Allan J. Coppock, of Stowe, Vt., died suddenly on his beloved sailboat "Mirage," in the British Virgin Islands, on Jan. 30, 2013.
He was born in Canada on Feb. 26, 1948, and spent his early years on a cattle ranch outside Calgary, Alberta, with his parents, Gertrude and Kenneth Coppock, and his sister Carolyn, where they attended the Indian reservation school located on the ranch.
After moving to California with his family, he became devoted to sailing, spending much time sailing on San Francisco Bay and to Hawaii. His love of sailing continued all his life, whether racing on Lake Champlain or cruising in the British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, rowing for Penn during most of his time there. While at Penn, he spent winter weekends in Stowe working at the Round Hearth, and eventually moved there, becoming a member of the famous Black Knights (otherwise known as the ski patrol), and the first male "waitress" at the Shed. He was involved in a number of businesses in Stowe and after volunteering and working at the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, started a sports timing business, Precision Sports Timing. During the past 12 years, he and his wife, Kitty, spent several months each year sailing in the British Virgin Islands where they had many dear and caring friends. They also enjoyed years of travelling to Africa, India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as many other countries. He served on the Stowe Development Review Board for 20 years, and was on the Copley Hospital Foundation, Helen Day Art Center, and Axa Insurance boards.
He is survived by his devastated wife, Kitty Lutz Coppock, formerly of Parkersburg; his sister, Carolyn Coppock Relyea, and her children, Alicia Relyea-Swinney, Jenna Shephardson, Jessica Relyea, Kenna Bostic and Justin Relyea, all of Texas; brother-in-law, John Sammel Lutz and his wife, Pamela, and their sons, Walker, Athey and his wife, Maggie, and Jacob; and his sister-in-law, Betty Lutz, all of Parkersburg.
Donations in Allan's memory, may be made to North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow, Morrisville VT 05661, or the Stowe Land Trust, 699 South Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672.
There will be a memorial gathering in Stowe at a later date.