Robert Joseph Colopy

7 mayo , 193025 julio , 2021
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Robert Joseph Colopy, 91, of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away peacefully on July 25, 2021. Bob was born in Alliance, Ohio on May 7, 1930. He was the son of the late John and Ethel Colopy.

Bob attended the Columbus School of Art in Ohio which began his lifelong passion for art and design. Bob met his future wife and best friend Mary in Toronto, Canada and they married in 1963. They would be celebrating 58 years of marriage in September. Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather known for his genuine smile, quick wit, and gentle spirit.

After enjoying a long and successful career in the advertising design business with Federman, Adams and Colopy and later with the firm of Colopy Dale in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he retired and spent many hours working in his garden and yard. He loved travelling with Mary and their good friends to Europe on many occasions and visiting family and friends all around the United States and Canada, always toting his special briefcase. Bob could always be counted on for a good talk and a strong Manhattan! He loved all aspects of art and design, especially museums and galleries. He was most proud of his children and grandchildren and dedicated his life to surrounding those around him with love. Even in his final days, Bob’s special charm was still present and we know he is finally enjoying a toddy in heaven surrounded by his friends and family that have gone before him.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Colopy and sister-in-law Bernice. He is survived by his wife, Mary McDonald Colopy; three children, Steven (Kelly) Colopy of Park City, Julie Maloney of Charlotte, and Lynne Casey (Scott) of Charlotte and five wonderful grandchildren, Kevin Colopy, Megan Colopy, Jack Maloney, Morgan Casey, and Erin Casey as well as many special nieces and nephews in California and Canada.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 3 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Rd, Charlotte NC, 28211. Visitation begins one hour before the Funeral Mass.

The family wishes to thank Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte, with special thanks to Beth Dove for her kindness and James McAuley for his gentleness as well as the very patient Blaise Kobemka from Golden Heart Senior Care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte, 7845 Little Avenue, Charlotte NC 28226 ( or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    martes, 3 agosto , 2021

  • Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

    martes, 3 agosto , 2021


Robert Joseph Colopy


Robert Magee

3 agosto , 2021

Thinking about “uncle” Bob today from Toronto. As my father’s best friend, I remember great times together in Pittsburgh and Toronto. I don’t know of anyone who brought with him the kind of laughter and joy as Bob. He will be missed by his family and friends who have wonderful memories to hold onto during this difficult time.

Lots of Love,
Robert, Irene, Anthony and Timothy

John West

31 julio , 2021

A kind, gentle, generous man with a great smile, and, lots of time and interest in everyone. Always willing to listen and hear.
He reminds me of the story of Jesus feeding the masses with a loaf of bread and fish.
However, in Bob’s version, he would bring with him his small liquor case everywhere he went and was able to serve drinks to the masses for as long as they were there!
He will be truly missed, a very special person!
We love you Bob. Rest In Peace.
Love the West family.

Val & Dan Ivak

31 julio , 2021

Dear Mary, Steven, Julie, Lynne and family.
We were so sad to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. His loving nature, will be cherished throughout our lives.
We know that death does not separate us from our loved ones. We carry their memories in our mind, and we carry their love in our hearts. Memories and love are what give us hope. Rest in peace Bob, your wonderful spirit lives on in all the people you have loved through your beautiful life.
Love you all, xoxo Val and Dan

Mindy Cerceo

31 julio , 2021

From the Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh connection...all I can say is that I am so grateful I took up tennis and thus met Mary & Bob. They are hands-down one of the most wonderful couples I have ever known, as well as their children. Bob's artistic talent was evident from their wonderful home on Murray Ave, the shade garden there that he babied, and then carried to the garden he tended at Mallow Place. I would travel to Charlotte almost yearly to visit my nephew and always stopped at the "Colopy Inn"; I was always welcome there, no matter how many visitors were coming through their revolving door. They were popular and made friends feel like family. Bob would be at the door asking, before I even had my coat off, "What are you drinking, babe?" And he would never let you see the bottom of your cocktail glass! The usual adjectives are not enough to do him justice...witty, sensitive, thoughtful, and a steadfast husband, father, and grandfather. I will miss him. stated by others...Happy Hour in Heaven just got oh-so-more fun!

Regin Hickey

30 julio , 2021

Dear Mary and family,

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved Bob.
I have many good memories working with him at Colopy Dale.
May he rest in peace.
Love and prayers, Regina

Joan & Bob McDonald

30 julio , 2021

Bob Colopy was a great, warm and wonderful guy.
Joan and I on our annual trip from Sarasota back up north to Canada, always looked forward to dropping in at the Colopy Inn. Bob would greet us at the door with a glass of white wine for Joan and a red for me. Always with a warm affectionate smile.
I asked Joan what she remembers most about Bob, she said his caring generous manner, his catchy laugh and he always made you feel that you were the most important person in the world when you were talking to him.
The world has lost a kind and gentle soul.
Bob we will miss you dearly.

Chris Cooney

30 julio , 2021

He was simply the best boss, the best mentor and the best person I have ever met. Thank you to Mary and the kids for sharing him all of those years when he was working, travelling the retail road!!!
It will definitely be a happier Happy Hour in Heaven now that he's there!

Steve & Mary Ann Blake

30 julio , 2021

Such a great, great guy. Great husband, great dad, great friend to so, so many people. Such a cool guy with a fantastic, easy demeanor and fantastic sense of humor. He was someone you just wanted to hang around with all the time. Happy hour in heaven just got a big boost and the Torpitt gang is laughing it up! God bless you Bob and well played sir, well played indeed. Steve and Mary Ann Blake

Janice Lone

29 julio , 2021

There was always joy when Mary and Bob showed up. A camera wrapped around his neck and a trained eye to find the gentle moments in time. Uncle Bob always went out of his way to find out about my career and my life. He would say "Tell me everything about what you are doing" He studied my portfolio closely and spent time chatting with me about my art and craft. He made me feel special. This was his amazing generous spirit. I hope you are at Peace Uncle Bob. See you in the Stars .. Love Jan

Joyce West

29 julio , 2021

Bob was such a wonderful, kind, compassionate, funny, loving father, grandfather, uncle, friend. Whatever you were looking for Bob would help you find it.
As a result of our many trips to Pittsburgh to visit Bob, Mary and family, our son has a dog named Crosby, his favourite hockey and football teams are the Pirates, and Penguins.
Every year on our annual trips to Myrtle Beach with our daughter and son, and now our grandchildren we wold make sure we stopped in Pittsburgh and now Charlotte to see the family and share a drink with Bob. Such wonderful memories over the past 46 years.