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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Alvin Maynard Coplan

May 28, 1938November 1, 2019

Alvin “Al” Maynard Coplan, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 1st, 2019 with family by his side. Al was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Philip and Susanne Coplan. Al was a devoted father, husband, brother, friend and a successful businessman who thrived at work until the end. He lived life to the fullest and was a work-out enthusiast at the Ponte Vedra Club and Epping Forest, inspirational mentor, passionate traveler, hobbyist joke teller and gourmet foodie. He even has a family estate grown wine named after him: Coplan Vineyards’ The Chairman.

Al is survived by his three adoring children with Marcia Jawitz: Carole Coplan, Susan Coplan Bonesz and Lisa Coplan Gardner (Darin, husband). His grandchildren are Melanie Bonesz, Austin and Harper Gardner. He is survived by his wife Meade Marston Coplan, her children Ivich Neuville (David) and Jean Paul Montoya (Anna), as well as her grandchildren. His sisters are Micki Green and Rita Chiappetta (Jerry). Al’s nieces and nephews are Alan Goldman, Audrey Goldman (Irwin), Stephen Goldman (Jackie), Lori Fagan Burman (David), Marc Fagan (Melissa), as well as their children: Jacob, Joshua, Andrew, Alec, Evan, Jacob and Tinsley. Al is also survived by an extended family throughout the U.S.

A celebration of Al’s life was held at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn and he is buried at New Center Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

  • FAMILY

  • Al is survived by his three adoring children with Marcia Jawitz: Carole Coplan, Susan Coplan Bonesz and Lisa Coplan Gardner (Darin, husband). His grandchildren are Melanie Bonesz, Austin and Harper Gardner. He is survived by his wife Meade Marston Coplan, her children Ivich Neuville (David) and Jean Paul Montoya (Anna), as well as her grandchildren. His sisters are Micki Green and Rita Chiappetta (Jerry). Al’s nieces and nephews are Alan Goldman, Audrey Goldman (Irwin), Stephen Goldman (Jackie), Lori Fagan Burman (David), Marc Fagan (Melissa), as well as their children: Jacob, Joshua, Andrew, Alec, Evan, Jacob and Tinsley. Al is also survived by an extended family throughout the U.S.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, November 4, 2019

Memories

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Doug Henning

November 10, 2019

I was sad to read Al's obit in today's paper. I first met him soon after I moved to the area 32 years ago and was at that time a computer consultant. He invited me to his offices on University where I set up a system to be used to track advertising for his Arabic newspaper. I learned a lot from him as somebody new to area about Jacksonville and about how things worked. He was generous to me although he did pay me sometimes with tickets and other tangible things he received as part of his company. I would run into him later at various events around the area and he always asked about my family. May he rest in peace.

George Martin

November 3, 2019

Al Coplan was a great man who could see things for what they are and could position himself to be on the positive side of reality by making things work better.
He had a heart attack at an early age and adjusted his life to be healthy by exercising regularly and by starting all conversations with a great joke. So he became strong, cool and lived a healthy life. My wife Judy and I attended many great dinners with Al and Meade and we drank a lot of great wines which we all enjoyed. We also traveled together many times in Europe.
It has been my pleasure to have had a friendship with this unique and wonderful person. I will miss him greatly!!

Richard Smith

November 3, 2019

I first met Al on a trip to Italy with a group of fellow members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, and had the pleasure of being with him on many subsequent trips to France and Spain.. We shared a mutual love of fine dining and great wines, and over the years visited together both in Jacksonville and Atlanta. He always was ready with a joke or funny story, and I looked forward to seeing him and Meade any chance we could. A generous, humble man, very successful in life, but always approachable and thinking of others. I will miss his conviviality, and great joy in life, and the his relationship, with Meade was a pleasure to observe. They obviously loved each other very much.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY