OBITUARY

Randolph "Randy" Adams Hopkins

April 25, 1946November 4, 2019

On Monday, November 4th, 2019, Randolph Adams Hopkins, affectionately known as “Randy”, passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Beach, FL. Born on April 25th, 1946, the third-generation Palm Beacher spent much of his youth taking advantage of all his hometown had to offer, from diving for lobsters off of the North end to transforming the island’s largest estates into his personal playgrounds during the off-season.

He attended the Palm Beach Day School, Palm Beach Public, Randolph-Macon Academy, eventually graduating from Palm Beach High School. A naturally gifted salesman, Randy became an independent insurance broker at the age of 18, quickly becoming a fixture in the local business community. Along with several others, Hopkins built the Palma Plaza Office building at 140 Royal Palm Way in 1983, where he would run his agency for the next 33 years.

Over the years, Randy served on the boards of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Kiwanis Club and Hanley-Hazelden. He was a member of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church, Sailfish Club of Florida and The Everglades Club for many years. His humor, love and passion for life enriched the lives of all of those he touched.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dr. Taffy Hopkins, daughter, Amber Hopkins Grow, Son-in-law, Richard D. Grow, Jr. and a host of loving friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his parents, Jeanne Husson Clewis and John Randolph Hopkins, his brother, Richard Lawrence Hopkins and aunts, Sue Whitmore and Minnie Fox Miller.

A viewing will be held this evening, Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 6411 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea, Palm Beach, FL. The family will receive friends following the Service.

Services

  • A Celebratin of His Life Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 8, 2019

Memories

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Ginny Lippincott

November 11, 2019

As I read over the memories of Randy I noticed that so many were left by his friends from Palm Beach Public and High School. Some of us went from kindergarten through high school together! I was of this group and as I reminisce can not conceive of those memories without Randy. I am writing this both chuckling and boisterously laughing as I conjure up memories of our capers. Randy, thanks for the memories!!

Gretchen Everman

November 9, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Randy was always a lot of fun to be around.
Prayers going out to his family and friends.

With Regards,
Gretchen and Steve Everman

Ken Collins

November 7, 2019

I remember all the good times we had in the 60 s, still to this day...Gods speed Randy...Ken Collins

Luke Lewis

November 6, 2019

It’s difficult for me to conjure childhood memories of Palm Beach without thinking of Randy. Truly a good hearted guy. My mom loved him too. She thought he was a “good influence .” She missed a few of our misadventures. I’ve never heard anyone speak unkindly of him. Friendliness is sometimes an underrated attribute. It came easy to Randy. He will be missed. RIP my friend.

Rebecca Goodman

November 6, 2019

I worked with Randy for 10+ years and he taught me a lot about the insurance industry and just life. I loved listening to his stories about fishing with his buddies over the years. They were always very colorful! He loved Palm Beach, he loved meeting people and he could talk to a perfect stranger and be friends in minutes. Good Bye my friend.

Pat and Skeet Fischer

November 6, 2019

We are very sad to learn Randy's soul is no longer in Palm Beach. What a loss for all whose life he touched. All can be comforted to know he's taking the same caring concern and infectious personality to the next world.
At our first meeting in kindergarten, i knew he would be a special friend, and he was.
What a wonderful life Randy. We salute you.
We send our deepest sympathy and love to Taffy and Amber..

Elisabeth Simons

November 6, 2019

Oh Randy, Randy …. If I had a nickel for every ham sandwich we ate together on Wells Road, I’d be rich. My mother, Harriette, declared to me one day when I was about 12 years old, “I don’t know about your other friends, but Randy, that boy is going to be a success.” Even at 12, Randy was a charmer. And how right my mother was!
Bon voyage, dear old friend … on to your next adventure, taking a piece of my heart as you go.
Cookie - Elisabeth Simons

Robert Wildrick

November 6, 2019

Randy was the most decent, honest, hardworking and good hearted person I had the privilege to know. He had a great sense of humor and was personally very funny and always cheerful. He never said a bad thing about anyone and always looked for the positive. A terrific guy who will be missed. God bless you Randy.

Bob Wildrick

Ian Williams

November 6, 2019

My father, then Rector of Bethesda By the Sea, befriended Randy in the early 60’s, determining that it was more productive for him to pursue disciplinary and career-related opportunities than to ride around on his motorcycle all day, which Randy was doing with great frequency, often with me on the back. My father arranged for Randy to attend Randolph Macon Military Academy and, as Randy matured , he viewed Randy as an Horatio Alger story. He turned out to be right about that, as Randy converted his charm, wit and contagious enthusiasm into a fruitful business career, one also replete with a wide range of social experiences. I didn’t see Randy much after moving from Palm Beach in 1964, but the memories of his whimsical smile and affable manner remain steadfast. His prominence on my list of really great friends to have had is now fully vested as he ascends unto God’s great mercy and protection.
Ian Williams

bob slater

November 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to friends and family.

FROM THE FAMILY