Sam Hopley

September 3, 2019


With broken hearts, we say goodbye to our Sam who passed peacefully on September 4, 2019 at the age of 27. Sam was a compassionate and loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson and cat-dad. He was bright and jovial, bringing his lopsided grin and enthusiasm wherever he went. He approached life with passion, whether he was brewing a decadent pour-over coffee, devouring science fiction novels or competing in a game of pool. He was finding success in his work life, advancing his career in banking. Beneath all this Sam struggled; he could not overcome his pain and he took his own life. We know Sam is at peace now.

Sam is predeceased by his loving grandparents Florence, Doug, Audrey and Alex, and his aunt Kristina. He will be eternally missed by his mother Sharon, father Dave, sister Joy (Michael) and nephew Maxwell. Also leaving to mourn his aunt Pamela (Todd), cousins Ayla, Mark and Claire and the extended Hopley family.

Friends and family are invited to gather at 7:30pm in Bannerman Park on the evening of Tuesday, September 10, 2019, to share memories of Sam.

Donations can be made in Sam’s memory to local community organization Thrive at



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Sharon and family,
Deepest sympathies to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Dear Dave and family,

I did not know Sam, but my brother Russell spoke so highly of you, Dave. And your kindness at Russell’s celebration of life will not be forgotten. I am not sure if Russell knew Sam, but regardless, I know that Russell would be devastated to hear about your loss as he was so fond of you.

I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing,. He sounded like a really wonderful person. Thinking of you all and sending my sincere condolences.

Cara Tedstone (Russell Simms’s sister)

Dear Dave, thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Sending much love.

We are only just learning of this significant loss this am. Both Jim and I are shocked and so saddened by this news.
Please know we are thinking of all of you.

Dear Sharon and Dave and Joy, I am so sorry to have heard of your sad loss. My deepest condolences to you .

To Dave and family – we were so very sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Sam. He was a kind person and will be missed by all who knew him. Thinking of you with our very best wishes at this difficult time.
Peter Shea, Cathy Hoyles, Nell Shea

Hopley family,
I am heartbroken over the passing of Sam. I worked with him often in Mount Pearl and we spent many Saturday’s together and looked forward to him coming thru the door, his smile, style and personality was infectious. His bowtie collection was part of his unique style. One of the finest human beings that I have had the honour to meet, he will be missed. Rest in peace Sam.

Dave and family,
I am so sorry for your loss; thinking of you through the sorrow.
Justin Brake

Sharon and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your son..
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Paul and Marie Stead

Sharon and family,
Sincere condolences in the loss of your dear son and brother. May you find comfort in precious memories.
Sheila (Gill) Guy

Sharon, I am very sad to hear of the loss of your son, Sam. Thinking of you and praying for you at this time. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May good memories, and the love of those near you, help today and in the coming days.

Sharon, Dave ,Joy,
Grace and Peace to you. Grief gradually diminish with fond memories intact.

Deepest condolences to Sharon, Dave, Joy and family. My heart goes out to you all.

Sharon , I am so sorry to hear about your son. My condolences to you and your family. Take care.
Kim Pardy Dawson
General Hospital 1979

Sharon, Dave and Joy. Please accept our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of your precious son and brother. May your memories of Sam, help you through your most difficult days ahead. God bless and take care. Rest In Peace Sam.

Our heartfelt condolences to the family..
Andrea and Manrique

Sharon and Family, so saddened to hear about Sam’s passing. Please accept my condolences at such a difficult time.


Dave , Sharon and family,

Extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Sam. ” Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal ”

Sending hugs
Barb & Steve Crowhurst

Words can’t describe how sorry I am for your loss. My sincere condolences.

