February 27, 1932 – January 16, 2022
It won’t be just his family, but his many friends, and the community of Langley who will mourn the recent passing of Dick Hooper.
A month shy of his 90th birthday, this retired electrician and lifelong community volunteer passed Jan. 16 at Langley Lodge.
Not only did this true humanitarian gladly offer up his expertise in the trades to help many local charities, but he was always willing to roll up his sleeves and get any job done – whether it be selling tickets, barbecuing chicken or hotdogs, soliciting donations, or collecting medical supplies for underprivileged countries.
Dick was always there to help any worthy cause, and among the organizations that benefited most from his generosity and tireless dedication were the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley, various Langley City parades, and local Christmas bureau.
Dearest to his heart was being a member of Rotary. One of the longest standing Rotarians in Langley, Dick had been involved in two different Langley Rotary Clubs during the past 44 years – taking an active role in all aspects of Rotary life, including his turn as club president and his tenure as a long-time volunteer with Rotary World Help Network.
It was his willingness to go above and beyond for the causes and organizations he cared about that earned him many accolades. Among the most notable, he was crowned Langley’s citizen of the year in 2004 and selected as the prestigious H.D. Stafford Citizen of the Year in 2007. He was also recipient of the much-coveted Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award – not once, but twice.
It was his abundant energy, contagious smile, positive attitude, integrity, enthusiasm, and selflessness that earned him the respect and admiration of so many in the community he loved.
Dick was the epitome of community, and he will be sadly missed.
Born in Edmonton, he moved to B.C. with his wife, Ellen, and their kids in 1968, and settled in Langley in 1973.
He’s survived by his “sweetie,” Marge; his children, Greg (and Deb) and Roxanne (and Tracy); as well as his grandchildren, Cassidy (and Mauro) and Riley; and his “lil’ sis,” Louise. He was predeceased by Ellen and his sister, Joyce.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise.
A celebration of life will be held when it’s safe to do so, hopefully summer 2022.Obituary
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