William (Al) Hopkins died peacefully at home, Aug. 28, 2020, in Naples, Fla., after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Al was married to Claire (née Stenehjem), the love of his life, for 51 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters - Jillian (Toronto) and Sarah (Ottawa). Al taught his girls that they could accomplish anything. He was a LEGO building partner and Papa to three amazing grandsons, Will, Campbell and Thomas, and a loving father-in-law to Max Storey.
Al was loving, kind, generous, humble and hard-working. He inspired others to be better.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Al graduated from the University of North Dakota. A student athlete and reluctant scholar, he took great pride in his recent induction into the UND Academy of Engineering and Mines that acknowledged his career achievements.
His career accomplishments in the Canadian steel industry were many. He held various positions at Stelco Inc. (Hamilton), served as President and CEO of Algoma Steel Inc. (Sault Ste. Marie) and Atlas Steels Inc. (Mississauga). His experience and business acumen made him a valued member of numerous Boards in Canada and the U.S.
A frustrated golfer, who loved the game, Al was a member of the Hamilton G & CC (Ancaster, Ontario), Champion Hills Golf Club (Hendersonville, N.C.), Grey Oaks CC and Royal Poinciana Golf Club (Naples, Fla.). Golf was a family activity, as well as a place where he made many lifelong friends.
He and Claire traveled extensively, which in later years, included memorable trips with their children and grandsons. Al was blessed with a loving family, wonderful friends, happy memories and a fully accomplished bucket list.
A Memorial Service will be held in the future depending on Covid-19. Interment will take place in Watford City next summer.