DURHAM — George Earl Copp, 90, died Jan. 23 at Mid Coast Hospital.
Born April 6, 1919, in Garden Plains, Alberta, Canada, he was a son of Alexander Frank and Elizabeth Ogg Copp.
He developed his strong work ethic from his father and grandfather who were river drivers and woodsmen in Canada. After the family moved to Brunswick, he attended local schools and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1937.
On April 30, 1941, he married Shirlie Curtis of Freeport.
During World War II he served in the Army military police.
After the war, he and Shirlie bought a farm in Durham. Over the years he loved raising farm animals, taking care of his land and planting gardens. He continued to split wood for personal use and to sell well into his 80s.
He was regarded as a good neighbor, an honest businessman and an entertaining storyteller.
He was predeceased by his brother Robert, and two sisters, Mabel Williams and Caroline Osmond.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Shirlie of Durham; his son, Frank and his partner Christie Taylor of Durham, his daughter, Peggy Brick, and her husband Ralph of Durham, and his son, Robert and his wife Griselda of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and twp sisters, Margaret Austin of Durham, and Josephine Bell of Chelsea.
Memorial services were held last weekend.
Memorial donations can be made to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 420 Poland Spring Road, Auburn, ME 04210.
Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.brackettfuneralhome.com