Robert Irving Copeland

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Robert Irving Copeland was born in New Smyrna Beach on September 5, 1928, and passed away on March 30, 2014 at Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center. Robert was preceded by his wife, Caroline after 53 beautiful years of marriage, and his adopted grandson, Michael. He graduated from high school in 1945, entered college in 1960, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1965 with a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling after getting his BA in Language Arts. After 35 years working for the State of California, he retired from his Rehab Administrator position at age 70. After retirement they moved back home to New Smyrna Beach, where he lived out his remaining years at Bouchelle Island. He loved watching the boats, reading out of his library, playing piano, and having many talks of New Smyrna Beach. Robert had great knowledge of the history of the old New Smyrna Beach and loved sharing that. His father, Spencer Copeland, was hired to build our Veteran's Monument at Riverside Park that still stands today, and his brother, Herbert, was one of the first nine Lifeguards. Robert was a gentle, caring, giving, and compassionate person who will be missed by all that loved and knew him. He is survived by his niece, Colleen O'Leary. Thank you to Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center for all their wonderful care and support and to Vitas Hospice. Condolences may be made online at


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 2, 2014
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