Robert J. Hopkins Sr

October 3, 1926 - June 22, 2020 Oxford, PA | Age 93 Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend

Robert J. Hopkins Sr, age 93, of Avondale, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22 at Ware Presbyterian Village in his Assisted Living apartment, where he enjoyed living the past 5.5 years. He was the husband of the late Mary Leo Hopkins, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage until her death in 2016.

Born in West Chester, PA, he was raised in Toughkenamon, attended Kennett High School, and lived most of his life in Avondale. He was the eldest of 3 sons of the late William E. Hopkins, Sr. and Ruth H. Hopkins. He was pre-deceased by his wife and his son Robert J. Hopkins, Jr., as well as 2 brothers, William E. Hopkins, Jr. and Kenneth J. Hopkins. He also leaves behind 3 children, Christine Hopkins Rizzotte, Michael L. Hopkins and his wife Donna, and Gary A. Hopkins and his wife Elizabeth.

He was loved and will be missed by his 8 grandchildren, Diane Rizzotte Bucklaw, Nicholas Rizzotte, Kyle Hopkins, Kellianne Eckman and her husband Phil, Michael Hopkins, Jr. and his wife Kari, Jackie McCarthy and her husband Fred, Gary Hopkins, Jr. and his fiancée Elizabeth, and Bryan Hopkins. He will also be missed by his 9 great grandchildren, Jeffrey Bird, Jr., Angela Bird, Jason Bucklaw, Zachary Eckman, Juliana Eckman, Michael Hopkins, III, Sophia Hopkins, Kennedy McCarthy and Catherine McCarthy.

He was a member of St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale, and also received blessings while attending Mass and Rosary service while he lived at Ware
Bob was proud to serve his country during World War II. He enlisted in 1943 with the 3rd Marine Division and spent time in Guam and Okinawa. In 1944 he was on a ship headed for the planned invasion of Japan, which was cancelled following the bombing of Hiroshima and the surrender of Japan. He then served on the island of Chi Chi Jima during what is known as the Chichijima Incident in 1945. He was a prison guard, securing Japanese Officers that the United States was holding due to acts that were later charged as war crimes. He was proud of his service and almost always wore his bright red Marine Chi Chi Jima hat. He was honored to ride in the Kennett Veterans Day parade several times and served as Grand Marshall in 2016.

Bob was always a hard worker. During the early years of his marriage he owned/managed gas stations and then later became rooted in the mushroom business. He enjoyed setting up mushroom selling routes for local growers, then later doing so on his own. He also spent several years as a grower. He built the home that he raised his family in, using mostly his own hands, enlisting local friends with various skills to help, and hiring several local specialists for the technical jobs. He was proud of his home and thrilled to have it pass on to his grandson, Michael Jr., who is happily raising his family there.

He always enjoyed being around and visiting with family and friends, being sure to celebrate holidays at the house, or having parties for neighbors and friends. He spent many days in retirement visiting Michael and Gary at their mushroom plants, always helping out whenever he could. He enjoyed all Philly sports teams, puttering around in the yard, growing his rose bushes along the fence, watching the birds at his bird feeder, playing his word-search game and of course, flying the American flag in the yard. He enjoyed time with the McDonalds Breakfast Club and no matter what or when, always had an interesting story to tell!

His Graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Friday, July 10, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Ware Presbyterian Village Employee Fund, 7 E Locust Street,
Oxford, PA 19363 or to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Please enhance this tribute to Bob by adding your memories.

Memorial Donations

Ware Presbyterian Village Employee Fund

7 E Locust Street
Oxford, PA 19363

Willow Tree Hospice

616 E Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


Graveside Service

July 10, 2020 12:00 St. Patrick"s Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. To the Hopkins Family

    We are so sorry for your loss!

    We have so many fond memories of Bob and Mary. For many years, Bob and Mary were an integral part of our lives. They were such loving supportive friends.

    We truly will always miss them.

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim and Ginny Frezzo

    Jim and Ginny Frezzo | July 16, 2020 at 11:09 AM
  2. To the Hopkins Family;
    Sending our condolences, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Antonette Bacchetta Fitz

    Antonette Fitz | July 12, 2020 at 6:15 PM
  3. We will be holding the Hopkins family in the light through this difficult time. What a wonderful legacy Bob has left for the family and the Kennett community.

    Carl, Heidi and Sam Benson

    Carl Benson | July 8, 2020 at 10:18 AM
  4. So very sorry for your loss. He lived a very full and colorful life, which will give you all great memories forever.

    Anne and Steve Lolli | July 8, 2020 at 9:28 AM
  5. To the Hopkins families,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May you all find comfort in the many happy memories you have. May his soul Rest In Peace.

    Bob Abernethy | July 6, 2020 at 11:13 PM
  6. Michael and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your father passing.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and our condolences to the family.
    Michael and Maryann

    Michael Conner | July 5, 2020 at 12:07 PM
  7. Sorry for your loss. My cousin Karen DiFillippo was related to this family and I have childhood memories of playing up at the house many times. May he rest in Peace and we are thankful for his US service. God Bless.

    Rosemarie Bacchetta Scope | July 3, 2020 at 7:32 PM
  8. Christine Michael and Gary sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families. Hugo and Denise

    Hugo Taraboletti | July 2, 2020 at 6:01 PM
  9. Michael and Gary I am sorry for your loss. Of all the people who I have met in my years in the mushroom industry Bob was one of my favorites. He was a regular at the Donut Hole weekday mornings with the old gang and was always a happy guy.
    Hope to see you again someday Bob.

    Clint Blackwell | June 30, 2020 at 9:24 PM
  10. Christine, Michael,Gary and Families,
    So sorry to heard about your Dads passing. I know he will be truly missed by all. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Terry Forte

    Terry forte | June 30, 2020 at 5:25 PM
  11. Christine, so sorry to hear of your fathers Passing. It is always hard to lose a parent.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and
    your family.
    Dee Allen

    Dee Allen | June 30, 2020 at 9:45 AM
  12. Mike and families,

    So sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our condolences.
    May the great memories bring you solace at this time.

    Joe & Susan Donohoe

    Joe Donohoe | June 29, 2020 at 7:38 PM
  13. To the Hopkins Families
    My prayers and condolences are with you 🙏 all. May your dad, granddad and great grandda ds’ soul Rest In Peace.Many happy memories of your family are with me daily.

    Thomas mcLaughlin | June 29, 2020 at 3:18 PM
  14. Loved having robert and mary on summer vacations at ocean pines and the long talks in the drive way and him telling us if you dont feel good just walk around the house alot of times will miss him Kyle love it when he would come to the mushroom house and tell him get in the truckboy we are going to lunch so sorry to all hopkins family

    dawn m hopkins | June 29, 2020 at 3:08 PM
  15. Dear Mike and Family, We are sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. We know how much joy he brought into your lives. It seems we treasure the relationship with our parents even more as they age. They becomes more precious and it’s especially difficult to say goodbye.
    Thinking of you all and God Bless,
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | June 29, 2020 at 11:13 AM
  16. To All of robs family all of the memories had with Bobby and brownie. You are so loved by me. Thoughts and prayers are with you all 🙏 Well now they are all together and having a good time. Love to you Lisa Brown Arguello

    Lisa | June 29, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Sign the Guestbook

Your email will not be published. All fields are required.
Comments are held for moderation. Please allow 24 hours for review and approval.