John E. Hopwood


Stratham, NH - John E. Hopwood, 53, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Stratham, New Hampshire. Born in Newnan, Georgia, on January 1, 1966, to David G. Hopwood and Rosalie Lemine Hopwood. Raised in Andover, Massachusetts, by his father and step-mother, Nancy Rizzuto with his five siblings, Deena, Laura, Greg, AnaJill (AJ), and James (Jaime) Hopwood. John was a graduate of Andover High School.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 19 for six years during which time he received numerous accolades, including the Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Military Education, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Tour Ribbon, Training Ribbon, Longevity Service Award and Outstanding Unit Award, and appointment to Staff Sergeant. He lead courageously in Operation Desert Shield.
Following his service in the United States Air Force, John attended UMass Lowell and studied Engineering. He worked as a Systems Engineer excelling in his field for nearly 30 years to senior level positions in Network Systems Communications, finishing his career at HMS in Beverly, Massachusetts.
John loved sports and hiking from an early age, enjoying basketball, running, fishing, and especially hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his father and siblings, then later with his own children. He cherished spending time in nature and with animals, especially with his Rottweiler Elwood. He loved reading, travel and cooking with and for his family and friends. He enjoyed bringing loved ones together for joyous celebrations, and being in the moment. Most of all, he loved his family, especially his four children. He lived by the motto: family first.
John is survived by his parents; siblings; step-mother Nancy Burakoff Hopwood; former wife Carmen Asteinza; his beloved children David (23), John Edward (21), William (15), and Madeline (12); and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and soul family. John will be deeply missed by everyone whose life he touched.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church followed by burial in the Veterans Section of Highland Cemetery both in Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in John's honor to The Wounded Warrior Project at
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7 posts

Jim Demerjian
May 01, 2019
My sincere condolences to Deena and family. I hope that fond and memories will ease your sorrow.
Mark Baldwin
Apr 26, 2019
Growing up, John would often visit the Baldwin Family Home. I always enjoyed seeing him and loved his humor. Although I am saddened by the loss, I know he is now celebrating in Heaven with my Mom, who loved him very much.

My Prayers will be with your family.
Mary Ellen McQuate
Apr 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of this. All the Hopwood kids were our friends growing up. My sincere condolences.
Mary Kelly
Apr 23, 2019
I am asking God to send you peace, comfort and mercy, David and Nancy. Tom and I have fond memories of him playing with our” kids ”. He was too young Dave. May God bless you and your family!
Thomas kelly
Apr 23, 2019
Me and John grew up together on stirling st. We fought but still had friendship. Sorry for your loss Dave and Nancy prayers for the you and your family.
Kevin Donnelly
Apr 22, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. Your family is in my prayers.
Apr 22, 2019
Very sorry Dave It's hard to believe.