David Read Copeland

August 19, 1939 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old


David Read Copeland, 83 of Peterborough, NH passed away peacefully, and in the loving presence of his wife, on July 29, 2023 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.  He was born in New Haven, CT on August 19, 1939, the son of John A. Sr. and Marion (Read) Copeland.

Raised in Hamden, Connecticut, graduated from Hamden High School, he attended Penn State to study forestry. He moved his family to Hampstead, NH where he was very involved in the community and resided for 52 years.

David’s lifelong career was in Transportation. He worked on the railroad, operated trucking terminals, drove both tractor trailers and motorcoaches.

David, a kind, gentle, quiet man loved his family, the outdoors; hiking, camping, nature, working in the yard, and all things railroad. He was creative and appreciated the arts both music and theater. He enjoyed travelling; adventuring by car and train both domestic and abroad. He was especially fond of the Waffle House, Dairy Queen and his Red truck.

In addition to his wife, Diane (Plasse) Copeland, he was preceded in death by his first wife Karen J. Copeland and youngest daughter Shelby Evans. David is survived by two daughters Kelly (Scott) Renaud; Tracy Copeland, brother John A. Jr (Jane) Copeland and five grandchildren; Taylor and Jacob Renaud; Mackenzie, Chandler, Sam Evans.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 26th at 11am, luncheon to follow at the Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main Street, Hampstead, NH.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.


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Memorial Service
August 26, 2023

11:00 AM
Hampstead Congregational Church
61 Main Street
Hampstead, NH 03841


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