A spiritual man whose kindness will be missed

MELROSE — George Henry “Hank” Copp, 85, of Melrose, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2022, surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Marie (Sheridan) Copp and his four daughters.

Hank is also survived by his sister Gladys Copp, whose special needs he always provided for, acting as her lifelong caretaker with loving care. Loved by his daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Mark Cameron, of New Hampshire; Paula Copp and Stephen Abrams; Patricia Norton and Mark Van Etten and Beth Copp and William MacDonnell, all of the Melrose area. The grandchildren will miss their Pa, their Papa, he was “Hank Terrific:” Leo and Samantha Norton, Andrew and Alida Cameron, Margaret Norton, Henry MacDonnell, Eleanor VanEtten and Craig Barnes. Hank’s latest joy was his great-granddaughter Everly Rose Norton. Predeceased by his parents, Glady (Hunnewell) and Johnnie Copp, and granddaughter Heather Cameron. He will also be missed by his dear cousins Janet Hinman and Lois Dickerson and their families, the extended Sheridan clan, and many family friends.

Hank was born in Melrose and grew up in South Boston and Malden before settling back in Melrose after his marriage. He learned carpentry from his uncle Earl Hunnewell before apprenticing for a local builder, moving up to foreman and then starting his own business “Melrose Contracting.” Hank was a talented carpenter, generously mentoring and teaching his trade to the many extended family members who worked with and for him over the years. He was a great partner and “boss,” working until his retirement at age 75.

He designed and built additions to his family home, making room for his growing family. The “Copp compound” was a multi-generational oasis, with room for many extended family and friends over the years. Hank and Marie welcomed their children and grandchildren who always knew they could go home again whenever they needed a place to stay.

He was a very spiritual man, always reading and seeking solace in philosophy and embracing transcendental meditation. He always made time for his children’s and grandchildren’s school, sports and creative pursuits and was the grandkids’ favorite babysitter. He made them all feel safe and happy; standing on his strong shoulders, and jumping with delight into adventure. Hank taught the importance of showing up and doing the best you can do. He was the man you could call when you were in trouble; he would bail you out, give you a ride, lend you a hand, all without judgement.

He taught us kindness. He will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Riverside Community Care, 270 Bridge St., Suite 301, Dedham, MA 02026. A memorial service will be held at a later date. To leave an online message of condolence please visit gatelyfh.com.