BOYNTON BEACH Fla. – George Lee Copeland, husband of the late Betty Copeland, passed away May 5, 2013, at home with his family. He was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Bangor, son of Guy and Iva Copeland.
He is survived by three children, Lori, Rhonda and Guy; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and six younger siblings.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Destroyer USS Gearing DD-710 and spent several years with the Naval Reserve before joining the Maine Army National Guard. He earned the love and respect of many in his years with the 262nd Engineer Battalion at the old Bangor Armory becoming the Battalion Maintenance Sergeant and eventually First Sergeant of Headquarters Company. George treasured his time with his fellow soldiers in the “Two-six-two.” He worked many years with a great bunch of guys at Guard’s Maintenance Shop, OMS No. 3, Bangor. He also spent special years with Pete and Bud at Holyoke and Young Foundations. His greatest passion was trout fishing. George would wade the nastiest bogs and burst through the thickest alders to get to his beloved brook trout. Any and all brooks down the Airline saw regular visits. Rumors are that he may have sometimes been “on the clock” because returning from trips to Calais would find his work uniform soaked and tattered. In his retirement years he was a snowbird who enjoyed his summers in Ripley with his good friends Dee and Dave.
A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. May 24, at St. Patrick’s, 21 Holyoke St., Brewer. Burial will be at a later date. Donations may be made to hospice or charity of your choice.