William E. Hopkins, Jr.

June 13, 1928 - October 19, 2017 Avondale, PA | Age 89 Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend.

William E. Hopkins, Jr., 89, of Avondale, PA departed this life at Twin Pines Health Care Center in Chatham, PA on Thursday, October 19, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of Frances (Babe) Ruello Hopkins with whom he would have shared 60 years of marriage on the date of his death.

Born at Chester County Hospital, he was the second son of the late William E. Hopkins, Sr. and Ruth Hughes Hopkins. A graduate of Kennett High School, class of 1946, he was a lifelong resident of Chester County.

He was a heavy equipment operator for L.H. Taylor until becoming Roadmaster of London Grove Township, retiring in 1999.

He was not only very family oriented, but also very civic minded.   He served as President of the Avondale Fire Company 1993 through 1997 and was “Santa” for many years for various organizations and private parties.  He also volunteered at Chatham Acres Nursing Home, now Twin Pines Health Care Center.  One year he had a birthday party for the residents and for several years took the residents to the Avon Grove Lions and Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast.

He was Past Grand Knight of The Knights of Columbus, Council 3858, and President of the Avon Grove Optimist Club 1964 and 1965.

In 1992 he was honored as Man of the Year, by the Avon Grove Lions Club. And in 1994 he was honored by the Chester County Commissioners and received their Community Service Award.  Beginning as a Recruiter, he was a 40-year member of the Men of Malvern, Chester County Group.

He was a very selfless and caring person and his children and grandchildren gave him much pleasure, especially vacations in Cape May and summer weekends poolside. Sunday was “family dinner day” and many times it was requested he cook his “famous chicken”.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Pratt and her husband, Kenneth, of Avondale, PA, and a son, William E. Hopkins, III (Skip) and his wife, Wendy Kimmel, of Wynnewood, PA. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Tyler K. and Conner W. Pratt, and Morgan L. and William E. Hopkins, IV, (Liam).   He is also survived by his brother, Robert J. Hopkins, of Oxford, PA.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his younger brother, Kenneth J. Hopkins.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 9:00 to 11:00 Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. His Funeral Service will follow at 11:00. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Men of Malvern, 315 South Warren Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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315 South Warren Avenue
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October 25, 2017 9:00-11:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Service

October 25, 2017 11:00 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA


Burial will be held privately


  1. Bill was one of a kind. I have known him for many years , having first met him when he worked for the township. He was a very kind person, as well as very helpful to everyone. It was evident that he was well-liked because he had many visitors at Twin Pines. He demonstrated a sincere love of his family, and they, in turn, shared his love. It was difficult seeing him decline. He is now at peace. Thoughts and sincere prayers are with you. Love to you, Sharon Journey

    Sharon Journey | October 25, 2017 at 2:57 PM
  2. Babe, You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers. Jane Conner

    Jane Conner | October 25, 2017 at 11:09 AM
  3. Wendy and Skip,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Beth Persofsky | October 25, 2017 at 10:49 AM
  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his family. He always had a smile on his face. God Bless.

    Tom Harley | October 25, 2017 at 9:52 AM
  5. To The Hopkins Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss, prayers to all. Diane DiUbaldo Szewczyk

    Diane DiUbaldo Szewczyk | October 25, 2017 at 8:06 AM
  6. One of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    Rich Pesce | October 25, 2017 at 8:03 AM
  7. My heart aches for your family. East wing will never be the same.
    Miss you, sissy

    Tricia | October 24, 2017 at 8:42 PM
  8. East wing will never be the same. My heart aches for your family. You will be missed.
    Miss you, Sissy

    Tricia | October 24, 2017 at 8:39 PM
  9. Dear Lisa,
    We want to offer our sympathy on the loss of your dear father. Reading his obituary makes us realize what a special man he was. I know he was well thought of at Twin Pines. We are sorry for your loss.

    John and Rhonda Molin

    Rhonda Molin | October 24, 2017 at 7:03 PM
  10. Bill was the best example of a wonderful neighbor and dear friend. He always stopped by on his mower or in his truck to have a visit and catch up on things. He will be more missed than he could have ever imagined. Prayers for comfort for all who loved him and especially his dear family.

    vicki sammons | October 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  11. Salt of the Earth. Along with Babe the best Neighbors I ever had and a dear friend. RIP Bill, I will miss you.

    Marvin Sammons | October 24, 2017 at 4:48 PM
  12. Henry & I have many, many fond memories of “Wild Bill”. We remember Bill’s fun-loving spirit by his dancing on top of the tables at Spring Valley; his kindness with his spontaneous anonymous gifts left on our doorstep when he walked in our backyard fields; and his fierce loyalty of protecting our property where he kept his salvage metal hobby. We will always have all these great memories!!

    Phyllis Roberts | October 24, 2017 at 2:10 PM
  13. Mr.Bill
    Will be sadly missed he was one of my favorite people at Twin pines nursing home I’m a aid there at nights.When I came in the night he had pass my heart was broken.Prayers ti you and your family.

    Latoya Rochester | October 24, 2017 at 2:19 AM
  14. Russ and I send our condolences to the Hopkins Family at this sad time.
    I am sure his family was a comfort to him especially his grandchildren.

    Kilmer | October 23, 2017 at 11:02 PM
  15. He was a great friend of my grandfather, Lewis Taylor, who I miss dearly. If there’s a Heaven, they will meet up and cause a lot of trouble!

    Karen Taylor-Kirk | October 23, 2017 at 11:50 AM
  16. So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Always enjoyed chatting with him. I very much enjoyed the had stories to tell me about my father. Those stories meant a lot to me since I lost my Dad when I was 4 years old. Rest easy Bill…

    Roseanne & Gerry Ortega | October 23, 2017 at 8:52 AM
  17. I did not know Mr. Hopkins but I work with his son “Skip” and wish to pass along my condolences to the Hopkins family. Gary

    Gary Musial | October 23, 2017 at 8:36 AM
  18. Lisa,
    Sorry hearing about your father passing.
    I spent many days washing pots, handing out food and serving food
    with you your dad when we were both active with Knights of Columbus.
    Be at peace knowing he is in heaven today. Michael Conner

    MICHAEL J CONNER | October 23, 2017 at 8:03 AM
  19. One of the best times of my day as a UPS driver was seeing Bill everyday. A great guy and a big loss to the London Grove community. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Jim Dolan (UPS driver) | October 22, 2017 at 6:57 PM

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