Sharon and family,
So sorry on the loss of your son.. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Liz (Coates) Dawe

Sharon and family, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. May the beautiful memories of your son help you though the days ahead.
Doreen (Jacobs) Wheeler

Sharon and family,
I was fortunate enough to meet your beautiful son twice since I moved back home. It was at Tavola and I was delighted to learn he was your son Sharon. On first impression I thought he was kind, genuine and sweet. Reading the messages of those who knew him better confirms what I felt. I hope you can find some comfort here.
Sharon my childhood friend, my heart breaks for you and all of Sam’s family. Sharon please know that I am here for you.
With love and sadness,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Sam. My heart hurts for you. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Denyse Balint Morin
General Hospital 1979

My heart is broken … my condolence for Sams family… such an amazing person.. I had the privilege of working and training Sam for most of July and a little in August.. he truly made the work day so much brighter with his big smile and bow ties … loved his bow ties and his wooden one was the cutest… he loved to park his moving van n block all of the ocean view .. haha … I have a smile when I remember the days we spent working together… Rest In Peace Sam you will be missed xo

David, Sharon, family and friends. It was very sad to hear of Sam’s death; and even sadder to realize what emotional pain he must have been experiencing. I know we only met you and your son on a few occasions; but we were very impressed with his good heart, his warm smile; and his personality. Our hearts go out to all of you and also to Sam’s close-knit group of friends, including our nephew Andrew, Ryan, Andrea and several others whose names I can not recall. To all of you, our deepest sympathy.

Bill Byrd & Robert Milkovich, Toronto

We can only imagine the sorrow the family must be feeling right now. Here’s to hoping that the sharing of good memories and special times with Sam will bring you some laughter amidst the sadness. Rest In Peace young Sam.

I just heard of your tragic news on the weekend. I am so sorry for your loss. May memories of happier times bring you some comfort through your grief. Warm thoughts and prayers are with you……

Sam was our go to guy at Chinched . He could engage in conversations about charcuterie ,and cheese that would make a Michelin starred chef envious.
Always pleasant , always laughing at my goofy jokes ,always kind and always unreservedly friendly .
He was a wonderful young man whom enthusiasm we will always miss.
Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences

Wanda and Steve Belanger

Sharon and family so very sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family at this time.

Lorraine ( Hill) Squires

Sharon, Dave, Joy and family… please accept my deep and heartfelt condolences to you on the passing of your dear Sam. As Sam rests now in peace and love, may you find comfort in cherishing his time, albeit all too short, with you. Hugs.

Sharon and family – thinking of you all and hope you find peace in your loving memories of your son.

Chris and Pat Walsh
(Nursing General 1979)

So sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you

Sharon and family,
I am so very sorry to learn of the death of your son. I offer my sincere sympathy-
Suzy Power

To Dave and all the Hopley family, sincere condolences.

I am so, so sorry to hear about Sam passing. I had the pleasure of working with Sam at RBC and loved how his personality brightened the Branch. He was so friendly, personable and easy to be around…..he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Dearest Sharon and Dave.
It is with great sadness to have heard of your son Sam’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you. Love Anthony.

Although I have only known Sam since he moved into my apartment a couple months ago, I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing. He was always so friendly and full of life during our conversations whether it be in person or via text. He was a model tenant and I could have asked for no better, the respect he showed for myself and my home was impeccable. Prayers are with your family during this difficult time of loss.

I met Sam through my sisters Eliz and Vicky. Sam was always so friendly and pleasant when we visited the bank. I happened to see Sam a few days before he passed away. He was knelt down in front of Sobey’s, petting a dog and talking to the owner with a big smile on his face.

I am so sorry for the loss of Sam in this lifetime. He wil be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

To the Hopley family,

I want to express my deepest condolences for the passing of Sam. My heart broke when I heard the tragic news. Sam was the first friend I made while working at rocket, and took me under his wing during my training. That mentoring quickly turned into a friendship. As you know, Sam just has this natural knack for making you feel comfortable, at ease, and at home. Sam lit up a room when he walked in, and was always in for a post work beer or hangout. Sam was a friend, and a good one at that. He has the biggest heart, and gave the best hugs and high fives. One of my fondest memories with Sam before I moved back to Ontario was an impromptu drinks and appetizers at the Adelaide Oyster House with my sister, and good friend Amber. Sam was walking by, saw us in the window and pulled up a chair without skipping a beat. He started ordering us cocktails he knew we’d love, and dozens of oysters. A quick bite turned into life chats, reminiscing on past shenanigans, and belly aching laughs until the wee hours of the morning. He has an incredible heart, and I’m grateful to have known him. Ever since I went back to the mainland, when I drink a cappuccino, I can’t help but compare them to that of the great Sam Hopley. I dedicated the one I bought this morning to him. Cappucinos will have a bittersweet meaning now. I am heartbroken for you and for this devastating loss, and Sam; I hope wherever you find yourself, you have a seal skin bow tie on, and your mind and heart are at peace.

