Montville - Michael I. Cope, 67, of Uncasville, husband of Elizabeth (Marsh) Cope, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
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Michael was born in New London, the son of the late Julie (Potkay) and Robert W. Cope. Michael resided in the New London area most of his life and was a graduate of Waterford High School. Michael grew up on Eastern Avenue in New London and spent his early years playing at Riverside Park and swimming with his pals in the Thames River. He enjoyed boating, scuba diving, and motorcycling. In later years, he and Betsy shared many adventures traveling, and he especially enjoyed his trips to Alaska, Mexico, and the Panama Canal.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Michael proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Michael was a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Regiment. He received three Purple Hearts and was honorably discharged from active duty Oct. 20,1969. Michael then spent two years as a patrolman with the Baltimore City Police Department and 24 years as a trooper with the Connecticut State Police Department. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Thames River Detachment #1334, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter, John R. Morse #10, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post 1004, Jewett City, and the American Legion Post 138, Fitchville. He was a communicate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Quaker Hill. Michael was a dedicated police officer, respected comrade, loving husband, proud father, beloved brother, and loyal friend.
In addition to his wife, Michael leaves his family, his son, Christopher and his fiancÃ©e, Jill Bertolini, of Chester; step-daughters, Jane Toner and her husband, Will, of Webster, Mass., Caryn Konrad of Alpharetta, Ga.; step-sons, Robert Bingell of Griswold, David Bingell and his wife, Jennifer, of Griswold, and Daniel Bingell and his wife, Linda, of Quincy, Mass.; a sister, Judy Strutt and her husband, Charles, of Montville; a sister-in-law, Joan Cope of Lovell, Maine; his eight adoring grandchildren, Ryan, Alicia, Julia, Nathanial, Kade, Michael, Mitchell, and Helvi; and numerous nieces and nephews. Michael also leaves behind his lifelong friend and Marine Corps brother, David Kargul; and lastly his dog, Maisey, who was his constant companion and napping buddy for the past 10 years!
Besides his parents, Michael was predeceased by his brother, Robert, and nieces, Mary Cope and Tara Nisson.
A special thank you goes to the folks from the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut. We are so appreciative of everything you did for Michael this past year. He is free nowâ€¦no more suffering. God bless you and the work of your hands and your hearts, especially Bob, Lydia, Jim, Debra, and Holly.
There are no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 63 Old Norwich Road, Quaker Hill, CT 06375. Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., at the discretion of the family.
In lieu of flowers, Michael has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
For online condolences, please go to www.gagnepiechowski.com.
Published in The Day on July 16, 2014