HOLOPOFF—In loving memory of Billy Kay Holopoff. Billy passed away March 23, 2021, surrounded by the love of his family.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, often referred to as Sugarbear; his three daughters: Pamela Holopoff, Joyce Joslin and Barbara Holopoff Anderson; his son David Holopoff; his sister Sue Campbell of Connecticut; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of Sacramento, Calif.
Billy retired to Florence with his wife Marilyn in 1998 after a successful career in the Aerospace industry. He began in 1955 in Azuza, Calif., as a draftsman helping develop the propulsion engines that put men on the moon.
Later in 1963, he transferred to Sacramento, where he raised his family.
In his earlier years growing up in Los Angeles, Calif., Billy showed his athleticism by playing semi-pro baseball at age 16. He often stated that if not for his love for mechanics, he would loved to have played professional baseball.
Billy’s love for cars (hot rods) came about while working for his father at their Union 76 station in Montebello, Calif.
He purchased a 1941 Ford 3-window coupe, which he restored and named the “Purple Cow” for its deep purple color.
He later sold it to buy an engagement ring for Marilyn.
Billy’s love for trains from an early age inspired him to build a model railroad layout with a town and buildings named after family members.
Billy drew his strength and spirituality from AA and the people he met along his journey.
He imparted wisdom and was a positive influence to his many friends. He always said “Maintain an attitude of gratitude and a bit of humor every day.”
The greatest gift he received was love and the ability to give it away.