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Michael Edwin Hopkins, II
January 24, 1947 - May 29, 2018
Born in Highland Park, Michigan
Resided in Suburban Detroit

Obituary
Michael Edwin Hopkins II loved to make people laugh. With his huge smile and winning personality, Mike was always the life of the party wherever he went. “Buzz” or “Fonz” to his friends, Mike had a ready response to any situation and was a master of the one-liner. If asked a question with an obvious answer, his reply was “Is the Pope Catholic?” When asked how he was doing, Mike always replied “C+.” Family and friends, however, knew that this was an understatement. Mike was always an “A+” kind of guy.

Born and bred in the Detroit area, Mike attended St. Mike’s in Livonia before graduating from Franklin High School in 1965. He also earned a degree in business from Cleary College. But looking back on his younger years, Mike was perhaps most proud of the two tours he spent as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was wounded while on active duty. Mike was incredibly proud of his service in the Marine Corps and was a true patriot who never stopped loving the United States of America.

A people person, it comes as no surprise that Mike always worked in sales. He never really loved the office, instead he spent his time visiting with his customers, getting to know them, and making sure they were satisfied. Mike had a knack for making everyone feel special, and truly caring about his clients. Prompted by his accomplishments, Mike decided to hang out his own shingle, and started Edwin and Associates in 1992. Two years later, he was incredibly proud to have his son Michael Edwin Hopkins III join him. Like all the things Mike did, it was a success. Mike advised his son that you really have two clients—the manufacturer you represent and the customer to whom you are selling—and you need to make both happy through sincerity and hard work. It is a winning formula that continues to guide Edwin and Associates today.

Mike brought his laughter and good cheer home with him and was very much a family man. The common goal of Mike and his wife Victoria was to provide a safe, cheerful, and welcoming home for their two children, Mike and Kristine. In his characteristic manner, Mike liked to joke that he was “Mr. Everything” when it came to home repairs. Although he never mastered the art of do-it-yourself, his attempts, and the laughter they brought, were much appreciated by the family. His grandchildren Andrew, Joey, Jack, Maria, Tori, Rosie, Livvy, and Frank knew him affectionately as “Grandpa” or “Pop-pop,” and loved it when he went to their concerts, games, or just roughhoused with them. Mike had a way of making people feel good about themselves, and wanted his wife and kids, as well as everyone else around him, to be happy. The larger the group of friends the better was his motto, and he often hit the links to show off his impressive golf game at Indianwood Golf Club with more than one foursome.

This desire to help others extended into the community. Mike was a man of faith and was fond of quoting Philippians 4:6-7, which advises “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” With his love of the punchy one-liner, Mike shortened this to the simple admonition, “If you’re going to worry about it, don’t pray about it.” Taking his own advice to pray hard and work hard, Mike established the charity Just for Kids with his friend Lisa Zimmer. A very generous man who loved to help others find work, Mike relied on his impressive networking skills to raise over a million dollars to provide gifts, trips, and education to more than 2000 sick and dying children through Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor and The Center for Exceptional Families in Dearborn.

Mike’s extremely personable nature and his loyalty and trustworthiness to friends and family was evidenced by the way that everybody he knew rallied around him at the end. Showing dignity in the face of his diagnosis and strength and grace at the close of his life, Mike finished life the way he lived it. He will always be remembered as a sincere, loving man with a big grin who was always there to bring a smile to your face or lend a strong hand in your time of need.

Mike is also survived by his siblings, Barbara Kopasz (the late Jerry), Patricia Tynan (the late Peter and fiancé Art Peruchietti), Mary Lynne Roemer (Steve), Dennis Hopkins (Cathy), Maureen Cassarino (John), and Anthony Hopkins, and his aunt, Gladys Seeger.

Family will receive friends Sunday June 10, 1-7 PM with a rosary at 6 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers and Connell Chapel) 32515 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak (between 13 and 14 Mile). Funeral Mass Monday June 11 at 10 AM at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica (Woodward at 12 Mile) followed by Marine Corp Honors. Visitation will begin at the Basilica at 9:30 AM.

Family suggests memorial tributes to Marine Core Scholarship Foundation, Make sure to note on check “In honor of Michael Edwin Hopkins II", 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 -or- Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, 27240 Haggerty Rd. Ste. E-15, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.


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