Former Ohioan, W.R. 'Bob' Copthorne passed away on June 10 at almost 94 in San Diego, Calif. -his birthplace. Bob spent his youth on Ivanhoe Street in Canton, Ohio, and helped in the family tailoring/dry cleaning business started by his grandfather
located next to Bender's
Restaurant. Bob became a World War II Navy aircraft carrier fighter pilot, and
continued his adventuresome spirit after the war, including sailing from San Francisco through the Panama Canal. Bob later owned Brightwood Motors VW/Mazda dealership in New Philadephia, Ohio, where he met and married his wife, Charlotte. Bob retired to Fallbrook, Calif. where he
enjoyed golfing and swimming. He more recently joined two of his sisters, Alice Cashin and Betty Copthorne at a
retirement home in San Diego. Bob was the youngest of six children, all who eventually
returned to their childhood roots in Southern California.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; brother, Dick Copthorne; sisters,
Annette Miller Wardrop, Alice Cashin, Geneva Shafer and Betty Copthorne. He is
survived by daughters, Carolyn Gilliland and Kay Anderson of Canton, Ohio, and Lisa Broughton of Concord, Calif.; several grandchildren and many who called him 'Uncle Bob', including local resident Joe Copthorne.
Funeral services will be at Fort Rosecrans National
Cemetery overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
1880 Cabrillo Memorial Dr San Diego, CA 92106
Published in The Repository on June 23, 2013