Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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GRAFTON: Melvyn Dale Hopkins passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday October 8th, 2017 at the age of 70.
Since 1978, Melvyn (Mel) lived in Grafton, MA with his wife of 49 years, Constance (Connie) Hopkins where they had three children. Mel leaves his wife, Connie, son Christopher and his wife Kelley, son Scott and his wife Lori and daughter, Cheryl Whitney and her husband, Barry as well as five grandchildren, Guinevere, Helena, Liam, Sydney and Morgan. He was born January 23, 1947 in Detroit, MI and his parents Helen and William Hopkins raised him and his sisters, Janeen and Sharene in Ferndale, MI.
Mel graduated from Wayne State University in 1969 with his degree in Electrical Engineering and worked all his life with high voltage power. He has five patents in his name. He began working at Westinghouse in 1969 and remained with this company which changed ownership to CGIT, ABB and then AZZ until he retired in 2012. Mel was a long-time member of IEEE an organization for electrical engineers. He always showed pride in his work and shared his excitement for this work.
Throughout these years, Mel became involved in many activities and events including Operation Friendship with his family in Grafton. Mel’s many hobbies included creating beautiful stained glass works of art, constructing gorgeous pieces of furniture and playing the guitar, piano and many other types of instruments. He enjoyed sharing his pieces of work and music with others in his life taking pride in his skills.
There will be a Celebration of Life service on October 21st at 11am at the Congregational Church in Grafton. Roney Funeral home is coordinating the funeral arrangements although there will be no calling hours and the burial will be private. The family asks that in lieu of Flowers, please make donations to the Stained-glass project at the Congregational Church in Grafton, MA. http://uccgrafton.org/giving/ Donations may also be made in his name to VNA who provided extraordinary care for him and his family to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care 120 Thomas St. Worcester, MA 01608.
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