World War II veteran Bob Copthorne passed away in San Diego, CA, his birthplace, on June 10, 2013, at almost 94. Bob spent most of his youth in Canton, Ohio. |
During WWII, Bob drove to Arizona to enlist in the Navy and became an aircraft carrier fighter pilot. After the war, his adventurous spirit led to a long sailing voyage through the Panama Canal. For many years, Bob owned the VW dealership in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and retired to Fallbrook, CA, where he enjoyed golfing and swimming. He later joined two of his sisters at the Remington Club in Rancho Bernardo, CA.
Bob was the youngest and last of six children, who all eventually returned to their childhood roots in Southern California.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; brother, Dick Copthorne; and sisters, Annette Miller Wardrop, Alice Cashin, Geneva Shafer and Betty Copthorne. He is survived by daughters, Lisa Broughton of Concord, CA, and Carolyn Gilliland and Kay Anderson of Canton, Ohio; several grandchildren; and many who called him "Uncle Bob", including local resident, Carol (Mrs. Jon) Groseth.
Funeral services will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma.
Published in the Pomerado News on June 27, 2013