In Memory Of


John (Billy) William Hopkins

Apr 15, 1958 - May 23, 2021


  A Private Graveside Service will be held at the Leslieville Cemetery, Leslieville, Alberta.


Leslieville Cemetery


Bill’s father fought in WW1, so the family has chosen that donations in Bill’s name may be made to the WAR AMPS of Canada.


Hopkins, John William (Billy)


John William (Billy) Hopkins, passed away suddenly on May 23, 2021. Bill was born to parents Maria and Percy John Hopkins (Benner) in Calgary, Alberta on April 15, 1958.

Bill enjoyed a happy childhood in Calgary and had fond memories of his adventures and misadventures, with his friends and family. He highly valued the relationships he built with his family and friends, maintaining lifelong bonds with a number of them.

In 1979, Bill met the love of his life, Sharon, they were married in 1980.

Bill attended the University of Calgary and obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science before they moved to Ottawa where Bill graduated with his law degree.

Bill began a successful career in law in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1986. Where he and Sharon welcomed their first son Drew. The family moved to their permanent home in Rocky Mountain House, in 1988, where they welcomed their second son Shane. Bill practiced law at Woollard Hopkins and Company until May 2013.

Bill enjoyed a brief retirement after many successful years in his partnership before starting with Chatters Canada. In 2015, Bill was sworn in as a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, where he continued to challenge himself professionally until his death. Justice Hopkins relished in acquiring more knowledge and found much joy and comradery with fellow colleagues.

The most important thing to Bill was his family and he loved spending time with Sharon, Drew and Shane as well as his extended family and those he came to consider family. He felt blessed every day and cherished every moment at the home he and Sharon built together.

The Hopkins went on numerous memorable road trips that included stops across North America. Reno became an annual trip where the family enjoyed time in the sun, and long games of name that tune featuring classic rock music where Bill remained undefeated.

Bill valued the time he was able to spend cheering on his boys at their many sporting events rarely missing an opportunity to attend a soccer or football game and spending many days skiing at Lake Louise. It wasn’t only on the sideline that Bill enjoyed playing games - he was constantly teasing and playing jokes on his wife, his boys, and eventually, his daughter in laws.

Bill was someone who was quick to smile, laugh, lend a helping hand and endless support. He enjoyed inviting family and friends, new and old, to come share a conversation, coffee, glass of wine and a card game or two at his table or around the fire. He offered sound advice and learned opinions to those who asked and a listening ear to those who needed it. Bill would do anything for his family, and they were his number one priority.

Bill will forever be remembered for being a loving Husband, Father and incredible Grandpa as well as a sound confidant and loyal friend.

Bill was predeceased by his father, Percy John Hopkins, his mother, Maria Hopkins and his sister Joanne Mcleod.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon, sons Drew (Jodi) granddaughter Beau, Shane (Courtney) along with his extended family, friends and colleagues.

A Private Graveside Service will be held at the Leslieville Cemetery, Leslieville, Alberta.

Bill’s father fought in WW1 so the family has chosen that donations in Bill’s name may be made to the WAR AMPS of Canada.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626


Mustafa Ahmad:

I am terribly sorry to hear about the passing of Honourable Justice Hopkins. Justice Hopkins presided over a Special Chambers hearing in my divorce case. His insight, wisdom, and knowledge were evident from the moment I first heard him speak. His demise has come as a shock to me, and I am praying for his family and for his soul. May the Lord give his loved ones strength at this difficult time, and may he rest in peace.

Chris Fenc:

Bill brought life into my workplace and always brought a smile to my face. I'm very lucky to have ever met such a kind-hearted man. My condolences.

Justin And Carol Sczebel:

Sharon, Drew, Shane and family.

