LANCASTER - Kevin Kopp, 67, of Lancaster passed away July 7, 2013 after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
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He was born in Whitefield on May 22, 1946, the son of Alexander and Joan (Malone) Kopp.
Kevin was raised in Whitefield. He graduated from Whitefield High School and attended Champlain College. He served eight years in the New Hampshire National Guard.
After school he began a 42-year career at North Country Ford in Lancaster, 18 years as a dealer partner with his father, and 10 additional years partnered with his two sons. Twice as dealer principal he was the recipient of the President's Award, Ford's most prestigious award recognizing outstanding customer sales and service satisfaction. Kevin was referred to by his employees as "The Captain."
Kevin was a 40-year active member and past-president of the Lancaster Rotary Club. He spent 27 years on the board of directors of the Siwooganock Bank, the last six as chairman. Kevin also served on the boards of New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association and the Morrison Nursing Home. As a business man and board member, he was known for his honesty and common sense.
Kevin was an early member of the Lancaster Ambulance Corps, spent time as a hospice volunteer, and enjoyed washing the pots at St. Paul's weekly soup night. He enjoyed being a steward of the land, by improving his wood lots and bush hogging his fields. He was a member of the American Tree Farm Program.
Kevin was well known for his lifelong love for collecting, restoring, showing, and touring of old Fords, taking pride in his craftsmanship and knowledge of his automobiles. He loved Model T's, Model A's, flathead Fords, all types of Ford trucks, and early style Ford hot rods. Highlights of his hobby include a long time membership with the Central NH Model T Club and a 1995 cross-country trip of 8,300 miles with his wife, Mary, in a 1926 Model T roadster pick-up he had completely restored. Many of his closest friendships revolved around his old car hobby.
In 2008, Kevin retired to his hobby shop to begin building the hot rod of his dreams, a flathead powered, 1931 Model A pick-up. Due to his illness, the last phase of his project was completed with the help of many of his friends and fellow auto enthusiasts. His hot rod made its debut in Lancaster's Fourth of July parade driven by his sons while Kevin followed behind as the parade's Grand Marshal.
Kevin was predeceased by his father, Alexander J. Kopp. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Mary Schurman Kopp; his mother Joan Kopp of Whitefield; his two sons, Michael and Keith, and daughters-in-law Sharon and Amy Kopp respectively; five grandchildren, Alexander, Laura, Annie, Matthew and Emily Kopp all of Lancaster; sister, Kathleen Kopp of Whitfield; sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Robert Maroon, also of Whitefield; an aunt and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: Memorial visiting hours will be held Wednesday, July 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. A memorial service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Lancaster.
Memorial donations may be made to the Morrison Nursing Home at 6 Terrace St., Whitefield, 03598. Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.
Bailey Funeral Home
210 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Published in Union Leader on July 8, 2013