March 17, 1929 – July 12, 2014
Albert Edward Copping Jr. passed away on July 12 at the age of 85.Al was born March 17, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the first of two sons of Louisa Alberta Copping and Albert Ernest Copping. He spent most of his life in the greater Burbank/Glendale and La Crescenta areas where he attended public schools and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948.He began work as a machinist out of high school and moved on to become an aerospace manufacturing engineer at Sterer Engineering in Glendale where he worked for 40 years until his retirement.
After high school Al began building, painting and professionally racing motorcycles winning countless races and custom motorcycle painting competitions. He absolutely loved to build and race, and was a top-notch mechanic as well.
Al met the love of his life, Mary Anne, at age 17 while in high school. They were married soon after and lived a wonderful life together. They welcomed three sons, Nick, Al III and Matthew. The family moved to La Crescenta near his parents and Al and Mary Anne spent the remaining years raising beautiful champion Irish Setters and traveling to dog shows throughout California. Mary Anne passed away in 2011 at age 81, and Al continued to show his last Irish Setter, Katie, up until just a few months before he left us.
Al was an amazing man, a devoted husband and father, and a craftsman at all he did in life. He treated people as friends and was well respected throughout the community. He loved to work in his yard and design new additions to the house, right up to the last breath he took. He even drew a picture of a new front porch handrail from his hospital bed the very last day!
The final few months became difficult for Al due to his heart becoming weaker. Finally his heart could no longer keep up with his many ideas and dreams, and he slipped quietly and peacefully into eternal sleep.
Al is survived by two of three sons, Nick and Al III, after the unfortunate passing of his youngest son, Matthew, at age 49 from cancer. He also leaves six granddaughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter. Al will be deeply missed and always remembered.
Services will be at Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at The Little Church of the Flowers
Wherever we go, no matter how far, you will always be in our hearts
Thank you for being in our lives, and giving yours unconditionally
Look up to the stars and feel the wind blow across the water
May God speed your way to eternal life, we will always be with you
Al III, Nick, Patricia, and our families