Tilton, N.H.---William Perley Hopkinson, 84, of Tilton, came to rest on February 14, 2003 in Concord, NH. He was the husband of the late Isabella (Piscapo) Hopkinson of Laconia, NH.
Born in Newburyport, MA (Rings Island) on April 22, 1918, he was the son of the late William Perley and Hazel Berle (Walton) Hopkinson and there he grew up with his four sisters Edith, Hazel, Lillian and Ruth.
In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in WWII and became a Carpenter's Mate First Class serving in the South Pacific Theater. He later resided in Billerica, MA in the late 1940's and early 1950's and operated an antique shop on Middlesex Street in Lowell, MA. In the mid 1950's he moved to New Hampshire residing in both Gilmanton Iron Works, NH and downtown Tilton, NH and finally moved to the Lochmere section of Tilton. Here for some time in the 1970's he and his wife opened an antique doll and toy museum next to their home. Their home also became a weekly haven for antique pickers, dealers and buyers to rendezvous. Throughout his working career and until his illness he was self employed as an antique dealer and was a master cabinet maker of fine furniture and antique paneling and was quite happy working a seven day work week.
He was affectionately known as "Bill" or "Hoppy" and will be remembered for truly loving his family, close friends and work. He earned much respect from all because of his open hearted ways of life and saw the good side of everyone he met. His workmanship, knowledge of antiques, and honesty were a very important part of his life.
He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, Gary, Karen and Kristen Hopkinson all of Dunstable, MA. He also leaves several caring friends in the NH area, many of which, were like a second family to him.
Calling hours will be held at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, Monday February 17, 2003 from 5-8 PM using the Carriage House entrance. Calling hours also will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex Street, North Chelmsford, MA Tuesday February 18, 2003 from 5-8 PM.
A private graveside service will be held in the family lot in Central Cemetery, Dunstable, MA.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association/Hospice House, 250 Pleasant Street, POBox 1797 Concord, NH 03302-1797.