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Obituary for Richard G Hopkins

Richard Gilpin Hopkins, a resident of Cortlandt Manor, NY for over 55 years, passed away on December 24, 2017.
He was 98.  Richard was born March 25, 1919 in Brewster, NY to Martha Lukens and Wallace Hopkins.
He was raised in Brewster and Carmel, NY, graduating from Carmel High School.  In 1939 he joined the U.S Navy, serving in World War II in the Atlantic and the Pacific as well as the Carribean and Mediterranean.  He attended Officer Candidate School, retiring after 30 years in 1969 as a lieutenant.  Later he worked for IBM in East Fishkill for over ten years. 
He married Astrid Olsen, who predeceased him, on April 4, 1953, in Carmel.  He is also predeceased by his brothers Edward Hopkins and T/5 Reed Hopkins, who was killed in World War II.  He is survived by his daughter, Susan Hopkins of Cortlandt Manor and nieces, Martha Hopkins of Alexandria, VA, Nancy Hopkins Garriss of Harrisonburg, VA, and nephew, Reverend Reed Hopkins of Churchville, VA.
Obtaining his private pilot's license was one of his prized accomplishments.  Addditionally,  
Richard was a member of various hereditary societies, including the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Sons of the American Revolution, his family settling in Putnam County before the Revolutionary War.  He restored various historical
markers in Putnam County as well as Gilead Cemetery, enabling it to be listed on the National Historic Register. 
He was also a Master Mason, a member of Cortlandt Lodge No. 34, Free and Accepted Masons.
Visitation will be held at 10am and a Masonic service will be held 11 a.m. on January 2,2018 at the Balsamo-Cordovano Funeral Home followed by interment at Raymond Hill Cemetery, Carmel.
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