William Copeland Brant, known simply as ‘Cope’, passed away peacefully on January 31st in Uxbridge after a brief period of declining health. Born in Toronto on October 3rd, 1929, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Doreen. He is survived by his son, Dana (Darlene), and daughter, Debbie; by his six grandchildren, Megan (Jonathan), Derek (Morgann), Chris (Sam), Shaun (Rebecca), Ryan (Robyn) and Justin; and by his great-grandchildren, Charlie and Eloise.
In the hardware and paint manufacturing industries Cope enjoyed a long and successful career, owning and operating hardware stores in his early years and later becoming co-owner of ‘Trend Coatings’ until his retirement.
Cope made many friends throughout his long life - he was a great conversationalist, at ease in the company of all sorts of people, who inevitably took to his warmth, intelligence and humour. He dressed with non-flashy but impeccable style, and loved nothing more than to settle into a drink at ‘Happy Hour’ with his friends and family and talk about everything under the sun.
Cope particularly loved his cottage in Coboconk, where his wife Doreen and their children Dana and Debbie would spend many summers together, before being joined by grandchildren. He cherished this family sanctuary and found comfort and joy in its meticulous upkeep and quiet calmness late into his life.
Above all, Cope will be remembered as a gentleman. He was a pragmatist, who took life in stride and inspired his family with his generosity, humility, and sensitivity to others. For all who had the good fortune of knowing him, his presence will be greatly missed - not least of which around 4pm.