Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic. If there’s someone you’d like us to #Ride4, please visit the #Ride4 page.

September 21, 2017: #Ride4 Norman Hopson (by Katherine Hopson)

Tell us about them…

My dad was a great guy. One of 15 kids growing up poor in the 1930’s and 40’s. He was in the air force for 26 years and loved it. Married to my mother for 61 years. He could fix most anything. We spent a lot of time when I was adult repairing or making things. He was always willing to help, even when you didn’t want him too. He told the same stories over and over and I just wish I could hear him tell them again.

How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?

Never in a million years would I think he would commit suicide. I missed so much that I’m now aware were signs that things weren’t right. I always thought suicide was cowardly, but I know now I was wrong. I just wish he had told us what was going on so we might have been able to help.

A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?

Just look to the sky and tell him how much we miss him and how sorry I am.

Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?

He liked the older country and every time I hear Waylon Jennings I tear up.

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