Bill Hopper

Obituary of Bill Hopper

Bill passed away suddenly at River East Personal Care Home on April 1, aged 68 years. He is survived by his brothers Gordon (Wanda) and Jim (Louise); niece Jessie (Paul) and nephews Jody (Lise) and Ben (Rachelle). He was predeceased by his mother Rosalie (2023) and father Cyril (2007). Bill was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, remaining there throughout his life, working career and retirement. His early school years were spent at Ellen Douglas School, followed by Grant Park and Elmwood High Schools where he completed his senior years. After graduation Bill began working for the Manitoba government in 1977, initially for Vital Statistics before being offered a permanent job of microfilming records for the Provincial Archive of Manitoba. When he retired his 25 plus years of service made him the longest serving member of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives staff. His contribution was valuable and far reaching, especially in the reproduction and preservation of important often rare Hudson Bay Company historic documents. Bill was quite active outside of working pursuing a range of hobbies over the years. He participated in wheelchair bowling for many years, earning many trophies and awards. Those who visited him would see them mounted proudly about his apartment. He also played wheelchair basketball, and maintained an appreciation for basketball ever since. He enjoyed watching curling as well as other sports on TV. Bill was an avid music lover (especially folk) with an extensive collection which he listened to often. He attended the Winnipeg Folk Festival from its early beginnings, and remained a dedicated attendee and follower for many years. In his younger years Bill accompanied the family on camping trips, where he enjoyed swimming and fishing. He even managed to fit in a few canoe trips! At the family cottage he would often go fishing on his own in the family boat. Bill was also an international traveler, visiting Jamaica, Hawaii, England, and Las Vegas. He also loved his cars, perhaps most of all his PT Cruiser. Bill’s physical handicap may have sometimes slowed him down but it did not diminish his spirit. He did well for himself, he worked hard, overcame adversities when they arose, and inspired others in that journey by example. His bright smile and easy laugh will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. He will remain in our hearts. Fare thee well. Donations to Bill’s favourite cause, The Winnipeg Humane Society, would be greatly appreciated.
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