Douglas Brian Hopkins
Douglas Brian Hopkins
  • February 20, 1947 - March 12, 2016
  • New Haven, Connecticut

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Douglas Brian Hopkins, 69, of New Haven, died peacefully at home on March 12. He was born in Norwich, VT on Feb. 20, 1947, the second son of Leonard and Eleanor (Connie) Hopkins. Doug loved and enjoyed his family! He is survived by his beloved daughter, son and granddaughter, Lindsey B. Hopkins, Walker R. Hopkins, and Emilie M. Albert; his older brother Richard Hopkins of Westborough, Mass.; sister and husband, Deborah and Raymond Vorce of New Castle NH; sister and husband, Suzanne and William McDonough, of Framingham, Mass. His nieces and nephews surviving Doug are: Leigh Walker and children Zachary and Mallory of Westborough MA,;Sharon Hopkins, husband Lincoln Hobby and daughter Carleigh Gaudrea of Worcester MA; Jennifer Smallidge. husband Eric and children Evelyn, Jeremy and Audrey of Woodbridge VA; Jessica Lockwood and fiancé Jonathan Chapman of Cambridge MA, Jared Lockwood of Bolton MA; Liam McDonough, wife Erika and children Myla and Lucas of Lunenburg MA,;Devin McDonough and Cory McDonough of Framingham MA. He is also survived by his former wife, Catharine Hopkins of Madison CT. In 1965 Doug graduated from Lexington (MA) High School and went on to receive a Fine Arts Degree at Boston University in 1969. At a young age Doug won a prestigious award in a regional Boston Globe art contest for his outstanding black and white drawing of a dog. Doug was an exceptional artist and he had an eclectic and creative career. He began working in the marketing/advertising/promotional product area, first at Norman Buffett Co. in Boston where he met and married his wife. In 1974 they moved to Madison, CT and opened a small gift/decorating shop, "Gazebo.". He later continued his career with Harvey Hubbell and Chesebrough Ponds. In 1987, he returned to self employment at "Group H", in Madison, providing similar marketing services. In 2004, he moved north to his family's camp on Lake Willoughby in Westmore, VT, where he always found peace and enjoyment. There, he worked with a builder to totally renovate the camp to make it a beautiful year-round home. He also opened and ran a successful local restaurant, "Kingdom Cooking" and "Mr. Bear's Bar". Around 2008 he returned to live in Connecticut, settling in East Haven, and most recently, New Haven. Doug was passionate about renovating houses! He had an extraordinary ability to do this well, and to leave his unique mark on each, which meant he moved a lot. When he moved back to Connecticut from Vermont, he started another thriving business with his friend, Gary Johnson, "Fresh Perspectives" -- staging homes for sale, often furnishing them, and organizing estate sales. Another unique form of artistic expression that Doug was passionate about were his ornate and colorful Asian tattoos that covered nearly his entire body. He began the tattooing over 10 years ago and he was always looking forward to adding to his body art! Doug Hopkins was a uniquely caring, passionate and generous family member and friend, always at the ready to come alongside those with a need or a problem, a joy or a heartache. He loved others well. He put his all into his work. He left a uniquely "Doug mark" on this world. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Calling hours will be at Swan Funeral Home in Madison on Thurs, March 17, from 4 - 6 pm. The funeral will be on Friday, March 18 at 11:00 am, at The United Church on the Green in New Haven. Reception to follow at the Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made in Doug's memory to: The Connecticut Food Bank, 2 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492