ted when we were both entering our sophomore year of high school, at one of the Allegany County Farm Bureau’s chicken barbeques of the 1960s.  My father and Ted’s grandfather were close friends, and we were introduced to each other, along with my younger brother, Dick.  Both of us entered Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the autumn of 1963, and we’d see each other frequently in classes and at the College’s Mann Library we both used very often for study.  My brother entered Cornell in 1965, and became a fellow brother of Ted’s at the Alpha Zeta fraternity.

Following our graduation from Cornell in 1967, we both returned to Allegany County to begin our careers – Ted in Fillmore/Hume, and myself on our family farm in Cuba.  Ted and I would see each other often at various functions, but unfortunately, our paths diverged after my father and I dispersed our farming operation in 1977.
Ted showed all of the signs of the man he would become in his early years.  The published obituary certainly bears this out.  As I read it, I found myself nodding about the level of service he gave to the Township of Hume, to Fillmore and Allegany County – not surprised in the least.  

If there is anything I could add to that accounting of Ted’s life, it probably would be it only touched the high points.  He had a very balanced outlook toward life, it seemed. When he was serious, he seemed to project the warmth of his personality into a discussion, often lacing it with his own particular brand of wry humor, but leaving a clear understanding of his position.  And, when he was enjoying life…well, he knew how to do that too.

For all of us who knew Ted, loved him as a wife, a son, a daughter, as grandchildren, as friends – it was always clear there were very few people who have exhibited level of the character of Ted Hopkins.  I wish the fates had not caused us to lose touch with one another, but I, for one am privileged to say that I counted him as a friend.

To the family, to the Fillmore/Hume community and to what I know are a multitude of friends, Ted was a very rare and very precious person…a gift for all of us to treasure forever.
Godspeed, Ted…you gave far, far more than you took, and you have left us much richer for you presence here among us.

Steve Cole
Medina, Ohio

Posted by: Dawen & Jerry Clark
Wed November 25, 2015
so  sorry for your loss. Ted will be greatly missed. Thoughts & prayers to all the family.

Posted by: Thad Zyck
Fri November 27, 2015
Matt - thinking of you - I am sorry for your loss.  Thad Zyck

Posted by: Philip G. Stockin
Sat November 28, 2015
Judy and family....So sorry to hear of Ted's passing and deeply regret I am out of town and unable to attend his memorial service.  Ted was a wonderful mentor and fellow supervisor in town government.  I learned much from him and value highly the experiences we shared in our efforts to make things better for folks in ours and neighboring townships.  When Ted resigned from town government to serve at the county level, I knew our loss was the county's gain.  He has indeed made a positive difference in that position as well.  I will greatly miss his sage advice and his friendship always sprinkled with a healthy sense of humor.  May God bless you all and grant just what is needed each day going forward.

Posted by: Tom Ernst
Fri December 04, 2015
Sorry to hear of Ted's death. We lived next door to each other on North Street in East Aurora in the 1950s and often played together. I remember Jack the dog and the tree branch that had turned to rock near the back door that was a souvenir from a trip to the "Petrified Forest." I can remember the new house off of Maple Street and driving the old car that was in the side yard. Even back then Ted wanted to be a farmer. We gradually lost touch but he remains in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Tim Burke
Wed December 09, 2015
I went to elementary school with Teddy, and we played at the Boys Club and its camp. It was fun being Teddy's friend whether it was playing football on North St. with him and his brother Steve and the Ernst boys or just being kids in the 1950's. He has had a remarkable life and will be missed by all.