Herbert Hope

Obituary of Herbert Hope

Herbert Ward Hope, Jr., age 96, of Rockville, MD, beloved husband of the late Anna Jane Hope, died February 12, 2017 at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD. Born in New Haven on August 13, 1920, he was the son of the late Herbert Ward Hope, Sr. and Elizabeth Davidson Hope. Mr. Hope was raised in New Haven and was a proud U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, where he served as a LTJG Engineering Officer, decorated with the American Theatre, Pacific Theatre with one star, and Victory Medal. A Shelton resident for over 30 years, he was a member of the Huntington Congregational Church and the Shelton Exchange Club, as well as a member of the Trumbull Lodge, AF&AM #22 of New Haven. Mr. Hope was the Chief Product Engineer of Jenkins Valve Co. of Bridgeport, where he was employed for over 25 years prior to his retirement in 1985. Previously, he was employed by the University of Bridgeport as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. Following his retirement Mr. Hope enjoyed inspiring students as a substitute teacher at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School, Ansonia. He is survived by his devoted children, Sally Beth Buckner and her husband Leigh of MD and Ward Hope and his wife Beth of The Villages, FL; cherished grandchildren, Thomas Hope of Milford, Christopher Hope of Shelton; and a great-grandson, Andrew Hope. A Memorial Service with Masonic Ritual will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia. A Graveside Committal Service with Full Military Honors will directly follow in the Huntington Lawn Cemetery, 24 Lane St., Shelton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prairie Road, Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM, prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com.