Mr. Parzival Copes

January 22, 1924September 8, 2017
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Parzival Copes, Phd, OC – Born 01-22-1924

Parzival Copes passed away peacefully at Broadmead Veteran's Health Center in Victoria on September 8, 2017. He was predeceased by brother Jan and sister Betsy and by his loving wife of 62 years, Dinie. He is survived by his brother Art, his three sons and their wives and his six grandchildren: Raymond Copes of Victoria, his wife Marilyn and their sons Christopher, Kevin and Colin; Michael Copes of Comox, his wife Patti and their daughter Tarynn; and Terrence Copes, his wife Suzanne and their children Alyssa and Nicholas.

Parzi, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, lived a long a productive life.

Born in Nakusp, BC, he moved with his family to Vancouver and then, at the age of nine, to Amsterdam. In his youth he lived through the Nazi occupation of Holland, where he made connection with the Dutch Resistance. He was imprisoned in a forced labour camp until the liberation of Eastern Holland by the advancing Canadian Army, which he was able to join in the field as an Interpreter. He returned to Canada in 1946 as a student in Political Science and Economics at U.B.C. and completed his Doctorate at the London School of Economics. He served as Head of the department of Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and as founding Head of the department of Economics and Commerce at S.F.U., where he was later involved in the foundation of the Center for Canadian Studies and the Institute of Fisheries Analysis.

Acknowledged as a leading expert in the field of Fisheries Economics, he was sought after as a consultant to many national, provincial and state governments as well as international organizations.

His long and prolific work in his chosen field garnered him much recognition and numerous awards across Canada and internationally. Some of these include:

- the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy – 1994 - Distinquished Service Award – Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade – 1996 - Honorary degrees: University of Tromso (1993); Royal Roads University (2011); Memorial University of Newfoundland (2014) - Order of Canada -2005 - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal -2013

Parzi will be deeply missed by his family and the many others who knew him. Thanks go out to the staff of the Broadmead Veteran's Health Center who cared for Parzi in his final days.

A Memorial Service, followed by a Reception, will take place at 2:00 pm at:

First Memorial Services 4725 Falaise Dr., Victoria (Saanich) 250-658-5244

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Arrangements under the direction of First Memorial Funeral Services, Victoria, BC.


  • Funeral Service Friday, October 6, 2017


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December 11, 2017

I was a student of Dr. Copes at SFU. He was an absolute gentleman. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Shiva Nanda
Madbury, NH

Don Reddick

October 24, 2017

I just found out about Dr. Copes' passing.

I am a former graduate student who worked under Dr. Copes. He encouraged me in my interest in fisheries economics, secured a research assistant position for me, and ultimately served on my Master's thesis committee. Most importantly as I look back, he was a wonderful mentor - always approachable, always interested in my work and ideas. I fondly recall a dinner party he held at his home for graduate students. We had a lovely meal, watched slides of his travels, enjoyed his stories, and were captivated by items he had collected from his work around the world. Dr. Copes made a difference in my life, and I am extremely thankful.

Kim Bell

October 12, 2017

Our condolences to all of Parzi's family. But congratulations also: the measure of a life is the memory of its work. Parzi's rich life at least from B.C. to Europe and then to Newfoundland and back to B.C. is something to be celebrated for its contributions to many of us, and to fisheries management, or perhaps a better understanding of fisheries mismanagement, or of governance in general. He will be well, and fondly, remembered.

Rosemary Ommer

October 3, 2017

On behalf of the Coasts Under Stress team, of which Parzi was a member, I would like to express our condolences to his family and friends.
Rosemary Ommer

Alagie Sillah

September 28, 2017

I join the rest to sympathize with the passing away of Mr. Parzival Copes.Hearty condolences to his family and friends.

September 28, 2017

Parzival Copes was an interesting thinker who stuck by his conclusions and argued for them forcefully. He was also a gentleman and a fine person. His passing is a loss to the profession.
Ragnar Arnason (University of Iceland)

Richard and Nancy Johnston

September 27, 2017

Socially and professionally, Parzival Copes was both a scholar and a gentleman. He helped create the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade and, in fact, was largely responsible for its name. He was instrumental in merging market analysis and resource conservation from both research and policy perspectives and his work was highly respected. A kind and generous man, he will be missed. Thank you, Parzi.

Dick Johnston
Corvallis, Oregon

Ola Flaaten

September 27, 2017

I am very sorry to hear that Parzi passed away. We met for the first time in 1981 in Vancouver when I was on sabbatical. He was an excellent and kind mentor. Ever since, we kept in contact and I learned a lot from his knowledge and research in fisheries economics and management, but also enjoyed discussions on societal issues more generally. Parzi and Dinie also paid visits to Tromso. In 1993 he received the Doctor of Philosophy honourable degree at our university, then University of Tromso, for his outstanding contribution to fisheries economics and policy. With deep condolences, Ola Flaaten, UiT - The Arctic University of Tromso.

Neha Qureshi

September 27, 2017

May his soul rest in peace. Hearty condolences to his family and friends.

Christopher Wright

September 27, 2017

Parzival was a wonderful mentor and friend -- I will deeply miss him.