Our profound condolences for your loss. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

John MacNaughton and Carolyn Tulloch:

Sharon and family;
We knew Bill through a variety of pursuits. Law, poker, travel, fire pit storytelling. Whatever the environment, his good nature and values held him in good stead. He was sought out for comfortable companionship and was a trusted friend.
When Bill spoke of his family, his face would light up. He frequently told stories of family interaction, and expressed plans for future events.
Our deepest condolences to your family on your sudden loss. Bill will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.


Caring thoughts bring comfort to the heart

Carol Griner:

My condolences to Bill's family. I met him when I was working at the Law Library, what a wonderful and thoughtful man. Bill always had a smile and greeting when he walked though the door, he will be sadly missed by everyone he met.

Mike Gauthier:

We keep Bill, Sharon, family and friends close to our hearts during a difficult time. Bill made everyone feel welcome and comfortable around him with a great sense of humour and good cheer. Bill was very supportive as I made a career switch to nursing several years ago and he checked on me periodically in the last year to make sure I was ok with stressed and difficult work environments. I will miss the sports chats and his insight on life's challenges. The world lost a good man and even better soul. I'm a better person having crossed paths with him, RIP my friend.

Gerald and Brenda:

Our deepest condolences to you Sharon and your family. Everett phoned tonight to tell us he had seen Bill's obituary in the Western Star. It was a shock to hear of Bill's passing. Many years ago we were at your wedding. We always enjoyed our times at soccer games.
How fast time marches on. We will be praying for God's comfort and strength for you. If you need a coffee and a listening ear, I'm here for you.

Patrick Jarvis:

Sharon and family - our most profound condolences for your loss. Bill's passing has caused a great sense of loss for me, a shadow of sorrow, and that with limited time spent with him over the last several years, so simply can not imagine the "hole" in your life with him taken so suddenly. Lisa and I grieve for you as you grieve the loss of your husband, partner-in-life, father and grand-father. It has been a year and a half since I last saw Bill and so enjoyed our conversation! His kindness, warmth and generosity shone through brightly, amplified by the wisdom he had gained through his various roles in life. After that fortuitous gathering with old friends -- there were several of us at a Stampeders game -- Bill and I exchanged a few texts, one in which he told me, "Pat, we can't let too much time go between get together, we are on the downside of time now...." Dark foreshadowing it was, and I deeply lament not having stayed in closer touch with Bill, not just since then, but over the years since school. Lots of people pass in and out of our lives but it is those of quality, individuals with grace, that we need cherish our time with and store the memories. To me it speaks of the quality of a person when their passing deeply impacts your feelings and your thoughts around life. I shall keep the memory of Bill and the precious time spent with him, the kindnesses he afforded me, deep within my heart. Sharon - we are so very sorry, with our love and deepest sympathy, Patrick (Pat) and Lisa

Ann & Bryce Hill:

Condolences to the entire family on the loss of Billy, he was always great to visit with and up for a good laugh.
He will be missed.

Ann & Bryce

Meagan Clarke:

My deepest condolences to your family. Bill was such a kind man, with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

carolyn butler:

Dear Sharon, Drew and Shane.
We are very saddened by the passing of Bill. Know that we are praying for all of you at this difficult time.
Praying that you feel Jesus' love and His care wrapping around you.

Jackie Janes:

My deepest condolences to your whole family.
Bill helped me with paperwork after my husband passed away. I was so happy to work with him, as he was compassionate, kind and knowledgeable about my husband's collection. I could see this was a man anyone would be lucky to call friend.

Diane Ridley:

MY thoughts and prayers are with Justice Hopkin's wife and family. I had the pleasure of frequently appearing in front of Justice Hopkins. He provided a sterling example to the bar and was a gentleman at all times.
We lost a good man and we will miss him in Wetaskiwin.

Len Doroshuk:

I am deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing.
God's grace to you as you navigate your journey without Bill.
You are in our prayers and thoughts

Chuck Gulley:

It is with extreme sadness that we heard of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts are with you Sharon and the kids. I will always fondly remember having lunches with Bill, “bushing for the bill” (which he usually lost). Hopsing will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. We have lost gentleman, lawyer, judge and friend. Chuck & Armella.

