Judge Cameron F. Hopper, 89, of Greenwich, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2022, at home surrounded by family and friends. Cameron was born on March 9, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Florence and Thaddeus Hopper. He was the youngest of 3 siblings; his sisters, Carol and Lois having predeceased him. Cameron graduated from Trinity College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1955, and Yale Law School in 1958. He served in the Connecticut Air National Guard from 1958 to 1964. On August 24, 1957, Cameron married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Helen McClure “Peggy,” whom he met and befriended when they were both twelve years old.
After Law School, Cameron was employed by the Greenwich law firm of Ivey Barnum & O’Mara, where he practiced until he was elected Probate Judge for the Town of Greenwich in 1967. Cameron served as the Town’s Probate Judge for 23 years, while also practicing law as a solo practitioner, until 1991. Thereafter, he continued to practice law with his son, David, and several other partners, including Robert G. Krause and Veronica C. Staplefield, until his retirement in December 2016.
Cameron served in numerous offices and volunteered a great amount of time to many local and state organizations, including: President of the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association; President of the Greenwich Health Association; President of the Young Republican Club; Vice President of the Connecticut Probate Assembly; Vice Chairman of the Greenwich Commission on Aging; Secretary of the Council on Probate Judicial Conduct; Secretary of the Greenwich Board of Health; Legal Counsel, Treasurer and Vestry Member of the Christ Church; Trustee of the Greenwich Library; Member of the Greenwich Hospital Building Committee; Member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Greenwich Bar Association; Board Member of the Oaklawn Foundation; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Greenwich Council Boy Scouts of America. He also coached several of his sons’ little league baseball teams.
Most importantly, he will be remembered for his devotion to his family, always by his wife’s side and supporting his sons’ academic and athletic endeavors. Cameron always arranged his work schedule and weekends around whatever event, game or match one or more of his sons were participating in, so that he could attend with video camera in hand.
Cameron was loving, kind, loyal, generous and hard-working, and lived every day of his life by the highest moral and ethical standards.
Cameron is survived by his wife, Peggy, his five sons and five daughters-in-law: Cameron and Ann, of Richmond, Virginia; Bryant and Betty, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Forbes and Patty, David and Susan, and James and Mandy, all of Greenwich, Connecticut; fifteen grandchildren and a great-grandson.
A memorial service will be announced in the Fall.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association. https://www.greenwicholdtimers.org/