2017-05-16 / Obituaries

Eileen Lee Copland

FISHKILL – Eileen Lee Copland, a Fishkill resident since 1995, died on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh. She was 76.

Daughter of the late Herbert and Louise (Richards) Robinson, she was born on April 7, 1941, in Schenectady, NY. She remained in Schenectady through her youth, and graduated from Draper High School, where she became head majorette in the school marching band. Eileen earned a bachelor degree from Syracuse University, where she was a member of the National Honors Society and Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was influential in the implementation of the college’s marching band.

In 1967, she moved to White Plains, where she resided until moving to Carmel in 1974, where she remained for 21 years. Eileen worked for New York Telephone, Pacific Northwest Bell, and later as a receptionist for Dr. Block & Dr. Simmons in Carmel; lastly for The Therapy Center in Brewster, where she retired in 2013. She actively volunteered for several fire companies including the Carmel Fire Department Auxiliary, Putnam County Auxiliary, and the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Auxiliary.

Eileen is survived by two daughters: Michelle Copland & her husband John Garufi, and Erin Copland, both of Massachusetts; her grandchildren, Maya, Sam, Dominic, Kira, and Finn; her sister, Marjorie Robinson of Berne, NY; and her lifelong friend & former husband, John Copland of Cobleskill, NY.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Church Farm School, Development Office, 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341; www.gocfs.net or the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, c/o Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550; www.hospiceoforange.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. For online tributes, please visit www.mchoulfuneralhome.com

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