Bryan Hop Obituary, Death – Bryan Hop, also known as Hopper or Mr. Hop, fought cancer valiantly for several years before succumbing to the disease on Thursday, May 18th. On September 25, 1966, he entered the world as the son of Jo and Bruce Hop of New Richmond, Wisconsin. His summers spent in Forest River, North Dakota with his relatives and friends playing baseball and football were some of his most treasured childhood memories. He attended the University of Minnesota after graduating from New Richmond High School in 1985, where he worked as a trainer for the football team. He met his future wife, Gwen, while working in the rehabilitation department at Fairview Riverside.
On August 28, 1993, Bryan and Gwen tied the knot. They had a spot in a Prescott, WI, business where they sold antiques because they traveled and antiquities so often. Their largest “antique,” a lovely 1916 home on North Starr Avenue in New Richmond, was bought by them in 1995. He and his wife raised their three children here; Jack, Russ, and Anna. He often attended his children’s soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball, baseball, football, and cross country games and other school events. He would often cram more people into his minivan so that everyone could attend. Bryan also liked taking his family on vacation, especially to the Caribbean for snorkeling and the American Midwest to see his extended family in North Dakota and Montana.
After finishing his education at Concordia University and working as a vehicle salesman for Bernard’s Northtown, Bryan went on to become a Human Resource Specialist. Although he liked his time with his coworkers, he decided to go back to school in 2004 to receive his master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He taught for 17 years at New Richmond and was well liked by students and faculty alike. His unconventional approach to education went beyond the norm; he had his students write to local retirees, adopt needy families for the holidays, and even teach themselves the game of cribbage. Bryan would go out of his way to assist others and would never ask for anything in return.