Robert Grant (Jerry) Copeland died on August 12 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, not far from where his wife, Frances Rught (Fisher) Copeland was born in 1952.

Am avid pilot, Robert was born on March 7, 1937, the son of Robert J. Copeland and Lillian Curtis Copeland. Soon after his birth, his parents moved from Tacoma Park, Md., to Walnut Creek, Calif. where his sister, Joe Rae (Stephens) was born not long after the move. Twin sisters Diane and Lora soon followed.

He is survived by his siblings; his wife Frances and their children, William Copeland and Mathew Robert Copeland. he is also survived by his daughter Deborah Lee Copeland, from his first marriage to Carren Curtis Copeland.

Interment was at Lambert’s Cove Cemetery.

The family offers gracious thanks for all that was done during this difficult time. Alzheimer’s disease was Jerry’s primary diagnosis, the signs first appearing in October 2008, while attending a family wedding.

Donations can be made to a charity of choice.