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Francis Patrick Hopkins

November 30, 1917 ~ December 6, 2018 (age 101)

A native Oakland, CA, and longtime resident of Saratoga and San Jose, Francis Patrick Hopkins (Frank) was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary (Flanagan) Hopkins (1920-2015), his brother, Rev. John E. Hopkins, S.J., and his parents, John Hopkins and Anne (Skelly) Hopkins, both natives of County Longford, Ireland.  Frank is survived by sons Thomas (Michelle) and Gerald (Karen), grandchildren Patrick (Lauryn), Gregory (Julia), Andrew, Timothy, Mary Grace, Maeve, and Caitlin, and great-granddaughter, Hayley Rosemary.   Frank was born and raised in Oakland, where he attended St. Columba grammar school, and he was an alumnus of St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco (class of ’35).   Frank volunteered for the US Army Air Corps in 1941, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was attached to 9th Air Force’s Troop Carrier Command from 1942-46, serving in England, France, and Germany.   Founder and longtime owner of Burger Pit and Burger Bar restaurants, primarily in Santa Clara County.   Frank was for many years an active member of Sacred Heart Parish in Saratoga and St.  Francis of Assisi Parish in San Jose.  In retirement, Frank dedicated himself to the service of others, including volunteering with O’Connor Hospital Hospice, Santa Clara County Transit Assist (medical transportation for elderly/infirm), The Villages Medical Auxiliary, and the Santa Clara Serra Club. 1990, he was invested as a Knight in the Order of Malta.  A man of great intellect, wit, and integrity, he will be missed by his family and friends.  Funeral Mass December 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 5111 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA,  with reception immediately following in adjacent parish center.  Private interment at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery on December 18, 2018.   In lieu of flowers, please send donations for the benefit of the retired Sisters of the Holy Names, at PO Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031.

 

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