Harley W. "Hoppy" Hopkins Sr. passed on a little past 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Born August 25, 1928 in a tiny country farmhouse in Windham, Conn. he tells the story of paying the doctor with a bushel of potatoes. We questioned it but he really liked potatoes just like his son-in-law Todd. He lived in Windham and Lebanon, Conn. for his younger life, moving to Brooks, Maine 20 years ago. He made many loving, helpful and loyal friends in his time. His hunting buddies will most remember him for the hunting cabin meals he cooked up. He believed cooking was one of the best ways to show earthly love.

He was not formally educated but was master in common sense, mechanical capabilities, carpentry, beekeeping, taxidermy and all things in nature and he had a green thumb the size of Long Island with his fruit trees and veggie gardens.

As a retired state worker and Army veteran, he traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada for fishing and hunting trips, and he rode his Hog with motorcycle friends. His personality and spirit were fun loving with the energy of a beagle or blue tick coon hound on a hot trail for the first day of hunting season. We all tried to keep up: his children, Harley Jr, and his beautiful daughter Kathy Lynn Hopkins and her husband Todd; his grandchildren, Bryan, Eric and Aimee Lynn; and great-grandchildren Jaelyn Abagail and Jacksen Annabell.

He was pretty honest, more of a doer than talker, and true friends who shared time with him knew him as a good man not perfect, but good. Be sad for a short time, for you miss him, but rejoice more in his wonderful time spent here in this strange and difficult place we call life. He has entered the forest now searching for that perfect stump or stonewall to sit on and rest and the woods are silent for a little while until the birds, squirrels, and our little thoughts and prayers start singing. Then he will smile forever.

Please, your little thoughts of him and prayers are enough, so don't send flowers but one could make donations to any cause involved with protection of wildlife. There will be a small gathering at his home in Brooks, Maine on Saturday, March 22 from noon  to 3 p.m.