Thomas Alfred “Al” Copsey, 90

November 29, 2012

Thomas Alfred “Al” Copsey, 90, of Mechanicsville passed away surrounded by his loving family in Washington, DC. On Nov. 28.  Born on August 4, 1922 in Oraville, he was the son of the late Freeman Edward and Lillian Burch Copsey.  Thomas was the loving husband of Jean Delores Copsey whom he married in Leonardtown.

Thomas is survived by his children:  Mary Alice Copsey-Pirner (PJ) and Robert Lee Copsey (Carrie) both of Mechanicsville, 1 grandson Kevin Copsey, and great granddaughter Jaylynn Copsey.  Al is survived by his siblings:  Leonard Copsey, and Frank Copsey both of Mechanicsville.

Al graduated from Oraville School House and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s county.  Al served in the United States Army from Feb. 3, 1943 till March 11, 1946.  He served during World War II, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Award, and World War II Victory Ribbon.   Al worked at the Maryland State Highway Administration, for 30 years retiring in 1983.   He was a member of the American Legion, Hughesville and loved doing outdoor activities. He enjoyed crabbing, fishing, oystering, playing cards, poker and pitch with family and friends.

The family will receive friend on Monday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.  in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown with prayers recited at 7 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville with Father David G. Wells officiating.  Interment will follow in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Pallbearers will be:  Freeman Milton Copsey, Billy Buckler, David Downs, John Kennan, III, Charlie Keenan, and Thomas Wayne Buckler, Jr.  Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Joshua Ryan buckler, LJ Downs, Kevin Copsey, and Walter “PJ” Pirner.  Contributions may Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

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