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Robert Coppens

Robert Cyril Coppens Sr.

January 31st, 1939 - April 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Passed away, after a four-year long journey with lung cancer, at Extendicare, Halton Hills on April 13th, 2020, Robert Cyril Coppens Sr., of Georgetown and formerly of Tillsonburg, in his 82nd year. Born on a tobacco farm 3km north of Lake Erie on January 31, 1939, to the late Maurice Coppens and late former Maria Elbode. Robert farmed tobacco for 39 years in the Langton area (just west of Deer Creek Dam at the corner of HWY 45 and Hazen Road), alongside his much-loved wife of 60 years, Georgette Coppens (Van Belle). It was here they raised their family of three children: Bobby Coppens Jr., of Tillsonburg; late Richard Coppens (1984) and Roxanne (Jeff) Van Damme, of Georgetown. Robert was particularly proud of his two grandsons Alex Van Damme and Zach Van Damme. Predeceased by his sisters Agnes Deroo (2008) (late husband Andrew 2013) and Elza ‘Elsie’ Bolle (2019) (late husband Michael 2017). Robert loved to share with friends and family tales of his life, and he enjoyed telling jokes to make others laugh. He also made sure everyone knew he was proudly computer literate. We will miss your text messages Dad/Grandpa! Thank you to the staff at Harvest Crossing in Tillsonburg, Stonebridge Community Services in Tillsonburg, Extendicare Halton Hills, and also to extended family members and friends for the kindness and compassion shared during this difficult time.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family viewing will take place in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Chapel, 40 Queen Street, Langton. Cremation follows with a private graveside service later in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Langton. On Robert’s tribute page (at www.verhoevefuneralhomes.com), relatives, former neighbours and friends are invited to share their favourite photos, memories, express condolences or make memorial donations in honour of Robert to the “Canadian Cancer Society” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes (519-842-4238), entrusted with all arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a later date with details to be announced in the future.
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Service Details

  • Private Family Graveside Service

    Location
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    24 Albert St.
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacko
  • Interment

    Location
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    24 Albert Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
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Cheryl Nevill

Posted at 09:33pm
I am so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I've had the pleasure of knowing Bob & Georgette while they lived on Bobolink beside my Mom & Dad. They were always so friendly and my Mom & Dad cherished their friendship. Even when Dad passed away, Bob was such a good friend to my Mom. I will always be greatful for their kindness towards my Mom. May you rest in peace Bob, you will be missed and always remembered.
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Gerry Coppens

Posted at 01:42pm
Dear Georgette and Family:
Gerry and I wish to express our sincere condolences for your great loss. He will be missed by many.
Gerry & Rosie Coppens
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Sharon Harrison

Posted at 08:03pm
Bobby, Roxanne, Jeff, Alex and Zach,
Sending love and thoughts your way. I will miss your dad. He was always kind to me and had a great “uncle” sense of humour. I will treasure
our last visit with him. We had a great laugh when we finally arrived (as he had to wait for us for an hour and did so in the lobby. 😄). He was definitely good with the computer. Thank goodness for that, as he guided us to the home through texts. We would probably never have found it without his guidance. One of my favourite memories was when I helped Uncle Bob and Aunt Georgette replant their tobacco crop froze in 1970. We worked day and night to get the crop in and through all our exhaustion we still managed to have many laughs. As we get older we realize how precious and wonderful our life truly is. Thanks to wonderful people, like you, Uncle Bob for helping to shape it.
Sharon and family ❤️❤️
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Pat D'Hulster

Posted at 07:01pm
For all of Bob's family, our deepest sympathy on your loss. Ron enjoyed the mornings with Bob and the coffee gang, sharing Langton stories at Tim's, remembering days gone by. Later, always happy with short visits over coffee and donuts at his home and then at Harvest, keeping in touch by texting in between. Great all around guy. Fondly remembered.
Ron and Pat D'Hulster
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K Van Belle

Posted at 11:12am
My deepest sympathy to Aunt Georgette, Bobby, Roxanne, Jeff, Alex and Zach.
Thinking of all of you
Karrie, Jeff, Riley and Sully
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