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Stanley Everett Hopkins, C.D.


Captain (N), RCN


Born: 26 Jan 1926          Died: 28 Oct 2023


HOPKINS, Stanley Everett, UEL, CD, MSc, P.Eng - Captain Hopkins, age 95, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital after a short illness. Stanley, the son of Stanley Virgil Hopkins and his wife Ruby Hopkins (nee Corman), was born at the family farm on Guelph Line in Burlington Ontario. He was educated at Burlington High School and entered Royal Roads Naval College as a cadet in 1945, and subsequently attended the Royal Naval Engineering College Plymouth England and the Royal Naval College Greenwich England. It was during this period he met and married his wife, Pamela Rowe, of Kingsteignton, Devon. He served in H.M.S. Agincourt, H.M.S. Illustrious, on two appointments to H.M.C.S. Quebec, and in H.M.C.S. Bonaventure. He was the first Canadian Marine Engineer to graduate with a master's degree in nuclear engineering (from the University of Ottawa). He went on to have a long and distinguished career in the Navy, overseeing the maintenance and repair of vessels at CFB Esquimalt and the building of new ships from his posting at DND headquarters in Ottawa. In Ottawa he served as President at H.M.C.S. Bytown Officers' Mess. After retirement in 1978 he joined L. E. Minogue & Associates as a partner. Following the sale of that company he continued as a consultant for a number of years and continued to be a member of the Mess. He was a member of the Naval Officers Association of Canada, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering, and the R.N.E. Quart Club. He had a long and happy retirement in Ottawa and the family cottage in the Gatineau Hills. He is survived by Pamela, his wife of over 70 years, daughter Julie, sons Jamie and William, sister Susan, grandchildren Andrew and Veronica, and many "navy" nieces and nephews. Donations to the Ottawa General Hospital, whose staff took great care of Stanley, would be welcome. Service arrangements will be announced separately. Published by The Globe and Mail from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 2023.


Ships served in:

HMS AGINCOURT (Battle Class Destroyer)

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (Illustrious Class Aircraft Carrier)



HMCS BYTOWN (Officer's Mess)



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