Arlene Stillings:

Sincere condolences Sharon and family. I didn't know Bill but as a cousin to you , thinking of you all.
Love , Arlene

Leona Crawford :

I have had the pleasure of knowing Billy, for about 21yrs, he used to bring his Toyota 4 runner into Red Deer Toyota, we remained friends all these years, it was very easy to be friends, his laughter, and smile could brighten up a room, he had a great ear for listening, My husband and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend than Billy. He loved his family with all his heart, even though I have not personally met you Sharon, Drew, and Shane I felt like I knew you; he talked about his family always, and then when he became a grandpa that was his biggest joy,
My husband Dale and I send our deepest condolences to all of you, may you find comfort in his memories and may it surround you with love and give you strength in this difficult time.

Dawn & Eric Humphrey:

There are no words that can fix the deep loss felt when someone you love passes away. We send our love and deepest condolences to you Sharon, Drew, and Shane.

Bruce and Trish Buckley:

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. He was a colleague, a friend, and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. We will miss his quick wit, bright smile, enthusiasm and friendship.
He was one of my (Bruce's) favorite lawyers to work with/opposite as he brought good sense, and practical perspective that was invaluable. People in conflict with each other can often lose sight of the forest for the trees, but Bill was always able to show his clients the best way forward, even if they had lost sight of it themselves.
Bill and I had similar tastes in music and we often discussed music and reminded each other of tunes or artists that the other had forgotten. I will miss those discussions.
He was one of my (Trish's) favorites during my time at the Law Library, and has remained so, ever after. He was a bright light whose face lit up every time we met up with him. He will be sorely missed.

Kenneth R. Sockett:

Bill was a friend for many years. He often made agency appearances for me when I had them in Rocky. I do have to tell one story about how he had it over me once. The lawyers in the crowd will appreciate this. It was a cold, stormy day in the middle of winter in Central Alberta. I had a chambers application in Wetaskiwin, Bill was on the other side. If I recall it was the first time the matter had been set down. Bill phoned me to request an adjournment and if i recall he phoned me at home in the early morning. I told him my client would not allow me to adjourn (for whatever reason - I have long since forgotten). As a result he had to drive. He asked for his adjournment and got it. They he asked for costs in the amount of $1,000. The Justice if i recall correctly was from Calgary and granted the costs application for making him drive. The rules under which lawyers function in Alberta require that all reasonable requests for adjournment will be granted. I regretted my decision in hindsight and paid the costs personally rather than have my client pay.
For many years I remembered with affection the lesson Bill had taught me and often referenced the outcome to other young lawyers who from time to time have shown resistance about adjournments.
I will miss Bill who like myself was a small town practitioner in Central Alberta. If i can quote the late great Mr. Justice Virgil Moshansky who practiced law for years in Vegreville before he was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench, "We get some of our best Justices out of the small towns in Alberta. In small towns lawyers have to do it all and get wide experience". That was true for Justice Hopkins. He was an excellent appointment to the Court of Queen's Bench for Central Alberta and his untimely passing is unfortunate. He will be missed.

Rebecca Adenekan:

A complete gentleman, as warm as a dove, so saddened by this news, to his family I say it's hard but hold on to the beautiful memories and please accept my condolence. The honourable Justice Hopkins you will be missed rest on.

Wendy Hutchins -von Hollen:

Sharon, Drew and Shane,
I am at a loss for words. I am so very sorry for your loss. Bill was such a kind, wonderful person. I went to school with Bill in Calgary and found it funny that we both ended up in a small town like Rocky Mountain House to start our careers. May you find comfort in the memories you all shared together. Rest in peace my friend.

Duane Daines:

My deepest sympathies to your family, I can’t imagine the shock your going through. I really feel lucky to have known Bill as a friend. What a outstanding man and fun to be around. All my prayers to your family.

