David Ralph Hopper of Groton died at his home on October 12th. He was born in Mansfield Ohio, the son of LeRoy and Florence (Haney) Hopper.
David was a champion in life, an enthusiastic basketball player who lettered in lacrosse at Ohio State University where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hiking and skiing. He won titles in his local golf club and in tennis doubles competition.
A scientist and critical thinker, David also had a fierce love for the natural world and all the people and things that inhabit it. He was always able to find great joy in the small things like the bright flash of a hummingbird outside the window or day lilies nodding in the sunshine. He loved a good mystery, particularly the “Spencer” novels of Robert B. Parker. His guitar was never far from his hand, as Dave enjoyed folk music and tried to instill in his many nieces and nephews an appreciation for the music of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul, and Mary. In later years he pursued a quest to become Mississippi John Hurt and to master the flatpick guitar.
He was adored by all the women in his life — his wife Corinne, his sisters and all his “girls,” the many cats who warmed his lap and heart with their antics.
David was known and loved for his humble generosity of spirit and dogged determination. Underneath it all flowed a great love for family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and could take a joke as well as dish it out, and never tired of “driving Miss CC”. The one great sorrow in his life was the loss of his beloved “Kagen”, his lovely daughter Karen, at far too young an age. He treasured her memory and allowed it to brighten his spirit rather than dim it.
His favorite saying was “It is a good day — I woke up this morning!” and he truly lived that saying. David took everything leukemia could throw at him with the same cheerful determination that had made him a champion in so many ways and defied the expectations of the medical community more than once before finally letting go. He died at home with his wife and dearest companion, Corinne, at his side along with the loving support of his mother-in-law Amelia Smith and his many furry friends to speed him on his journey.
David worked as a chemical engineer and a chemical engineering manager throughout his professional career. His survivors include his wife Corinne C. Howard of Groton; three sisters: Marjorie Williams of Chesapeake, Ohio; Elizabeth Larson of Athens, Ohio; and Patricia Black of Athens, Ohio; and brother LeRoy Hopper of Columbus, Ohio. He was the very loving father of the late Karen Hopper.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust, P.O. Box 401, Groton, MA 01450, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at http://www.lls.org/ , or the “Be The Match” Bone Marrow Donor Program at http://www.marrow.org/Home.aspx .
A Memorial Service will be held at a date to be announced. Please see www.badgerfuneral.com .