Samuel Colardo Hopper passed away on October 3, 2014 suddenly of an unknown cause at the WakeMed Children’s Hospital in Raleigh, NC. Sam is survived by his parents, Robert and Jennifer Hopper, his dear sister and best friend, Sophia, his maternal grandparents, Bernie and Emalynn Colardo of Greenville, NC, fraternal grandparents Robert and Joan Hopper of West Milford, NJ, his aunts and uncles, Melissa and James Meacham of Davidson, NC, Catherine Colardo of Greenville, NC, Amy and RJ Redner of Pompton Plains, NJ, and cousins, Emma, Piper, and Olivia Meacham, and David Colardo Rabin, Troy and Aaron Redner, and his special “Aunts”, Kristen and Darby Oakley and Nicole Polizzi as well as many friends from his school, swim team, soccer team, neighborhood, and church.
Samuel brought joy to all he encountered and was a genuine friend to people of all ages. He taught us how to love others, to live a vibrant life, and to go for it! His brief, but wonderful life will be celebrated with services at North Raleigh United Methodist Church 8501 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 on Friday evening, October 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Sam loved super heroes, so we encourage children attending the service to wear superhero costumes or favorite sports attire. Sam’s favorite color was red. We encourage everyone to wear red. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the Go Fund Me website under Friends of the Hopper Family or follow the link www.gofundme.com/ff3fo8. A memorial fund is being established to foster children’s educational, spiritual, and outdoor learning experiences.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.BrownWynne.com