Bryan Mahoney :

In knowing Bill and confirmed by his obituary, he was a good man of family, friends and laughter. A good life lived strong. No matter how hard death tries, it cannot separate the love in the hearts between Bill, you and your family. Peace be with you all.
Bryan Mahoney

Dale and Marlene Hansen:

Our hearts hurt for you in this terrible loss. Bill was one of our favourite storytellers. We thoroughly trusted him as our lawyer and have always known he would be a fair and knowledgeable judge. We pray God’s comfort for you.

Jarrod Leppard:

I met Bill about 15 years ago at a card table. He was one of the best friends/role models I could ask for. He was always genuinely happy, energetic and would spare no expense to get a laugh out of you.

Gonna miss you Billy.

Alicia :

Justice Hopkins was a wonderful man. He would tell me stories about his wife, his sons, his granddaughter and his dog, Rosie. His smile and laugh would light up the room and his calm spirit would put everyone at ease. I am so greatful that I got to know him. Rest in peace, My Lord, you will be missed dearly.

Olusola Adenekan:

May his soul rest in peace, may the Lord grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Peter Crossley :

I wish to express my deepest
condolences. I met Bill (as I called him) when I moved here as a student
lawyer. Bill was always collegial and very kindly lent me his robes for my swearing
in ceremony in 1992. After that we were opposites on a few things and I always
enjoyed talking to him and sparring with him. After he stopped practise in Rocky
I was happy to have Bill act as my locum and I always knew that my clients were
being looked after when I was away. Once Bill was elevated to the bench we didn’t
have too many personal conversations but when we did he was pleasant and graciously insisted
I call him by his first name when we weren’t in court, which I appreciated.
Bill was fun, genuine, and decent. As a judge Bill was well respected. I will
miss him.

W Albert Skinner:

Bill was a true joy. His smile was infectious and he was a pleasure to be around. A true gentleman through and through. He will be sorely missed.

Lisa Matchett:

I had the pleasure of working with Bill at the Law Office of Wollard Hopkins and Company as well. He was a kind sole and I enjoyed my time that I spent working with him. He will be missed.

Lynaia & Wally Rechenmacher:

Sharon, Drew, Jodi, Beau, Shane and Courtney The times we were fortunate enough to spend with Bill will be cherished forever. Becoming a blended family allowed us the privilege to spend some great occasions together. Weddings, Mothers Day, Birthdays and family get togethers. Our heart aches for all of you. Please know we are here for you.
Big hugs and love.

Marj Whamond:

Sharon: We want to send our love to you, and offer our most sincere condolences. Although we didn’t really know Bill, we sure have wonderful memories of you and us cousins growing up. Our hearts ache for you as you make this unexpected journey. May you feel the love of Jesus as He wraps His arms around you and may you find comfort knowing that you will meet again.
Our love
Marj, Muriel and Marlene
and Aunt Ivie

Court of Queen's Bench, Medicine Hat:

Sharon and family: We at Medicine Hat Queen's Bench offer our deepest condolences. We were so looking forward to seeing him in July. As you know, they are a few of us still left here that worked with Justice Hopkins as a young lawyer. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Nicole Stansky:

My thoughts and prayers are with Justice Hopkin's family. I am a Judicial Assistant in Edmonton and I had the joy to assist Justice Hopkins when he was a "resident" of the third floor. He had a ready smile and an story to tell. He will be truly missed. Nicole

Uche Ntinu :

Our loss is heaven’s gain. He was a complete gentleman through and through. Rest In Peace Honourable Justice.

Joyce Zirk:

I had the pleasure of working with Bill at the office of Woollard Hopkins and Company. He was a great fellow who enjoyed helping all others around him. RIP Bill.

Curtis van Son:

Oh dear Sharon, Drew, Shane, and family.

We're terribly sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill meant very much to us as well to so many others in the community. He will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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