Edward P. Hopey

AMHERST, NH – Edward Paul Hopey, 76, long-time resident of Amherst, NH died peacefully on Oct. 22, 2015 sur­rounded by fam­ily, following a long and courageous battle with Parkin­son’s disease.

He was born in Boston, MA on Nov. 12, 1938, beloved young­est son of the late Sam­uel and Evelyn (Carson) Hopey. He was raised and educated in Weymouth, MA and graduated from Weymouth High School in 1957. He served in the United States Army as a member of the Signal Corps, deploying to Korea and Japan.

He earned an associ­ate’s degree in Mechani­cal Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and then went on to earn a bachelor of science in Electrical En­gineering from Northeast­ern University.

On Sept. 8, 1962, he married his best friend and love of his life, the late Nancy M. (Cappola) Hopey, who died in 2010. They had four children and five grandchildren who brought a constant source of love, joy & hap­piness. They were mar­ried for 47 years.

As a software engineer, his professional career included work with Bell Labs, Honeywell, Digital Equipment Corporation and ATEX Systems, prior to co-founding Edgil As­sociates Incorporated of Chelmsford, MA in 1984. As President and CEO of Edgil, his company be­came a pioneer in and stronghold of software so­lutions for the newspaper and publishing industry in the area of advertise­ments and credit card payment automation.

While education and hard work were strong values, nothing mattered more than his family. He took great pride in his role as a loving and sup­portive husband, a nur­turing father, and adoring grandfather.

He was a parishioner and founding member of St. John Neumann in Mer­rimack and was a regular volunteer in the SHARE and Food Pantry program.

He loved the outdoors and be­ing active. An avid horticulturist, he had a strong pas­sion for gardening and landscaping. He enjoyed sail­ing, running, ice hockey, swimming, golf and fishing. He also had a penchant and talent for carpen­try. He was known for his quick and witty sense of humor, keeping those around him on their toes.

He is predeceased by his wife, Nancy M. (Cap­pola) Hopey, who died in 2010. He is also prede­ceased by brothers, John and Robert.

He is survived by his son Dr. Christopher E. Hopey and his wife Cheryl Lu­cas of Nashua, NH and a daughter, Cynthia (Hopey) White and her husband Lewis of Amherst, NH, a son, Richard Hopey and his wife Marguerite of Mont Vernon, NH and Mi­chelle Hopey of Nashua, NH; five grandchildren, Lauren White of Beau­mont, TX, Rachel White of Amherst, NH, Christo­pher Hopey Jr. of Nash­ua, NH Jack and Ethan Hopey of Mont Vernon, NH and a loving sister Jean McGee of Sterling, Alaska; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were on Tuesday, October 27th from 4:00-8:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. A Mass of Christian burial was cel­ebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 am in St. John Neu­mann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack, NH. Burial with military hon­ors followed in St. Patrick Cemetery, Amherst, NH. In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily requests donations to be made in memory of Ed Hopey to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Par­kinson’s Research on his tribute page hhtp://bit. ly/1MJQ0A7.

Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to www.smith-heald. com.