J. Clancy Hopkins Jr. (Bud) son of J. Clancy & Julia Smith Hopkins died February 13, 2014 at his home on Campbells Point at age 89. He was born on December 20, 1924 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Mr. Hopkins attended the old Lincoln School, graduated from Blessed Sacrament School and from Christian Brothers Academy when it was located on Willow St. Syracuse, N.Y
Mr. Hopkins was a combat veteran of the WW II serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of war from 1943 to 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Liberation Medal from the Chinese Government, and several Battle Stars for action in Burma, and China. He was a member of the American Legion, Post # 61
After army service, he attended Syracuse University for two years, and then travelled N. Y. State, Ontario, Canada, and Pennsylvania as a Manufacturers Representative for Marshalltown Tools, Syracuse, NY until his retirement in 1989.
After retirement, he returned to college and received his degree at age 68. Mr. Hopkins was an active volunteer. He was currently a Library Trustee on the Board of The Flower Memorial Library. In 2013 he received the Trustee of the Year award from among approximately 300 + Trustees in the North Country Library System. Mr. Hopkins was the facilitator for the Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support group, a Volunteer at The Samaritan Medical Hospital, and also at the City Historians Office in City Hall, along with his dog, Tiger. Mr. Hopkins was also a docent at the Jefferson County Historical Society and at the South Jefferson Historical Society in Adams, N.Y. On Sundays he was an usher at St. Patricks Church in Watertown, N.Y. He was active in the Jefferson County Genealogical Society having served in various capacities. Mr. Hopkins was a lifelong member and past president of The Campbells Point Association. In 2004 he co-authored a book with his wife, Patti, about the history of Campbells Point. In 2013 his friends at Campbells Point awarded him with a lifetime achievement award that he cherished.
Survivors include his wife, Patti L. (Wagner) of nearly 16 years, his son, Attorney James Clancy III , his wife Rosanne & children Courtney & Heather, both of NYC, and Conor Hopkins of Syracuse, N.Y. His son Kevin S. Hopkins, a Plastic Surgeon, and his wife, Seema, of Corpus Christy, TX. A daughter, Kelley S. Hopkins, her companion, Lisa Downing, and their children Sean and Shaeleigh all of Easthampton, MA. A son, Kerry S Hopkins, his wife, Julie, & children Shane, Kyle, & Jillian, of Jamesville, N.Y. A daughter, Kerrin S. Davis & children Everhett, and Kohlfield, of Skaneateles, N.Y. He also leaves many cousins, and Many Favorite Nieces & Nephews.
Two sisters, Mary-Margaret McGowan, of Staten Island, N.Y., Julie E. Walter of Fayetteville, N.Y. and a brother, William S. Hopkins, of Florida, pre-deceased him.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held10am March 1, 2014 at St. Patricks Church with Reverend Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. No flowers please; however, donations may be made to the Board of Trusties at the Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St. Watertown, NY 13601 or the American Cancer Society, PO box 357 Watertown, NY 13601 Condolences may be made at dlcalarcofuneralhome.com