James Martin HOPKIRK & Teresa Mary SHANAHAN

James Martin (Jim) HOPKIRK was the second son of John Joseph HOPKIRK & Celia Mary FORD

Jim was born 24 Jun 1929 at Makahu.

Jim grew up at the family farm at Makahu, Taranaki. Go to his parents page, linked above, to see photos of Jim around the farm..

On 18 January 1958 Jim married Teresa Mary (Molly) SHANAHAN

Jim and Molly raised their four children on the family farm, on the old family homestead, in a house Jim built near his parents home.

Some years after Jim's parents passed away, Jim had to take down the old family home, as it had fallen into disrepair.

Jim built a wonderful garden around his property which included a waterfall. A portion of the garden was built around the remains of the chimney from the old family homestead.

Below are a few photos from Jim's garden, click on the links below:

Here is the road sign pointing to the way toward Jim's Garden, which is still there as of March 2015.

Hopkirk Gardens Sign

Chimney from the ruins of the old fanily homestead

Jim by the old homestead chimney

Jim and some of his flowers

More Flowers

Molly in the garden in 1986

Jim tending his garden in 1986

Molly passed away in October 2002

Jim passed away on 27 July 2015 in Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand

Here is Jim's Obituary published in the Taranaki Daily News:
 "HOPKIRK, James Martin (Jim) Peacefully at Elizabeth R. Home Stratford on Monday 27 July 2015. Beloved husband of the late Molly. Adored father and father-in-law of Mike and Shonagh, Christine and John Steiner, Brenda and Gerard McCarthy, and Gloria and Keith Pascov. Treasured Jimbie of Jamie and Jason, Kait and Seb, Ben and Molly, Cormac, Finbarr, Dairmaid, and Niamh. Loved brother of the late John, Don, Mary, and the late Eb. A wonderful uncle to all his nieces and nephews. A sincere thnak you to all staff at Elizabeth R Rest Home for your kindness and care of our Jimbie. All messages to the HOPKIRK Family c/- Eagers Funeral Services PO Box 75 Stratford 4352 Requiem Mass for Jim will be celebrated at the Catholic Church of Immaculate Conception, Miranda Street, Stratford on Saturday 1st August at 1:00pm. There after a private cremation will be held. R.I.P.

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This page was last updated on 26 August 2015