ROSLINDALE -- Harold F. Copeland, 76, of 16 Cornell St. and formerly of Warwick, died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, following an illness.
Born in Warwick, on Dec. 7, 1936, he was a son of William and Marian (Harris) Copeland and grew up in Warwick. He left New Salem Academy before graduating and enlisted into the United States Air Force on Feb. 15, 1954 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on March 21, 1957.
Harold married Patricia (Biscoe) on April 25, 1964 and enjoyed over 48 years together.
Following his military time, Harold worked for Lake Systems in Newton where he was the general manager. He then went on to start Harold Copeland Communications in Boston in 1986 and just retired at the start of 2013.
In the fall of 2012, Harold received his GED from the trustees of New Salem Academy, 58 years after going off to war and promised his diploma upon his return home.
Known for his great love of working, Harold also enjoyed tinkering with things, reading, watching cartoons and television in general, and was very fond of his eight cats.
Harold was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Copeland of Roslindale; his children, Kathleen Padden and her fiancé, Matt Nelson, of Warwick, William Copeland and Robert Copeland, and his fiancée Keri Vincent, all of Roslindale; grandchildren, Kelly Padden, Christopher Padden, Sean Padden, and Charles Copeland; great grandson Dylan Padden; sisters, Esther Redman of Abilene, Texas, and Rachel Bergquist of Warwick; and a dear family friend, Margaret Jameson of West Roxbury.
Besides his parents, Harold was predeceased by his siblings, Glenn Copeland, Frederick Copeland, Emma McKnight, Fannie Pippen, and William Copeland, as well as a daughter-in-law, Sharon Copeland.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
Funeral services and interment in Warwick Center Cemetery will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, suite 300, 11921 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy or find directions online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.