It is with deep sadness we announce that Noble Coppaway, age 69, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020, and began his journey home after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer.
A private service will be held for Noble.
Noble is survived by his life-long partner and husband, Robert Wilson; his sisters Penny Williams (Stewart) and Bertha Coppaway; brothers Adam Coppaway (Michelle) and Obie Coppaway; father-in-law Bob Wilson; brother-in-law Rick Knott and uncle Noble Cummings; sisters-in-law, Jane Wilson (Trevor Thredgold), Kathie Madden, Patti Blackstaffe (Walter); and brothers-in-law James Wilson and Rick Wilson.
He was predeceased by his parents Aubrey and Joyce Coppaway; sisters Gloria Coppaway, Lillian Knott (Amos); brother Peter Coppaway, and mother-in-law Cathy Wilson.
Known lovingly as ‘Sonny’ to his family, he is fondly remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and many cousins, for whom he had deep dedication and affection.
Born Aubrey Noble Coppaway in Peterburough, Ontario, he grew up on the Curve Lake, First Nation. Noble deeply respected his ancestral heritage living life humbly and consistent with the example imparted upon him by the leadership of many Chiefs within his family. Noble was driven with a deep sense of social justice, particularly for persons of Indigenous descent.
Noble graduated with a Bachelor of Science, with honours, in Geological Sciences from Brock University in 1977. In 1986 he graduated with a Master of Divinity from the Canadian Theological Seminary, also with honours. For most of his working career, Noble applied his profession as a geologist with working stretches that took him from the Middle East to China. He was recognized nationally for spearheading the Geotechnical procedures associated with horizontal drilling. He also worked for several years, running the Native Alliance Churches in Western Canada.
After retiring, he took a position running the local post office in Revelstoke, B.C. his last hometown where he met and grew to love many close friends.
Humble, kind and loving, Noble appreciated many of the simple joys of life such as fishing, hiking, and gardening. He was a talented painter and thoroughly enjoyed spending time cooking for friends and loved ones. Noble, held a deep abiding Christian faith and embodied the spirit of the Seven Grandfather Teachings of Love, Truth, Humility, Bravery, Respect, Wisdom, and Honesty.
Robert and the entire extended family wish to thank Dr. Cam Molder of the Selkirk Medical Group and Dr. Humphrey of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, for their exceptional knowledge and guidance through a very difficult time. Additionally, a warm thank you to the nurses and staff of the Queen Victoria Hospital for their compassionate and loving care.
At Robert’s request, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Kidney Cancer Canada or the Nogojiwanong Friendship Center, Peterborough, ON.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Noble’s family by viewing his obituary at:
Arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.