Chuck Hopkins (May 8, 1949 – February 17, 2022)

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Chuck Hopkins, at 72, from complication with cancer on February 17th, 2022. Chuck was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta on May 8, 1949. The family resided on Cut Bank Lake, north of Wembly, AB, until 1951, when his family moved to Tangent, AB.

He learned his hard work ethic when his father worked out winters and from a young age took on the farm responsibilities. They grew grains, raised cattle, chickens, all while taking care of his mother and little sisters.

He attended Eaglesham School where he graduated high school in 1968. He started working rigs in 1968 from Roughneck to Driller in very short time. He pushed tools for several years and became a Drilling Consultant in 1999, all while growing his farming operation. He worked all over AB, BC and the Artic.

He welcomed his daughters, whom he loved dearly, with his first wife, Mary Helen, in 1980 and 1981. He taught his girls the value of hard work and a good joke.

He retired from farming in 2007 and continued as a full time Drilling Consultant until 2017. He and his partner, Louise Galenza, purchased a small property south of Clearwater, BC, in 2013, where he brought his horses, got his dog, Raven, and learned irrigation. He was happy living a less stressful life. He was respected as “a legend in the oil patch”, a progressive farmer, a trusted friend to many, a helpful neighbour, hard worker and ethical. He was a good man and will be sadly missed.

Chuck is predeceased by his father and mother, Art and Amy Hopkins. He will be remembered in the hearts of his partner, Louise; daughters Dawn (Scott) Kuz and Christina (Jason) Crichton; grandsons Ryatt and Cashton Kuz; sisters Kathy (Ray) Grimm and Sue (Harry) Allen; several loved nieces and nephews; step-children Paul (Kristina) Galenza, Jon (Roberta) Galenza, and Anna Gillis; and step-grandchildren Justine, Emerson, Jovie Galenza, and Owen and Liam Gillis.

Celebrations of his Life will be held in Clearwater, BC, on the weekend of his birthday, May 8th, and again in Tangent, AB, on the first week of July. More information will be made available.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal shelter in his honour.