Dad-Grampy CopanCOPAN, BENVIE ARTHUR – Peacefully after a very brief battle with cancer, with his loving family at his side on Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 11:11 am. Ben leaves behind a beautiful wife, Judy, of 51 years. Dearest father of, Terry & Mario, Kim & Jerry, Mike & Terrina, and Steve & Beth. Proud and loving Grampy of Michael, Sarah, Matthew, Kayla, Kyle, Paige, Jessie, Amanda, Ashely & Derek. Survived by his sister Manuella, pre deceased by his brothers Leo & Dennis, and his sister Clara. Cremation has taken place. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Ben’s memory.

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  1. Bev & John Campbell
    Bev & John Campbell says:

    So sorry for your loss Terrina & family. Cancer is such a hard battle for a family to see a loved one go through. Wishing you all the best, our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Luv Bev n’ John xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  2. Rosario and Brenda Traina
    Rosario and Brenda Traina says:

    Kim and Family…we are sadden to hear of the passing of your Dad…our thoughts and prayers are with you…all our love Rosario and Brenda

  3. Tracy, Blake, Leah & Tara Tyas
    Tracy, Blake, Leah & Tara Tyas says:

    We were very saddened to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all the Copan family right now.

  4. Simeon & Crystal Bempong
    Simeon & Crystal Bempong says:

    Simeon & I were very saddened to hear about Ben’s passing, he was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Simeon, Crystal & family.

  5. Jasna and Derrick Samson
    Jasna and Derrick Samson says:

    Our deepest condolences to you at this very sad time. Although I didn’t know Ben I can confidently say that he raise a wonderful family. Growing up with Mike and Terrina I did have the pleasure of getting to know the Copan siblings, and I can say that they are truly genuine people that have brought up beautiful children of their own. This is just a testament that being raised with a strong family bond that is filled with love and family values is passed down thorugh generations, and this is clearly the case with the Copan’s.

    Our thoughts are with you always,

    Jasna, Derrick, Holly and Tyler.

  6. Beverley Yurkiewich
    Beverley Yurkiewich says:

    Dear Judy & Family I am so sorry to hear about Ben, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    We love you all.

    Beverley, Mitchell & Jessica

  7. Kim
    Kim says:

    Dear Copan Family,

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. Ben was truly a genuine man and his legacy will live with the beautiful family he has left behind.

    Prayers and blessings!!


  8. The Beckett Family
    The Beckett Family says:

    Ben, you leave behind a truly amazing family. Your wife, children, extended family and grandchildren are a group of the most loving and caring people I have ever met in my life. I love them all dearly, as they all loved you. Without you, I would not have my best friends and words cannot express how your family fulfills my life every single day. Thank you for my best friends. You will be missed as much you were loved. My father will take care of you up there.

    May your soul forever rest in peace.

    All my love,
    Linda Beckett and Family

  9. Gerry and Georgeann Thompson
    Gerry and Georgeann Thompson says:

    Judy we are so sorry for your loss, and the hardship you have had to go through if there is anything we can do for you just let us know. Ben will always be in our prayers and I know he is in a better place with his Mom.

    Gerry and Georgeann

  10. Irwin and carole bland
    Irwin and carole bland says:

    Judy, we were sincerely sorry to hear of bens passing. he was always so full of life and although we did not see you that often, we considered you both to be close friends of ours. our sincerest sympathys to you and your family. so wonderful to have your children and all those wonderful grandchildren and lots of wonderful memories of your life together.

  11. Dorathy and Ray Whittaker
    Dorathy and Ray Whittaker says:

    Dear Mike Terrina Paige and Jessie

    Sorry to hear of this sad news. Cancer is a terrible disease that robs many of their most cherished loved ones…a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother! Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Dorathy Ray
    Angel Paul and Chris

  12. Rhonda
    Rhonda says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Be strong for each other. I love and miss all of you. Love Rhonda

    A poem that holds a lot of meaning for you…

    How Do You Live Your Dash

    I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
    He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

    He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears,
    but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. (19??-2011)

    For that dash represents all the time that he spent alive on earth…
    and now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we won; the cars…the house…the cash,
    what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard.. are there things you’d like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real,
    and always try to understand the way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more
    and love the people in our lives like we’ve never done before.

    If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile.
    Remembering that this special dash might only last a while.

    So, when your eulogy’s being read with your life’s actions to rehash…
    would you be proud of the things they said about how you spent your dash?


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