Memorable Manitobans: Thomas F. “Tom” Copeland (1925-1998)
Accountant, municipal official.
Born at Transcona on 18 July 1925, he spent his entire life in Transcona and Dugald except for three years in Ottawa. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following his military discharge, he became an accountant and established a practice at Transcona. In 1970, he joined the accounting firm of Campbell Sharpe and also worked for the federal government as a member of a commission on banking reform. He served as Mayor of Transcona (1960-1961), founding Treasurer of the Manitoba Opera Association, and was a member of the Transcona-Springfield School Division Education Foundation, Liberal Party, Royal Canadian Legion (Transcona Branch #7), and St. George’s Anglican Church. He stood as Liberal candidate for the Provencher constituency in the 1974 federal general election but was defeated by incumbent Jake Epp. He died at Winnipeg on 21 January 1998. He is commemorated by Thomas F. Copeland Memorial Park in Winnipeg.
“PCs expected to maintain margin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1974, page 16.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1998, page 13.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 November 2017
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