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Beatrice Hopkins

Beatrice Hopkins

Monday, November 19th, 1928 - Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
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Hopkins, Beatrice Ann, died suddenly at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in Collingwood on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 in her 91st year. She was visiting family to celebrate Christmas when she unexpectedly fell ill and did not recover.

Bea will join her husband George, the love of her life, who passed away far too soon in 1981 at the age of 53. Bea and George began their journey together in Lakefield, Ontario but soon moved to Toronto where they made their life in the Toronto Beach. Here they raised their children Dan, Sally and Ted and put down deep roots in the community. George worked for the TTC, where he became an inspector and instructor, driving one of the first trains out of Kennedy Station. Bea started a home daycare and became a specialist foster parent with the Children’s Aid Society. For 55 years the Hopkins’ home was a safe haven filled with love and no-nonsense care for hundreds of children. She was fondly referred to as Nana Bea by parents and kids alike with many of her “children” coming to visit her regularly. One of her foster children, Wayne, stayed with Bea for his entire adult life. What started as a way to make extra money for the household is now a legacy that changed the lives of many.

Despite losing George early, Bea was rarely alone. She had a wide group of friends in the neighbourhood who would always drop in for a cup of tea, a sweet and a dose of common-sense advice on any subject that happened to be on top of the agenda for the day. With an infectious laugh and often unexpected sense of humour, a visit to Nana’s left you feeling full and happy. Bea was also a fixture “down Queen”, loved the thrill of thrift and antique store shopping and finding the perfect antique teacup or dish. She lived in her home for 58 years, from the early days of her family life until the end, exactly how she would have wanted it to be.

Bea will be deeply missed by her children Dan (Cindy), Sally (Bruce) and Ted (Patti). Grandchildren Jefferson (Kaia), Lisa (Steve), Stacey (Kevin), Zachary (Laura), Ariel (Derek) and Caitlin (Collin). Great Grandchildren Samuel, Sawyer, Dannah, Carstairs, Audrey, Jackson, Rylea, Georgia and Barrett. Dear sister of Betty Williams (d. Gordon), Idonia Young, Maxwell (d. Marilyn), Cauline (Dale), John (Linda), Garry (June) and Charles (Jesse). Predeceased by her siblings Dorothy Saltern (d. Roley), Robert and Douglas and great grandchild Liam.

A service and celebration of life will be held at St John’s Norway Anglican Church, 470 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4E 2H6 January 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm. There is a large parking lot there but if it is full you can use the roadway in the cemetery for parking.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation (childrenswish.org) or The Hospital for Sick Children (sickkidsfoundation.com)

“Do not mourn for me, for I have not left you.
Look in the eyes of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
And you will find me there.”
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    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    St John’s Norway Anglican Church
    Address
    470 Woodbine Avenue
    TORONTO, ON M4E 2H6
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Sharon Thompson and family

Posted at 03:21pm
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mom. Bea will forever be in my mind and heart. Queen Mom of Elmer Ave.
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Nadine Arseneault

Posted at 11:41am
Bea was our neighbour and the kindness of pure goodness. She always had a smile, a pot of tea to share with good stories to tell. She spoke of her George with smiles and her family was always part of her soothing stories. I will greatly miss her brightness. Kind and deep sympathies to the family.
Nadine Arseneault
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