MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac High School teacher Whitney J. “Chip” Hopkins passed away suddenly on Friday, June 30. He was 49 years old. No cause of death was reported.

Hopkins was born Aug. 3, 1967 to Callie and Jordan Hopkins in Canandaigua, N.Y. He grew up there with his family, attended school and eventually graduated from college with a master’s degree in education.

Hopkins, a Brewster resident, was a social studies and Mahopac High School Academy teacher.

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“Chip was deeply dedicated and offered each Academy student individualized support,” said Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon in an email to district parents and employees. “Chip used his gift of humor to create a loving and stress-free class environment. He labored to ensure each of his students achieved graduation and realized their dreams.”

Creedon said Mahopac is blessed with loving teachers and when one dies, “all of us feels the pain of loss.”   

Hopkins is survived by his three children Jordan, Brendan, and Samantha, as well as his parents and his sister, Minda Hopkins.

“We will keep Chip’s three children and his extended family in our thoughts and prayers as we share in their grief,” Creedon wrote.

Memorial services were held at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster Wednesday, July 5, followed by burial at Milltown Rural Cemetery, also in Brewster.

Creedon said counseling was provided for any student who requested it.