3689 Murray Copeland
Obituary for Murray Esmonde Copeland
COPELAND, Murray Esmonde - It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Murray Esmonde Copeland on January 22nd, 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. Beloved husband soul-mate and best friend of Patricia Joan (nee Francis) of 51 years. Patricia and Murray were friends from an early age having grown up three doors apart on the same street and attended the same school in East Kildonan. He is survived by his children Thomas (Sonya), Karen, Mark (Heather) and grandchildren Kyle, Loren, Brian, Andrew and Amanda. A strong believer in the power of family he loved and cared for all. Murray was born on the 16th of November, 1932 to parents Esmonde and Bertha Copeland (deceased). He grew up in Donnacona Quebec and Winnipeg Manitoba with brothers Miles (Margaret), Campbell (Cynthia) and Kenneth (deceased) (Judith). Murray will be missed by Patricia's sister Bevis (Richard - deceased) Bird and brothers Donald (June) and Barry (Georgina) Barnes and their families. Murray attended Royal Military College, College Militaire Royal in its inaugural year and finished his Civil Engineering Degree at the University of Manitoba. Murray's career with the Canadian Armed Forces spanned thirty-five years as a navigator for the 440 and 416 fighter jet squadrons and included postings at Royal Roads as an instructor and two tours in Europe. Murray believed in community involvement and gave his time freely to the community in which he resided. His wide range of involvement included the Boy Scouts, Air Cadets, swim teams and various other sports teams. Murray was a Past Master and current member of the Masonic Lodge No. 420 North Bay and active with the Rorab Shrine Club as a member of the Klown Unit. He was a member of the Air Force Association of Canada 422 R.C.A.F. (Nipissing) Wing. Murray was passionate about raising funds for the Shriners Children's Hospital, traveling, genealogy, stamp collecting and laughing and teasing all who were within range. Friends may call at the MARTYN FUNERAL HOME (across from city hall) on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Masonic Lodge service to be held at 7:00 pm Funeral services to celebrate Murray's life will be held in Trinity United Church at 1:30 pm on Friday January 30, 2009. Cremation to follow. If desired in lieu of flowers donations to the Rorab Shrine Klown Unit for the Children's Hospital will be gratefully acknowledged as expressions of sympathy. Online condolences may be offered at www.martynfuneralhome.com.
We are all saddened to lose another one of us. The bunch from our floor in LaSalle (#3 Squadron) have lost John Gaylord, Dick Harding, Jay Kennedy, Dale Crook and now Murray. I don't know why I thought we would all last forever but maybe, since we all met as a group at the same point in our lives, somewhere in the back of my mind I imagined the group would stay like that and all drop dead at the same time. Wishful thinking! Murray was one of my life supports in our last two years. Among the many things he did, he would brew the tea late in the evening to fortify us for another couple of hours of study and would poke me in the ribs when I drowsed off in class the next day. We spent a lot of time together trying to be civil engineers even though neither of us followed that branch of engineering afterwards.
Information from Karen Copeland -
Murray & Pat were at the airline counter in Mexico City about to get on a connecting flight when Murray had a massive heart attack. (he had two previous attacks over the past few years). Three Doctors who were right there could not bring him back. The Mexican Hospital called Karen as did the Canadian Consul and they looked after Pat until Tom (son) could get there from Toronto. Pat and Tom will probably be home in next two days with Murray's remains coming a few days later. Funeral homes in Mexico and North Bay are in close contact and making all necessary arrangements.
Murray and Pat at the 2003 Reunion