2017-03-29 / Obituaries

John Hopkins

John Hopkins, father and husband, and well-respected Catskill Mountain Fine Artist, died peacefully at home in Andes, NY, on March 25th, 2017 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Meg” Redmond Hopkins, two daughters: Jennifer Redmond Sargent (Bryan P.) and Katherine Hopkins Swanson (Daniel A. Sullivan), a son: James Scribner Hopkins, and a grandson: Justin Walter Sargent. His two sisters: Anne Hopkins Barrett (Joseph R.) of Cotuit, MA and Mary Louise Kalin Asekoff (Louis S.), of Tivoli, NY, also survive him.

Born in Roxbury, NY to Pauline Lutz Hopkins and James Scribner Hopkins, he attended Roxbury Central School and Mount Herman School. After a year at Hamilton College, he went on to study fine arts and receive a Diploma in painting from Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA, and a B.F.A. from Boston University. He taught art in several small rural schools for Greene County BOCES followed by further studies toward a Masters Degree in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island. He was the Principal Planner for the City of Cranston, RI for three years.

Office life never satisfied his creative spirit. He worked as a carpenter and studied jewelry making on Cape Cod where he met his wife, Meg. Together they opened a handcrafted jewelry shop in an early Cape Cod house they rescued and restored in South Yarmouth, MA. He became a well-respected member of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsman with many of his designs for buckles and jewelry still in production.

An opportunity to return to the Catskills and become Director of the ERPF Center lured John and his family back to the Catskill Mountains, where they’ve resided for the last thirty-seven years. He concentrated on landscape painting after his return to the mountains, and has since achieved major recognition, receiving grants from the NYS Council on the Arts, and exhibiting in New York State and New England.

Over the years, he has donated his time and work generously to support arts and community organizations in Andes, Delhi, Roxbury and Woodstock. He has served the Town of Andes as a member of the Emergency Squad and as Tax Assessor, and was President of the Andes Central School Board at the time of his death.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Andes on Delaware Ave. in the hamlet of Andes at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to The John Hopkins Memorial Scholarship [for a student from Andes Central School preparing for a career in the Arts] c/o The Office of the Superintendent, Andes Central School, 85 Delaware Ave., Andes, N.Y. 13731.

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