FRANCIS (FRANK) COPLIN
July 26, 1920 ~ March 4th, 2013
We are sad to announce that Frank Coplin fell asleep in death at Noric House on March 4th, 2013, at 92 years of age. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Betty, on December 10th, 2012.
He was born and raised in Fernie, B.C., one of twelve children. He worked as a ranch hand and a coal miner before volunteering for the Canadian Army and served overseas during World War II. After the war he worked for the City of Vancouver and later joined the C.S.W. Local #1611 and began his work in construction. He was foreman on many construction projects including the addition to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital where he met his wife who was nursing there. Frank and Betty were married in June of 1967 and he became Dad to Betty’s two sons, Jim and Bill Young. As time passed he became a proud Grandpa to Krista and Carley (Jim and Erica Young); Rachel (Bill and Dorothy Young); and Great Grandfather to Scott (Rachel and Steve Henry) all of whom mourn his loss.
Frank has lived in the Coldstream for the past 45 years. Frank’s interests included fishing, camping, playing crib, puttering at golf, eating his favourite breaded oysters from Campbell River, his love and concern for animals, and finally his enthusiasm for “happy hour”, especially during the many years he and Betty would winter in Yuma with their dear family friend, Gwen Whitelock. Regrettably Frank suffered with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in his later years. At last the confusion and turmoil he endured at the end of his life have ended. The Young family will cherish the tales he used to tell of his younger years and the pride and fondness with which he spoke of his Kopchiak family and of life growing up in Fernie. We will treasure the happy times enjoyed camping as a family and spending “Lazy Mabel time” at the family cabin on Mabel Lake.
Heartfelt appreciation to Dr. De Beer and to the wonderful staff at Noric House for the fine care they gave Frank during the last six months of his life.
No memorial service will be held for Frank at this time, but a family gathering will be held later in the year to spread both Frank and Betty’s ashes.