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Born: Apr 16, 1942

Date of Passing: Jun 01, 2021

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Walter Michael Copp, 79, of Winnipeg, Manitoba passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, surrounded by his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Stella and Stanley Copp, sister Patricia Gagné and brothers-in-law, Tony Gagné and Terry Kuzina. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce Copp (nee Sitarz), children, Carolyn (Darren) Whyte, Catherine Copp, Christine (Chad) Dockter and Justin (Sandra) Copp, grandchildren, Ryan, Brittany and Derek Whyte, Paige (Braydan Grawberger) and Taylor Krasulja, Anabel, Charles and Molly Copp, and great-granddaughter Peyton Grawberger, as well as his siblings, Stanley (Marcella) Copp, Grant Copp and Debbie Kuzina (Patrick), and in-laws, Louise and Gayle Venton, along with many nieces and nephews.
Walter was born April 16, 1942 in Winnipeg. He attended McIvor, New Rosewell and St. Paul's High Schools. Growing up, his family worked as market gardeners, peddling potatoes and other vegetables at the North End Farmers' Market and making barrels and barrels of dill pickles. The entrepreneurial spirit was in his blood. At age 19 he became an owner-operator hauling gravel for Kleysen's Cartage. In the early 1970s, Dad took a leap of faith and started Brunswick Enterprises along with his family, eventually quitting his job at Air Canada where he worked from 1967 to 1975. Brunswick began as a demolition company and over the years evolved into Brunswick Steel where he worked until his retirement. He instilled in us the values of hard work and determination.
Throughout the years Dad enjoyed many fishing trips with friends and family. He was a season ticket holder of the Blue Bombers for over 40 years and an avid Jets fan. He appreciated arts and culture including the WSO, MTC, Prairie Theatre, Folk Fest and Broadway musicals. He was hip, suave and always well dressed but was happiest flipping his homemade burgers in the backyard. He truly was a family man. Dad's travels took him to six continents. Highlights included Dakar, Senegal, the Milford Track in New Zealand and the Great Wall of China. He had fond memories of family times at Riding Mountain, Disney World and Puerto Vallarta. Dad had a love of the outdoors, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. When he learned to downhill ski in his 50s he was a natural!
Dad met Mom in grade 4 and liked her right away. They were married in 1964, started their family on McIvor Avenue and then resided for 45 years on Bluegrass Road. Dad loved his yard work, checking his rain gauge and watching his grass grow but recently welcomed the simpler life at his new condo on Henderson Highway. His grandchildren and great-granddaughter were the light of his life.
Special thanks to Dr. Jeff Wiebe and the WRHA Palliative Care Team for their outstanding care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place and Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gerard Parish followed by interment at Bird's Hill Park Cemetery at a later date. An announcement will be published with the date and time of the service for those that wish to join the family virtually.
Donations in Walter's memory can be made to Harvest Manitoba, Siloam Mission or a charity of your choice.
Friends and family are welcome to leave condolences and share memories by visiting Walter's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 05, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Dear Joyce, I came across this by accident and just had to reach out to you. I remember fondly the times we shared at TCA I understand so well what loosing a loved one feels like as Jim past away 4 months ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult journey. - Posted by: Carol (Kraft) Ursel (friend) on: Feb 13, 2022

  • My condolences go out to the family of the former Mitchell-Copp Jewellery business and to the family of the original owners of Pratt's Wholesale Food Service. - Posted by: Philip (Lives in Winnipeg) on: Dec 14, 2021

  • Joanne and I would like to express our deepest condolences to you Joyce and all the family. Walter was kind and passionate to us and our family. I loved listening to all the stories of his pickle making, great fishing trips and frustration in sports he shared. We will always have a soft spot for the two of you in our Hearts. As Walter would wish enjoy life and all your family. Blessings to you Joyce and Walter is now out of pain. - Posted by: Joanne& Bruce Hallmuth (Friends) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • Donna and I only recently found out about Walter's passing and were deeply saddened to hear of it. We always found Walter to be a charming and gentle man and want to express our condolences to all his family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Donna & Michael Josefchuk (Cousin) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • Hello Joyce Upon browsing the obits found news of your husband's passing. I am sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We have lost track of each other, the last we would have seen each other was at your wedding. Andy and I now live in Cloverdale, B.C. would love to hear from you Leona Skrypnyk (Pawelko) - Posted by: leona skrypnyk (cousin) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • Dear Joyce and family, Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Walter. May you all be comforted by the precious memories you all shared together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Florence Sitarz and family - Posted by: Florence Sitarz (Friend) on: Jun 10, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your loved one, may he rest in peace! - Posted by: Emile and Sylvia Picklyk (friends) on: Jun 09, 2021

  • Dear Joyce and family, we are saddened to hear of Walter's passing. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Clare and I were privileged to get to know you as a couple through Marriage Encounter and were always impressed by your "togetherness": your support of each other was always evident. Getting to know Sandra and Justin and their children at Holy Redeemer only strengthened our admiration for your family values. Sending a big virtual hug, Joyce. Clare and Esther McKenty. - Posted by: Clare and Esther McKenty (friends) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • Thinking of you today Joyce and all your dear family were good neighbours and friends. Our kids grew up together.... went to school together...played together... even our dogs Rocky and Lady were friends! Wally will be missed but life goes on... so thankful for your dear children that stand by to support you in every way at a time like this. Your old neighbours on Bluegrass Road ... Don and Connie Borys and family 💞 - Posted by: Don and Connie Borys and family (Old neighbours ) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • Dear Joyce and family, our very deepest sympathy on your loss. May all your memories of Walter comfort you in the days ahead. He was a very dear he is home with the Lord. May God bless you in your sorrow..lovingly in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: joe and gail schwartz (cousin) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • Joyce and Family, Richard and I feel so lucky to have been chosen into the elite “Fishing Club”, as a fisherman and his wife! We have so many wonderful memories of such great times which we will cherish and which will help us accept his passing. Please know that we share in your sadness. Sending our love virtually until we can hug in person again! Betty and Richard - Posted by: Richard and Betty Ducheck (Friends) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • My Deepest Sympathy Joyce and all the family. Remembering all the fun times spent together. Love to All !!! - Posted by: Janet Tomczak (cousin ) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear. We were business neighbours for many years. Ran into Walter at the Wellness Centre several times after we both retired. Had happy memories recalling our business experiences and lots of laughs. Sincere condolences to his family. Jack Lazareck - Posted by: Jack Lazareck (business neighbour) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • Joyce and family. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Wally. Liz and myself want to express our condolences to all of you at this time of your loss. Wally was a prime example of someone who was a great role model for others in many aspects of his life. May you as a family take solace in knowing that Wally made a difference in the lives of the many people that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dave and Liz Paulusma, White Rock, BC - Posted by: Dave and liz Paulusma (Long time friend) on: Jun 05, 2021

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