|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1861|
|Death: ||May 7, 1915, Ireland|
DROWNED DURING THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA.
George Robert Copping was born in Toronto to Edward Copping and his wife Emma Evans Copping. On the 22nd of July 1885 he married Emma Louise Black, in Guelph, daughter of Hiram Black and his wife Eliza Ann Tovell Black of Wellington. George and Emma had two sons Norman Judson and Russell Verner. George first worked as a Clerk and later as a Commercial Merchant and a Commissioned Agent, traveling between Canada, the United States and England on many occasions. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century George had formed the Reliance (Reliable) Knitting Company which later became the G. R. Copping and Sons Manufacturing Company.
War in Europe came in 1914 and Canada and Canadians were at the service of the mother country England. George's son Norman served in the Royal Grenadiers Regiment and George assisted the efforts through his business. Travel across the Atlantic Ocean had become increasingly dangerous and by April of 1915 the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. had issued a notice warning travellers of the risk of sailing in the waters off the British Isles. The Cunard Line printed this Notice below their advertisements for their ships the Transylvania, Tuscania, Orduna and the Lusitania.
Clearly the notice had not affected thousands of passengers travel plans between North America and the British Isles, the ships continued to sail in all their comfort and splendor.
George and Emma Copping booked their trip to England in 1st Class passage in Starboard Side Saloon Cabin E75 – their steward was Alf Woods.
On the 7th of May the German U-boat's Torpedo struck the Lusitania at 2:10 PM on the Starboard side beneath the Bridge area just below the waterline with an explosion that killed many on impact. A second explosion followed quickly that sent dust, steam and debris swirling around the ship. An S.O.S. was sent and received in Queenstown, but slow moving fishing boats would take almost two hours to reach the survivors. The Lusitania sank in 18 minutes with few of her Lifeboats successfully lowered.
From later reports steward Alf Woods, who survived, stated that he gave his lifejacket to Mrs. George Copping. There is an account of the last words of George Copping, heard by Percy Rogers, manager of the Canadian National Exhibition, "My wife is gone and I can't hold out much longer." By all accounts neither George nor Emma had life vests.
Reports in Toronto newspapers remained confused over the next month in the search for the survivors and later the recovery of the dead. One report stated that George and Emma were thought to be rescued, but as time passed the worst was realized. Finally the body of George Copping was recovered and he was returned to Toronto and buried on the 2nd of June. Among the mourners was his 85 year old father Edward Copping. The body of Emma Louise Black Copping was never recovered, she is memorialized on the family stone in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Edward Copping (1829 - 1920)
Emma Evans Copping (1833 - 1896)
Emma Louise Black Copping (1862 - 1915)
Norman Judson Copping (1886 - 1921)*
Russell Verner Copping (1890 - 1926)*
William Thomas Copping (1858 - 1936)*
George Robert Copping (1861 - 1915)
Sarah Adeline Copping Price (1866 - 1944)*
Lucy Harriet Copping (1870 - 1884)*
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Maintained by: Cherie Lynn
Originally Created by: Islington
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63380067