All my love,

Brie Champagne

Our sincere condolences to Sharon, Dave, Joy and extended family. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Irene Brown & Fergus O’Byrne

Sharon & family,
So sorry to learn of Sam’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Janet O’Brien & Jim Oakley

Sharon, Dave, Joy and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending comfort and love as you take the time to remember a very loved family member. Hugs.
Catherine and Bill McGrath

Sharon, Dave & Joy,
So deeply saddened by your tragic loss of Sam. There are no words that can begin to convey how sorry we are that you have to go through this. Thinking about you all and sincerely hope that you will find strength in each other and your fond memories of him to see you through the days ahead.
Lisa Byrne & Derek Dunphy

Sam was somebody who brought a smile to my face every time I saw him. The last time we spoke, we chatted about his goal of a zero-waste lifestyle – he clearly cared so much about this world and the people in it. It seems like it is always the best people who we lose so long before their time.
Sending so much love to Dave and the rest of the family.

Dear Sharon, Dave, Joy and extended family, We can’t imagine the depth of your loss and pain. Wishing you all the a peaceful path forward. Please accept our sincere condolences. Joan and Wayne Myles

Rest in Peace my friend.. I’ll always remember your different sense of humor and the many fun games of pool we had. My condolences to all those affected by your passing.

Always to be remembered is how thoughtful and kind Sam was. A truly unique individual who loved to make others smile. I’ll never forget the way he always so pleasantly greeted his friends and acquaintances whenever we would run into them strolling around downtown. His friendly nature meant he loved to stop and chat, and it seemed like he knew every second person who walked by. He was always fun to be around, being his goofy self and always finding the humor in things. This is a painful loss for anyone who had the pleasure of meeting or knowing Sam.
Sam will be in my heart forever, and I’ll always treasure the special memories we made together.
Thinking of Sharon, Joy and Dave and sending all of my love.

Much love and comfort to Sharon, Dave, Joy and all Sam’s family and friends.

Sharon and Joy
Sam’s passing is so very sad and tragic. Our thoughts and our hearts are with you.
Love Uncle Gerald and cousin Judy

There are no words that can be said to ease your pain. We are so sorry for your loss.. Thinking of Sam’s family and friends…

So very sorry for your profound loss. May you find comfort among friends and family during this difficult time.

Sharon and Joy,

I am so saddened to hear of your loss. You are both in my thoughts.

Sharon, Dave and family,

I am so sorry to hear this news. Sam was such a smart and funny young man. I always enjoyed having him in our family room with Julia and their friends when they were growing up. I hope your loving memories will sustain you at this terrible time.

Maria May

Fiona called to let me know about Sam. I am so, so sorry that you have lost someone so special. I loved running into Sam, always with his big grin. Big hugs to all.

So sorry for your loss.
We knew Sam through his friendship with our son.
Thinking of his family and friends during this most difficult time. Please accept our condolences and prayers.

So sorry for your loss. Sending love and condolences.

Oh so sorry to hear this very sad news…sending my sincere condolences on such a tragic loss…❤️

Sharon, Dave, Joy and family,
So very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Sending our sincere condolences and love to you.
Denise & Gary

We are so sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our sincerest condolences.
Chris and Lorie

I new Sam from working at the bank my heart goes out to u and your family many God give you the strength to cary on

Sam I will never forget you ,
The memories we have working together at the bank I will always remember your goofiness ur weirdness and your wonderful sense of fashion you truly so special to me sam . My heart is completely broken your gone :(.
I wish I could just talk to you again and give you a big hug & help you throught this.
You weren’t just my co worker you were my best buddie.
I’m finding it so hard to believe your gone.
I’m still waiting for you to walk throught the work doors with your fancy suit & beautiful bow tie .
Sam I will promise you,you will never ever be forgotten and I will always be thinking of you.
I hope your at peace buddy.
Love you and I will miss you so so much.
Rest In Peace Sam my beautiful angel ????????????????