Memorable Manitobans: Robert William “Bob” Hopley (1933-2021)
Born at Redvers, Saskatchewan on 18 December 1933, son of William Gilbert Hopley (1901-1989) and Lucy V. Fraser (1902-1967), his family moved to a farm near Manson in 1933 then to Oak River in 1946. He completed his formal education at Oak River School, after which he farmed until retirement in 1995, specializing in crop production and pedigree seed.
He served on numerous agricultural boards and committees, including the Western Manitoba Farm Business Association, Farm Credit Corporation Appeal Board (1974-1986), council of the Rural Municipality of Blanshard, Bank of Montreal Agricultural Advisory Panel (1982-1984), CBC Advisory Committee for Food and Agriculture, Western Grain Stabilization Advisory Committee, National Safety Net Committee for the Grains 2000 Project, and National Management Committee for the Net Income Stabilization Account. He was made an honorary member of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (1990). In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame (2015).
On 24 July 1964, he married Lynne Shanks and they had two daughters and two sons.
He died at Brandon on 25 August 2021.
Obituary [William Gilbert Hopley], Hamiota Echo, 8 August 1989, page 16.
Robert William Hopley, Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 2021.
“NISA inventor, Bob Hopley passes,” Manitoba Co-operator, 23 September 2021, page 5.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 October 2021