James N.'s Story

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James Neil Hopkinson, age 64, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 6, 2017, as he left his Plum Island home to go to work. Jim was born on August 19, 1953, in Lawrence, Mass., to the late James and Gena (Butko) Hopkinson. He was raised in Methuen and educated in the Methuen school system.
Jim owned several rental properties in Lawrence, Mass., until recent years. For the past several years, he delivered pharmaceuticals for Eaton Apothecary to group homes, mostly for elderly and handicapped clients. They loved him for his patience, humor and generosity and called him “Big Jim” because he was 6-feet, 9-inches tall. He was truly a gentle giant who could not pass a children’s lemonade stand.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Barbara J Hopkinson of Plum Island, Mass.; daughter, Melanie Hopkinson of Lynn, Mass., and her partner, Steve Tenney; sons, Matthew Hopkinson of Manchester, N.H., and his wife, Renee Hopkinson, and Christopher Hopkinson of Newton, Mass., and his fiancé, Becky Reuse; plus his step-son, Brad DeLibero, and his wife, Kim-Soo; and grandson, Brent Michael DeLibero of Plum Island, Mass. Jim was also survived by his sister, Nancy Lynch of Londonderry, N.H.; and brothers, Bryan and Tom Hopkinson of Lawrence, Mass.; plus nieces and nephews, Brent Davis, Brittany Bowley, Brooke McDonald and Brendan Hopkinson.
Family and friends may call on Friday, October 13, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA. Jim’s funeral service will be at the First Parish Church, 20 High St., Newbury, MA, on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 4 p.m. Buial will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to one of Jim’s favorite charities: Operation Smile (Cleft Palate repair) at www.operationsmile.org; A Butterfly’s Journey (Grief Recovery) at http://abutterflysjourney.org; or The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport, Mass. (Supporting family after a child dies) at www.tcfnewburyport.org.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  October 11, 2017
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