John Hopkins passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019. John was born on November 21, 1943 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In life, he was an adoring husband, father, grandpa, teacher, principal, and coach. John was a tremendous athlete. He was drafted out of high school by the Boston Bruins, but he decided to pursue a career in education at Bemidji State while continuing to play hockey. There he met the love of his life, Ginger Dodge, to whom he was married for 52 years. John and Ginger moved to Hastings, Minnesota where they became health and physical education teachers and raised two sons. John also taught many kids to swim at Hoppy’s Swim & Dive. Coach Hoppy’s favorite advice was to keep your head down and your eye on the ball, and he always insisted that if you used your moxie you would succeed. He served as the President of the Minnesota Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, and was a founding member of the Hastings Youth Athletic Association. John was also a principal at Stillwater, Cottage Grove, Arlington and Hope Academy. He retired in 2008 after 43 years in education. John enjoyed his retirement years living on a beautiful golf course in Sun City West, Arizona where he pursued his lifelong passion for golf. He organized outings for the golf group he founded called The Mulligans, and could be found each week at his beloved putting club. And yes, he continued coaching everyone who would listen. John is survived by his wife Ginger, sons Michael (Tracy) and Jeffery (Sara), grandson Cooper, brothers David (Loes) and Bill (Connie), brother-in-law Skip (Cindy), sisters-in-law Pam (Jim) and Becky, many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law John Bachman. The Hopkins family will be holding a private celebration of life in northern Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, keep your head down, your eye on the ball, and always strive to be your best.