West Seneca Entrepreneur, Multi-generational Band Leader, Leaves Musical Legacy
Clarence H. Hopper, Jr., of West Seneca, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at age 102.
Clarence was born on July 27, 1918 in Gardenville, NY to Clarence H. Hopper Sr. and Celia (Merthan) Hopper. He graduated from Gardenville High School in 1936 and studied engineering at the University of Buffalo. Clarence was the president and owner of C. H. Hopper Machine Co. from 1946-1973.
Clarence’s greatest love was music. He was an accomplished musician and learned to play many musical instruments at a young age. Clarence took over for his father and grandfather as leader of the West Seneca Town Band and its Shrine Band alter ego, a position he held for more than fifty years. Clarence was the Recorder of the Ismailia Shriners and a member for 49 years. He was also a Mason for 69 years. Clarence was a kind and generous person who gave selflessly to many charitable organizations. His contributions to the West Seneca Town Band ensured its continued existence.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and his dear friend, the late Thelma Keifer Grisanti.
The Celebration of Life and Committal of Cremains will be held at St. Matthew's Cemetery, 180 French Rd., West Seneca on Saturday July 24th at 11:00 a.m.
Members of the West Seneca Town Band, both past and present, are planning a spirited, but socially distanced, musical tribute. Any musicians interested in participating should contact Rob Rohrbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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