Hoppus, Calvin (Cal) Frederick

WWII Veteran

June 8, 1924 – June 6, 2012

Passed away just 2 days before his 88th birthday. He was the youngest son of Roy and Lottie Hoppus. Born in Alix, Alberta, he moved with his family to Lacaombe, Alberta at age 2. He left home at 17 and joined the navy. He was a mine sweeper during WWII. After the war he joined the Air Force.

Cal lived in a lot of places over the years. Some were Churchill, MB, Bagotville, Quebec, Moncton, Halifax, and retired from Trenton, ON and moved to Courtenay, where he lived for over 40 years. He kept his own house until 2010 and moved to Nanaimo to be closer to his family.

He was an avid gardener and sports fan, especially hockey and enjoyed horse racing. He was predeceased by his wife Rita in 1985, one sister Vera Cameron, brothers Willis, Willard and Les, niece Patricia Hoppus, nephew Morgan Hoppus, and great nephew Kerry Avey.

Survived by his nieces Merna Paul, Myra Avey, and Jan (Ernie) Couture. He was a great uncle to many, great great uncle to many and great great great uncle to 4. Also missing him are his sister in law Ruth Hoppus of Lacombe, brother in law Bill Trill of Hope, and a good long time friend since 1947, Don Turner.

Many thanks to Dr. Njalsson and the staff of Wexford Creek for all the kindness and excellent care.

Cal will be missed immensely. Always loved and never forgotten. We’re grateful for the time we had together.

A Private family celebration of Cal’s life will be held in his honour.

“Memories of yesterday will always give us a tomorrow.”

Sands ~ Nanaimo

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