Industry loses veteran driller Lewis Hopper
July 7, 2018 By Ground Water Canada
Brandon, Man. – Longtime well driller and government liaison to the drilling community Lewis Hopper died in Brandon, Man., on July 4, 2018, at the age of 89 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Hopper drilled wells in every province over a career that spanned more than 70 years.
He began his water well drilling career in the 1945 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, worked for International Water Supply in Saskatoon from 1959 to 1975.
He worked for the Manitoba government for 23 years – first for the Manitoba Ground Water Section out of Winnipeg from 1975 to 1989, then in the provincial lab in 1989, and finally for the Manitoba Water Services Board in Brandon.
From 1998 to 2017 he consulted independently as Hopper’s Well Service Ltd.
Mr. Hopper is survived by his wife, Joyce, and children, Rick, Bernard, Scott and Maureen.
Details are available in The Brandon Sun’s obituary notice.
Ground Water Canada extends its condolences to Mr. Hopper’s family and friends. We spoke with Mr. Hopper in June; that interview will be published online at groundwatercanada.com in the near future.
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