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Halstead C. Hopkins II

Halstead C. Hopkins II, 72, of Taylor, NY, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Hal was born in Paterson, NJ on April 28, 1942, a son of the late Halstead and Evanna Winans Hopkins.  He retired from Norwich Pharmaceuticals in 2005 and prior to that had worked at Syracuse China.  Hal was a very accomplished musician and for the past five years, played music for the traumatically brain injured at Liberty Services in Cortland.  He also volunteered musical performances for the Cortland County Cultural Council’s First Fridays.  In addition to his musical abilities, he was a cabinetmaker and enjoyed his organic garden.  Hal was especially fond of his canine companions – Sammy, Kota, and his beloved Kyra.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Denise Cote-Hopkins; daughters, Debbie Allen of Morrisville, NC and Joahna Hopkins of Houlton, ME; a son, Jonathan Hopkins of Montpelier, VT; and a stepson, Noah Mercier of Manchester, NH.  He also leaves behind a sister, Jean Van der Vliet of Hector, NY and five grandchildren.

A  memorial service will be planned for his birthday in the spring.  There are no immediate services.

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What a terrible shock for us to hear of Hal's passing. Every time we think of Denise and Hal we remember the two musicians singing and playing together. Hal was a hard working multi talented man who was a stoic as well. We never heard him complain about anything. He loved working, building and repairing around the house and in his workshop, and it showed in the lovely garden, house, and pond he and Denise built together over the years. What welcoming parties he and Denise threw for their many friends! He was generous at sharing his musical talents. We are grateful that he and Denise drove all the way to Joel's birthday party to lead a sing-along. We remember too how good he was at Monopoly. He loved beating the pants off of us! Our sincere sympathy to Denise and the kids, what a terrible loss. His memory will live in the hearts of all of us who appreciated him.

Dorothy Pomponio and Joel Rabinowitz Dec 12 2014 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with you all, Denise, Noah, Jon, Joahna, Debbie,  Jean and family, and all of Hal's cherished friends. My family and I are so saddened by Hal's passing. He was my father from the age of 5 onward and he was an integral part of my life. I will always remember him coming home on Friday nights, after a hard week's work, and bringing donuts and "Yoohoo's" for us kids, (sorry Joahna, you were too little!). It was a little gesture, but we looked forward to it each week. Every time I see a "Yoohoo" I think of you, Hal. Rest in peace and know that you are loved and will be in our hearts and memories forever.

Debbie and Randy Davis and family Dec 7 2014 12:00 AM

Denise and family... Sending huge love to you all. It is stunning to realize your loss, and the loss to us all, of this gentle, talented, caring man. He will be missed and remembered for the kind of things that all of us could hope would be celebrated as we walk on to the next journey.

Karen Robinson Dec 5 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Denise,we, and you especially have lost a man of substance and generous spirit a true friend who will always be alive in our memories!

Giuseppe San filipo ,Lina,Geoffrey,Chris and Joby Phillips Dec 3 2014 12:00 AM

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