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Born: Jan 04, 1943

Date of Passing: Feb 09, 2023

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January 4, 1943 - February 9, 2023

With heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the passing of Gerald Hopps, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and pépère on February 9, 2023, with family by his side, at the age of 80.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Sophie, son Douglas (Monika), grandson Dominick, granddaughter Alyssa, sister Shirley (Bert) Skogan and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his dear parents, Gerald and Ada, and brother, Dale.
Jerry was born on January 4, 1943, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He moved to Winnipeg with his parents in 1946 following the end of the Second World War. Despite living in Manitoba, the majority of his life, he never lost pride in his maritime roots.
Jerry was a student at Vincent Massey Collegiate when it opened in 1960; he graduated two years later, in 1962. Shortly afterwards he joined the Canadian Army Reserves where he served from 1963 to 1974 and earned the rank of Sergeant. Jerry worked at a number of businesses including Standard Brands, and British-American Construction & Materials (BACM) before he took a position with Canada Post in 1978, where he remained until his retirement in 2003.
In 1978, in a small ceremony, consisting of just two guests, he married the love of his life, Sophie. In 1981, they welcomed their only child, a son, Douglas.
Jerry was a man of kindness, honesty, integrity, and pride, which are all attributes that will be instilled in his cherished grandchildren, Dominick and Alyssa. He took great pride in his family, his Irish heritage and being Canadian. Jerry was a big believer in donating blood, which he did over 80 times. In his younger days he loved to hunt, fish and curl; in recent years he enjoyed being with family and friends, following the stock market, watching Canadian football, curling and golf, and spending summer days at Assiniboia Downs watching the horses run.
There will not be a day where his family will not think of him and fondly remember many of the great occasions we shared.
Jerry, Dad, we love you, we miss you and we will see you again someday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jerry's name to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 90 or the CNIB.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

Publish Date: Feb 25, 2023


It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Gerald Hopps on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 80 years.
Gerald is survived by his wife Sophie; son Douglas (Monika); grandchildren, Dominick and Alyssa; sister Shirley (Bert) Skogan.
In keeping with Gerald's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Gerald may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 90 or the CNIB.
A longer obituary will follow.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
680 Archibald Street

Publish Date: Feb 14, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 14, 2023, Feb 25, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • To Sophie & family, I am so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I worked with Jerry at Canada Post. Started a year after he did, I will always remember his friendship, and socializing at the legion. He was a great person and will be missed. He was so very proud when his son was born, and of Sophie. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Jack Lee (co-worker, friend) on: Mar 22, 2023

  • I worked with Gerry at Canada Post and Gerry was always class. We used to enjoy a beer together too at Assiniboia Downs (although I hadn’t seen him in recent years) Farewell Gerry - and thanks for your company! - Posted by: Jim Malloy (co worker ) on: Mar 09, 2023

  • I worked with Jerry at Canada Post. He was always kind & always had a smile; he made you feel like you were the only one in the room! Such a gentle soul! My condolences to Jerry’s family…may he rest in peace! Carol - Posted by: Carol (Co-worker from Canada Post) on: Feb 24, 2023

  • Our sincere condolences to you Shirley, Bert and family. Cheryl and Jack and family - Posted by: Cheryl Willis (Family friends) on: Feb 14, 2023

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