On Wednesday afternoon, June 29, 2022, Peter John Hopkins passed away after suffering a heart attack.
He was born to Pam and Bill Hopkins on May 12, 1972 in Toledo, Ohio. When he was six, his parents moved the family from the city to Swanton, Ohio. There, he had the great outdoors for a playground. As most little boys do, he enjoyed exploring, building things from whatever he could find, and trying out different roles such as scientist or fire fighter. He delighted in role playing throughout his life.
From the time he was a newborn, Pete spent time every summer at Bowers’ Camp on Bob’s Lake in Canada. It was there he developed his lifelong love of fishing.
When home computers became accessible, Pete found his passion. Soon he was everyone’s “go to” guy with computer questions or problems. He always responded to calls for help with a smile and a gentle way of explaining how to fix whatever the trouble was.
After graduating from Swanton High School in 1990, Pete studied at Owens Community College where he earned his degree in Electronic Engineering. For a time, he taught computer classes. Then he found employment in the computer field.
The role Pete relished the most was that of devoted uncle to Emma, Wyatt, and Tyler. He loved them unconditionally, and was always kind and generous to them and all of the children in his family.
Pete is survived by his loving mother Pam; sister and brother-in-law Elizabeth and Scott Gedeon; niece and nephews Emma, Wyatt, and Tyler Gedeon; aunts and uncles Penny and Steve Nagy, Cass Edwards and Steve Webber, and Martha and John Hopkins as well as many dear cousins; roommates and best friends Brian Hillard and Dave Knowles; and much-loved cats Shadow, Duke and Three. He was predeceased by his father Bill and his grandparents.
Friends may visit the family on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. until noon at Weigel’s Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St., Swanton, OH. Services will begin at noon.
Memorials may be made to the Cherry Street Mission Ministries, 1501 Monroe St., Toledo, OH 43604, or a charity of the donor’s choice.