Copp, Lillian

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                                LILLIAN COPP & DR. WILLIAM PRINCE
                                 Honoured as Outstanding Citizens
                                       By Margery MacRae


On Dec. 30 the town of Newcastle honoured two of its well-known citizens. Lillian Copp and Dr. William Prince were honoured with outstanding citizen awards.

Following are short biographies of Copp and Prince.

Lillian Copp is revered by many whose lives she has touched. She attended the community school and then St. Mary’s Academy in Newcastle. Later she enrolled in the School of Nursing at Miramichi Hospital, and upon graduation, went for further training at the Montreal General. She returned to the Miramichi Hospital to work as an X-ray Technician.

All her life Copp has practised her Christian beliefs. Copp has practised the golden rule of neighbourliness, and is always present when illness or sadness strikes. She has used her talents to bring happiness to others.

It was Copp who first organized volunteer blood donor clinics and supervised the project back in 1940 in Newcastle.

From 1935-1959, Lillian was an office nurse for Dr. Bell, first in Newcastle and then in Fredericton. After the death of Dr. Bell, Lillian went to work at UNB where she became the director of student health services from 1965-1977, and where she established the campus’ first infirmary.

She ended this career when she was called home to nurse her aged and sick mother. Seven years later upon the death of her mom, she moved into an apartment in Newcastle.

Copp never lost interest in nature, and was manager of the Miramichi Fish & game Club Ltd. from 1959 to 1977. When supplies were needed for the camps, one would see an old jeep bouncing over the rutted roads with Miss Lil behind the wheel.

Copp’s busy endeavours for others kept her from travelling abroad. However in 1992, she visited her beloved Scotland. In the summer of 1994, Lillian at the age of 85, took a trip North to Yukon and Alaska and a cruise down the inside passage.

In her spare time, Copp was a community volunteer. In years past, the crippled children of the Rotary Camp at Grand Lake enjoyed her attention.

The staff of both the Fredericton and Miramichi Hospitals gratefully acknowledged her many kind and helpful deeds over the years.

Her active participation in the United Church in Newcastle and Trout Brook is gratefully acknowledged. Her benevolent acts of kindness to Rev. and Mrs. Hoddinott in their ill health were well noted by friends and the members of the congregation.

As a member of the Miramichi Kidney Foundation, Copp showed great compassion for the many Miramichiers suffering from kidney disease. As chairperson of the patient services, she often found time to visit the patients and their families and offer words of encouragement.


Prince, a veteran of World War Two, moved to Newcastle from Moncton in 1949 to establish one of the most endaring and most professional optometry services on the Miramichi. He has been active in the N.B. Association of Optometrists including service as president of the association.

Prince continued to serve Canada as a member of the Militia, Second Battalion, Royal New Brunswick Regiment (North Shore) from the early 1950s until the mid ‘60s. During this time, he received promotions to the rank of major.

Upon moving to the Miramichi, he became active in the Newcastle United Church and served as Sunday School Superintendent for 25 years. Over the years, he has also served as church treasurer, as an elder and as a member of the Committee of Stewarts.

Prince served as a trustee on the Board of Trustees of Miramichi Hospital for more than 25 years during which time he also served several years as chair. He served many years as a volunteer, and a member of both the Newcastle and the Miramichi Branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses during which time he served terms as local and provincial board president. He also served as fundraising chair for the Arthritis Society recently.

He has been a long-serving member of the Newcastle Rotary Club and has been a valuable participant in large projects over the years including student exchanges from other countries, hospital equipment purchases, and support and promotion of the famous Folk Song Festival.

While serving as a member of the Newcastle Board of Trade, Prince was a vocal and effective proponent for the completion of the Plaster Rock – Renous highway.

He continues to serve as an active member of the NBA. He has offered his talents and has been accepted by both family and community as a leader worthy of full confidence – a recognition seldom obtained.


Source: Miramichi Leader – January 10, 1995

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