COPPIN, James Allan; (Al Coppin)
June 12, 1940 – August 3, 2014
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and brother-in law on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. He fought his long battle with Lewy-Body Disease to the end. Loved and dearly missed by his wife Sharon, son Steve (Sue), daughters Laurie (Dave) and Shannon, grandchildren Elysia (Robbie) and Aaron (Jessica) and great granddaughter Brooklyn and another grandchild on the way. Loving son of the late Betty & Alf Coppin of Thunder Bay. Sadly missed by his brother Doug (wife Susan), sister Cherie (husband Larry), niece, nephew and families in Thunder Bay; sister-in law Linda Kipot (husband Mike), nieces, nephew and families in Sidney, BC. and many good friends made throughout the years.
Al was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. At 19 he entered Royal Roads Military College (1959 – 1961) and Royal Military College (R.M.C.) (1961 – 1962). He met his wife Sharon on a blind date at Royal Roads (Victoria, BC.) They were married in 1963 in Montreal (where he completed a Science degree) and had a son. In 1966 they moved to Vancouver and 2 daughters were born (1966 and 1969.) Al worked as a chemist for Lenkurt Electric (1966 – 1972) then worked as plant manager for Mortifee Munshaw for 9 years. He completed an MBA degree at SFU then returned to Lenkurt and on to the Research Division (MPR TelTec). He managed the packaging division then moved on to the satellite beacon program and travelled a fair amount on business. He worked as a consultant in various applications until he retired in 2000. Al was an active and outgoing man, with a sharp mind, quick wit and great sense of humour. He loved his golf, squash, and curling. (Also basketball in early years). He was a long time member at Pitt Meadows Golf Club. He coached his kids sports and loved going to the grandchildren’s events. He was a wonderful husband and family man; He was the rock of our family. We will love him and miss him forever. Rest in peace our beloved man.
Celebration of Life to be held 2 – 5pm on Saturday, Sept. 6th at Meadows Gardens Golf Club, 19671 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, BC. No flowers please, if you wish – donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice.