LAKE PLACID - Paul L. Hopkins III, 58, of Lake Placid, died Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Adirondack Medical Center following a long illness.
Paul, known to family and friends as "Hop," was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Syracuse, the son of the late Paul L. Hopkins Jr. of Pawley's Island, S.C., and the late Mary Patricia Kendrick Chase of Asheville, N.C. Paul was predeceased as well by a younger brother, Damian Peter Hopkins.
Paul grew up in Westport, Conn. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1971. He went on to study theater at Lyndonville College in Lyndonville, Vt., graduating in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in theater arts. Following his graduation, Paul stayed on for a year, working for the theater department. Soon thereafter he began his career in the restaurant business as part owner of the Georgetown Saloon, a popular establishment in Georgetown, Conn. He traveled the country extensively, living variously in Vail, Colo.; San Francisco, Calif.; Charleston, S.C.; and finally Lake Placid, where he had spent much time as a young man.
Paul lived his life with great enthusiasm and met every challenge with courage and good cheer. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing and golf. He was a great reader and loved theater, of course, and film. He was probably best known for his perpetual optimism and remarkable generosity of spirit.
While he suffered the early loss of his parents and brother, he is survived by a large extended family including two paternal aunts, Mrs. Sheila Ryan of Vero Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Joanne Gorman of Cortland; a maternal uncle, John (Jack) Kendrick of Stockholm, Sweden; a maternal aunt, Mrs. Agnes Kendrick Reiss of Westport, Conn.; and 20 first cousins, all of whom knew him and loved him well. He will be dearly missed as well by many second cousins, a very large circle of friends from around the country, and a very close friend Nancy Morelli of Lake Placid.
Paul's favorite charity was BeTheMatch.org, the National Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Donor Registry, and those wishing to commemorate Paul may register with or donate to the foundation, the Lake Placid Public Library, or a charity of their choosing.
There were no calling hours at Paul's request. There will be a private burial at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid at the convenience of the family.
There will be a gathering of Paul's friends in celebration of his life on Sunday, June 3 in Westport, Conn. Those who wish to attend may call either Stephen Alward at 203-856-5621 or Adam Lubarsky at 203-451-3090.
The M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.