Stewart Read Hopkins

(Nov 4, 1947 to Jan 8, 2010)

“The harder I work the more I live.” – George Bernard Shaw. A Navy enlistment lead to a college education. This gave Read a step forward to a successful career. Never quite able to describe his work, he’d tell people he sold toothbrushes. Read was detail oriented which was a perfect fit as vice president for Davis Calibrations. He was a Woolwich Twp. resident known for his kindness and generosity. He is survived by his wife Olive Hopkins (nee Burns); children Andrew (Jamie) of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and Amy Smith (Ryan) of Galloway, N.J and four grandchildren: Olivia and Mason Hopkins and Tori and Ryan Smith. Come celebrate 62 hard working years at his memorial service 11:00 a.m. Thursday January 14, 2010 at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 1435 Kings Highway, Swedesboro. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Bethesda United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Daley Life Celebration Studio. Tell us a great story about Read at rnrn

19 thoughts on “Stewart Read Hopkins

  1. Sylvia Grothe

    My condolences & sympathies to Stu Hopkin’s family. I worked with Stu a few years ago & remember him well. For a man in his position with the companyt Stu always treated me as a human being first & not just an employee, this meant alot to me & I will not forget. Stu, rest in peace & God Bless.

  2. Jan Wells

    My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family during this difficult time. I pray that you find comfort in the Lord and in the fond memories that Stu has left for you to cherish. God Bless.

  3. James "Red" McLaury

    “No decision is worse than a bad decision. Make the call, work to your goal. I’ll back you up on any judgment call, good or bad, but if you make no decision you are indefensible.” The truest and best words a boss can ever say, Stu always seemed to have the right story or lesson to share. This is the one that has stuck with me the most over the years. He taught me that the fear of failure cannot be allowed to stop progress, that mistakes and errors are only lessons that will make us smarter and better down the road. “Amazing how doing something dumb once and remembering it will make you seem much smarter when you keep someone else from doing the same.” He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and worked harder than any two men I’ve ever met. The world is a little less bright without his smile and laugh.rnrnGonna miss you, Big Boss. Thank you for everything.

  4. Julio Netto

    When I think of Stu, HONESTY comes to mind. He rescued me twice with his acquisitions. My family and I will always be gratful to Stu. Working side by side with Stu at the Power Plant job in the Pocono Mountains is truly a fond memory. I will miss you my friend.

  5. Jim McGrath

    While at Doric Scientific,Stu was our East Coast Service Rep who was highly sucessful SELLING service.After a period of time I offered Stu the position of Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Stu was a bit shocked and he and his wife Olive labored several days over the decision to accept the job.I remember meeting them in Swedesboro to celebrate and promiss Ollie if he took the job I would look out for him. I could go on for hours telling how Stu had excelled in this”Sales”job and actully… took pretty good care of me!!Over the years we still have a good laugh over Stu being reluctant to be in sales.Iam going to miss “the big guy” a good person and a very good friend.

  6. Andy Hamrick

    My deepest sympathy to Olive, Andy and Amy — and the rest of the family I have not had the opportunity to meet.rnrnStu was absolutely dedicated and hard-working across the years I worked with him at Davis Calibration. He approached every project with a positive, results-oriented attitude. More importantly, he made people smile!rn

  7. Stella Clark

    Dearest Ollie & Family I am sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your faith at this time that Read at is at peace with Our Lord & Saviour.rnHe will always be remembered in those lifes that he touched GREATLY!rnWith All Our Love & Sympathy, Stella, Keith, Kaitlin, and Kara Clark

  8. Alisha Powers

    I will always remember my first NCSL trade show with Stu and Rob 7 years ago where Stu actively threw the squishy Davis vans at all the attendees as well as our competitors walking by our booth. I was amazed to see that Stu knew every person at the show. It was obvious to me at that moment Stu was a ?BIG Player? in the calibration world and I benefit working very closely with him. Stu was a great mentor, negotiator, motivator and friend. I still have the $2 dollar bill he gave me from that National Sales meeting last year and will forever cherish that $2 dollar bill. Thanks Stu for introducing me to the wonderful Chicago airport hotdog, Claim jumper?s desserts as well as the famous fried Twinkie. I will truly miss you! Davis will never be the same!!

  9. Merry Jeanne Minder

    Ollie, You remain in my thoughts and prayers.rnOf course I will remember Read, and miss him in church and Sunday School. Perhaps my fondest memory is when you hosted our “90 Minutes in Heaven” study. Afterwards, Read showed me and told me about the steins and mugs that the two of you have collected from around the world over the years. rnI wish I could have known him better, but, as you know, he never really said much in church. But I’m thankful for the little bit that I did know him, and I’m glad we always shook hands when we greeted each other.rnI trust he is at home in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.rnI will miss him.rnMay God Bless You, Comfort You, and give you peace and strength today and always.rnLove you.rnMerry Jeanne and Michael

  10. Bj - Philly Lab

    A frequently asked question is DO YOU HAVE A MINUTE? Stu took time to listen to the question and provide an answer. The conversation wasn’t over until the student could explain the answer right back to the teacher. Thank you, Stu, for bringing some of the Sunshine Crew to the Davis Family and letting us prove our worth.

  11. Peter Berst (xEIL)

    What can be said about a man who was bigger than life itself. He made you laugh, listened sincerely when you needed it. Always left an unfogettable impression. When I worked with Stu @ EIL we had a sales call on a large prominent client. When we introduced ourselves the client asked if there were any small sales people @ EIL, Stu responded “we are the small ones” He will be greatly missed.

  12. Janet Smith

    My best guess is that this is the Read Hopkins that lived in Pitman, N.J. and more probably attended Pitman High School in 1966. Many of us tried for years to find him and make contact. I am truly sorry that he has passed on and my hope is that his life was safe in Jesus.rnMy sympathies.

  13. Betty Jean Swartz

    It is almost a year and a half after Read has passed away. I knew him in the early 1950′s as my next door neighbor in Oaklyn, my best friend, and my accomplice in numerous childhood misdeeds. We kept in touch for a few years after both of our families moved away (his to Pitman), and in recent years I’ve tried to find him. I’m saddened to learn that he is gone, but glad to see that he must have lead a full and happy life.

  14. Wayne Zimmerman

    I knew this big guy as “Stu”. He and I knew each other for close to 20 years on a professional level and I always admired his intelligence and straight forwardness. He was a customer, friend and mentor to me. Always willing to give me professional advice that was insightful and helpful. I miss him and will always remember him as a great guy and friend.

  15. Craig Fink

    PASSION: the one word I would use to sum up Stu. No matter what he was doing, he did it with every ounce of passion in his body. He once cooked a turkey for me at his apartment in Dallas just to show me how to carve it.rnTo my friend, you will always be missed.

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