Patrick Shawn Hudson “Scoop”

December 12, 1963 - April 10, 2016
Patrick Shawn Hudson “Scoop”

Patrick Shawn Hudson of Wilmington, Age 52,  passed away peacefully at Cypress Pointe Rehab & Health Care Center after spending a great morning visiting with family and friends.

He was born in Wilmington, NC and attended John T. Hoggard High, UNC-Wilmington as well as Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He served his country with honor and distinction in the US Army Band.

After college, he worked many years in the hardware industry including Hudson Hardware and Stewart’s Hardware in Southport, NC. At the time of his declining health, he was employed with the Wilmington Cape Fear Pilots Association as a Maritime Navigation Dispatcher.

His passions in life were playing his saxophone as well as playing cribbage, from games around the kitchen table to serious tournaments in Reno, NV. His love of music allowed him to play numerous gigs with very talented musicians, leading to lifetime friendships. Shawn was always happiest with his sax in his hands.

Shawn was preceded in death by his father Arthur Hudson, mother Margaret “Dee” Hopseker and step-father Elwood “Hoppy” Hopseker. He is survived by his brother Jay Hudson (Betty), aunt Cindy Everett Meyers (Greg), nieces Jennifer Goodman and Ashley Mears, great niece and nephew Jayla and Alex Hudson and a special canine friend, Sophie, whose visits made his day extra special.

During Shawn’s illness he faced adversity with courage, strength and yes, even humor. His family and friends would like to thank the many great caregivers including the staff of Cypress Pointe, Devita Dialysis Center, Dr. Matt Janik and Charles Neuwirth and staff, especially Tara.

Shawn had many friends who stayed in touch and lifted his spirits during his illness. Please know he loved and appreciated all of you.

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice” ~ Bob Marley

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Chapel. Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation and refreshments following the service.

Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Post a Condolence” tab below.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


Sunday, June 12, 2016
12:00 AM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • April 15, 2016
    Steven & Marilyn Bohon says:
    I was so sad to hear of Shawn's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will never forget how Shawn's eyes lite up when he first set in his power chair and the freedom he expressed. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • April 13, 2016
    Robert Ryninger says:
    Sending my prayers and condolences to the Hudson Family. I will continue to fight this heartless disease. God Bless and RIP.

  • April 13, 2016
    Steve Phillips says:
    You have my sympathy, Cindy. I will miss Shawn, but he will live in my memory.

  • April 13, 2016
    Lewis (Buddy) Gambill says:
    I am total disbelief that Shawn is no longer with us. The good memories from all the many years of knowing him will always shine bright in my memory. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family who loved Shawn so very much.

  • April 13, 2016
    Jay Niver says:
    I had the privilege of playing many gigs with Shawn and Duke Ladd. Musical success depends as much upon personalities as it does upon chops, and Scoop was, to my mind, the perfect bandmate ... Not to mention that his playing was as stellar as his character.