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William (Bill) Copeland

William (Bill) Ritchie Copeland

Monday, January 19th, 1931 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Peacefully, at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington on March 19, 2020, in his 90th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Heather (nee Goldstein). Cherished father of Marla Copeland Larock and Camilla Copeland and loving grandfather of Ciara, Annika, Charles and Benjamin. Admired brother of Catherine Attridge and uncle of Sarah Attridge.

Bill was born in Wingham, Ontario in 1931 and raised in Windsor. He began his career as a chartered accountant at Brokenshire Scarff in Windsor and moved to Peat Marwick in Hamilton in 1960, where he would spend the next 30 years. He was named Partner and remained with the firm, as it merged to become KPMG, until his retirement in 1990. Bill highly valued his relationships at the firm.
Bill served on the boards of The Hamilton Club, and the Canadian Cancer Society (Hamilton). He also managed the finances of the Hamilton Community Foundation and served as treasurer at Port Nelson United Church in Burlington.

Married in 1959, Bill and Heather moved from Windsor to Hamilton before making Burlington their home in 1968. Bill was an avid golfer and a member of The Hamilton Golf and Country Club for over 50 years. An early riser, Bill liked to book the first tee time of the day. He enjoyed winter trips to Florida to golf with his regular partners and travelling to Europe with Heather.

Bill required bypass surgery in 2004 and was grateful for the excellent care he received from Dr. Kevin Teoh and Dr. Brian Sullivan, and ongoing care from Dr. Paul Hart. Soon after surgery, Bill began visiting the gym most mornings at 7 am, a routine he would continue for the next decade.

Friends and family will remember Bill as a gentleman, honourable, dependable and thoughtful. He was a man of integrity with his greatest pride and joy his family. He spent his last three years at LaSalle Park Retirement Community in Burlington, where his sister, Catherine, also resided. Bill enjoyed talking politics, dinners with his tablemates and family, and keeping up with his grandchildren’s happenings. A special thanks to the many who showed Bill kindness at LaSalle, especially the irreplaceable Magnolia Arbelaez.

A private family interment will take place later this month at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. In keeping with current circumstances, a celebration of life will be held at a late date. For those who wish, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
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Private Condolence

Nina Howard

Posted at 07:46am
To the Family of Mr Bill Copeland..
Williams Bros Growers (Brian & Nina) would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his Family & Friends.. We stand @ the Burlington farmers mrkt.. Having been their for 30years, we have been Blessed to know wonderful folks, who have supported our Farm each season.. Mr Copeland and his wife were wonderful friends of the mrkt.. We remember well.. God Bless their memory..
At this most difficult time for the Family, please take comfort knowing that he was indeed a very nice man and he will be remembered..
God Bless you all as our country deals with uncertain times ahead..

With sincere respects
Brian & Nina
Williams Bros Growers

Marla Posted at 12:52pm

Thank you Brian and Nina. So very thoughtful of you to take the time to write. I appreciate your memory and your lovely words. My father so enjoyed visiting the farmers market each week. I recall accompanying him to the market when I was a child (before your time there) and helping select produce and sampling cheeses at Bergey's. Dad continued to go to the market even after moving into his retirement home when my mom passed and having very nice meals provided. I think, for him at this time, his trips were more about the people at the market, and his interactions, than the produce and food itself. Thank you for helping make the market such a happy destination for him. Marla

John Anderson

Posted at 09:38pm
So sorry to hear this new. Joanna and I are thinking of you, Marla and Camilla. Bill was a wonderful man and great neighbour.

Marla Posted at 12:22am

Thank you, John. We have such fond memories of growing up on Rankin Drive and greatly appreciate your kind words. Marla

Terry Cooke

Posted at 09:58am
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Marla and Camilla, on the loss of your father. From everyone at Hamilton Community Foundation.

~ Terry Cooke

Marla Posted at 12:05am

Thank you kindly Terry.

Mary Ellen Opie

Posted at 12:06pm
I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My father, Paul Phoenix, used to golf with Bill regularly up until a few years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. My sincere condolences, Mary Ellen Phoenix-Opie

Marla Posted at 12:16am

Thank you very much for reaching out Mary Ellen. Dad so enjoyed spending time with your father and always spoke very highly of him. We heard his name often and understood he was an exceptionally kindhearted man. Warm regards, Marla

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