John F. Copeland

John F. Copeland

Thursday, April 13th, 1950 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Obituary

John F. Copeland, of Sheppard Rd., Bliss, died Saturday January 4, 2020 at his home at the age of 69.

He was born April 13, 1950 in Port Allegany, PA a son of the late Francis B. and Jean C. (nee Long) Copeland. He was a 1969 graduate of Arcade Central School and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Genesee Community College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71.

He was a Deputy Sheriff, Road Patrol Captain and served as Undersheriff for the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, totaling over 30 years of service to the department. In 2003 he was elected Supervisor for the Town of Wethersfield, a position he still held at his death. He was Chair of the Public Safety Committee for the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. He was a member of the Arcade VFW and the Eagle Post and Strykersville Post American Legion.

He was an active member of the Wyoming County Sheriff's Mounted Unit and had served as Captain for several years. He was a Board member of the North American Police Equestrian Council and enjoyed horseback riding and hunting.

He is survived by his wife - Jackie (nee Cooper) Copeland whom he married August 28, 1991; children - Shannon Copeland, Shane Copeland and Eric Peet all of Bliss; siblings - Diana Mayer of Arcade, David (Robin) Copeland of Arcade, Eleanor (Tom Matthews) Copeland of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Tuesday January 7, 2020 and Wednesday January 8, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at W. S. Davis Funeral Home, Inc., 358 W. Main St., Arcade. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday January 9, 2020 at 11 am at the Yorkshire Free Methodist Church, 3172 Main St., Yorkshire where Rev. Mark Weber will officiate.

Burial will be in Hermitage Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Mounted Unit, 6716 Stinson Rd., Arcade, 14009.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    Address
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    Address
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Third Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    Address
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Fourth Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    W. S. Davis, Inc. Funeral Home
    Address
    358 W. Main St.
    ARCADE, NY 14009
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Yorkshire Free Methodist Church
    Address
    Route 39
    YORKSHIRE, NY
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Mark Weber
  • Interment

    Location
    Hermitage Cemetery
    Address
    Hermitage, NY

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Private Condolence
MS

Mary Siler

Posted at 05:07pm
Jackie sending many hugs to you. So very very sorry to hear about John's passing please let me know if there is anything we can do.
SH

Shawn Heubusch

Posted at 12:54pm
Please accept my condolences, John was a humble man that will be remembered for his dedication to his community and family. I will always remember him fondly.
IP

Irma Kreuzer, Kathy Iacuzzo, Janet Parsons

Posted at 12:49pm
We are saddened to learn that John has passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
TT

Tim Talley

Posted at 05:48pm
Please accept my condolences. In my time working with John, he was always a gentleman and always a calming influence. He was a great example of a dedicated public servant, but mostly he was a kind-hearted, decent man.

Tim Talley
Captain (Retired)
New York State Police
MB

MARSHALL BAILEY

Posted at 03:47pm
We are deeply saddened by the news of John's passing. We send our sympathy and prayers to Jackie and her family.
Retired Hanover County, VA Deputy Sheriff, Marshall Bailey and Dianne Bailey
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