HOOPER, Ward Kenneth – At Lincourt Manor, St. Stephen, NB on January 7, 2022, Mr. Ward Kenneth “Kenny” Hooper, beloved husband to Carolyn (Justason) Hooper of Blacks Harbour, NB. Born at Back Bay, NB on April 4, 1943, he was a son of the late Sylvester and Catherine “Bessie” McCarty Hooper.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and special uncle, he is survived by his loving wife Carolyn; son Greg (Korina); grandson JD; step-granddaughters Lindsay (Ian), Ashley (Cody); great-grandsons Dylan and Liam; beloved nieces Cindy Ferriere and Peggy McLeod; his beloved brothers Charles (Belva), Paul (Rhona), Phillip (Anita) and Rodney (Bernice) Hooper; sister-in-law Verna Hooper; several nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as goddaughter Jessica Hooper and special neighbors Norman and Brenda Lambert.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Harvey, brother-in-law Maynard Justason and sister-in-law Pauline Tucker.
In his early years, Kenny liked to work closely with his father in the general store in Back Bay. Following his graduation from Back Bay Consolidated School, in the mid 60’s he moved to Toronto to work for four years then decided to move back and marry the love of his life, Carolyn, of 53 years, and to begin his 40-year career as an industrial mechanic at Connors Brothers. Kenny also loved to be active in local community events and politics, which led him to run and serve on village council in Blacks Harbour for six years, then becoming the longest serving Mayor in Blacks Harbour from 1986 to 2004.
In his spare time Kenny loved to help Carolyn and Greg in the operation of their family business, Hooper’s Convenience. Kenny also had a great love for all sports, in his younger years as a rising star in basketball with his school and later years on the baseball field, as he spent several years playing for Back Bay as well as the Blacks Harbour Brunswicks. He also was a dedicated official as he was seen for many years behind the plate umpiring baseball or at the arena on the ice for minor hockey games or keeping the peace during the Fundy League, JR’s or Silver Kings games.
As an avid Red Sox fan, his heart would be full when he would be on a road trip to Fenway in Boston to watch his Red Sox’s, with his son Greg and grandson JD. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, community and all who knew him.
Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533), 26 Portage Street, St. George, NB. In keeping with Kenny’s wishes there will be no visiting or service at this time. A graveside service will be held at the Stella Maris Catholic Cemetery in the spring. In Kenny’s memory, donations a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
The family would also like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to the management and staff of Lincourt Manor in St. Stephen, NB for their kind and compassionate care shown to Kenny and Carolyn as well as the Hooper family during his stay.
Online donations and condolences may be placed at www.stgeorgefh.ca