Boyhood friend Joe Douglas -Hoppie dies on eve of 62nd birthday

BOYHOOD FRIEND JOE DOUGLAS- HOPPIE DIES ON EVE OF 62ND BIRTHDAY

By Waltie Ainsworth

HoppieJoe Douglas Hoppie in the good old days was a measured quantity.  He had a basic verbal philosophy in which he used to repeat…..when cuma cuma fish deh a trench, alligator got to tek dam.

Joe was a self made businessman.  The aunt he grew up with….Merle Douglas and his own mom, Dame Lynette Hoppie, were both shopkeepers and he learned from both of them.

Joe’s dad migrated to Germany when he was a toddler and as a youth, he always aspired to join him.  But he never did. On Tuesday May 24 on the eve of his 62nd birthday, he suffered a massive heart attack and never recovered. 

On Tuesday June 7th, beloved Joe would be funeralised in the Washington DC district where he resided with his wife and family.

In the early days Joe worked as an engineer at sea with the ultimate hope of finding a lane towards Germany.  And whenever he came ashore it was fun times at the Belvedere where he maintained a credit account.

This fine young man who had more salt than most others had rice later joined the army where he worked as a frogman and diver.  In the early 80s he migrated to the US and became a home improvement specialist and Taxi operator.

Our meetings over the last 30 years were few and far between but tremendously mutual.  I last saw him in March when he participated in a slight family memorial for his mom and grandmother and a nephew and uncle who all died hours between each other in different climes.

Joe was a fashion plate and great dancer. His legacy is his grit and resilience in spite of the difficulties he had, real and perceived.

God will take care of you my friend.

 

KIRK WHALUM  – BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME

 

SWAMPP DOGG – I WAS BORN BLUE  

 

TD JAKE – FROM THE SERIES MAKING THINGS NEW……..IT WORKS FOR ME

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeggae on June 6, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Well done Waltie

    Reply

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