Captain Denis Hopkins. 1939-2021
On 19th of April, 2021, a beautifully sunny spring day, with his beloved wife Sandy lying beside him, Denis Hopkins died peacefully in his sleep, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. where he was being treated for a variety of underlying health issues which had surged in the last month of his life. He is survived by his wife Sandy, his daughter Elizabeth Hopkins, his brother Raymond (Shirley), and his sister Lorraine Kidner.
Denis was born in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan on the 6th of June, 1939. As a young boy he dreamed, as did so many boys and girls, of learning to fly. He lived his dream, first as a pilot in the RCAF serving in Canada and the Middle East. During his pilot training he flew the Harvard which led to his oft made comment ‘I was Harvard-trained’. After he left the RCAF, Denis flew for the remainder of his aviation career as a First Officer and a Captain with Air Canada flying different aircraft on domestic and overseas routes.
After thousands of flying hours, Denis retired in 1999 at the age of 60. He and Sandy settled happily in Calgary. They enjoyed taking frequent trips to Hawaii, and were married in their cherished Maui. They moved to Victoria in 2013, where they immensely enjoyed living by the sea. They travelled frequently to many exotic destinations. Their obvious love for each other, the intelligent humour, decency, and kindness, were an inspiration and a comforting example that their admiring friends and neighbours will greatly miss.
Captain Hopkins carried great responsibility in the service of the profession he had dreamed of as a boy and never ceased to love. With gentle self-deprecating humour he shared his devotion of flying the skies over countless coffees and flight deck yarns with a cherished circle of fellow aviators; however, nothing could rival his great fortune in having shared a golden life with his wife and best friend, Sandy. Denis will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.
A celebration of life to follow. Condolences may be offered at: https://www.victoriasimplycremations.com/denis-hopkins/