Ernest (Ernie) Edward Copper was born on December 31, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He enlisted in December 1941 with Lord Strathcona’s Horse and served in the Italian Campaign, seeing action in Ortona and Cassino. While serving in Rimini on September 23, 1944, he was severely wounded when his tank was hit by multiple shells, resulting in the loss of his left leg.
After Mr. Copper returned to Canada, he worked for Trans-Canada Airlines, which would later become Air Canada. He was adamant about never letting his amputation hold him back, including pursuing his passion for the outdoors. In his spare time, he enjoyed hobbies such as fishing and exploring trails, rivers and lakes in his home province of Manitoba.
Mr. Copper became an active member of The War Amps Manitoba Branch after his war service, holding the positions of:
- National Director, Manitoba Branch
- President, Manitoba Branch
He was heavily involved with the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and, for his dedication, was awarded the Honorary CHAMP Membership from the Association.
Mr. Copper passed away on November 20, 2019.
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