Richard Hopkins obituary

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My father, Richard Hopkins, who has died of a heart attack aged 68, was a talented music teacher, musical director, pianist and organist. He lived for most of his life in Bangkok, spoke fluent Thai and was respected for his great musicality and warm nature.

He was born in Cardiff, the son of Graham, an Anglican vicar, and Margaret (nee Evans). He went to Aberavon junior school then Dyffryn grammar, in Port Talbot, followed by Bristol University, where he studied mathematics and philosophy. In 1972 he left his course to travel the world, setting off on the Orient Express down through Europe, Turkey, Afghanistan, India, all through south-east Asia and finally reaching Australia.

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