John Alexander (Jack) Coups
COUPS Unexpectedly and suddenly at University Hospital on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, John Alexander (Jack) Coups passed away. Jack is the loving husband of Nancy Jane (Holmes) of 45 years. Devoted father and doting Poppy of Julie Anne Nyhout, her husband Greg, and their sons William and Derek, of London, Dr. Kathryn Coups Smith and her husband Jeffrey Smith and their children Rebecca and Pierce of London, John Coups and his wife Rhonda Hartleib and their son Ethan of Goderich. Predeceased by his parents Jean and Stanley Coups and his in-laws Marnie and James Holmes all of London. Survived by his sister-in-law Joanne Pettit and her husband Ronald of Sudbury and their children and grandchildren and brother-in-law James Holmes and his wife Joan of London and their children and grandchildren. Jack was a Londoner. Born at home on Westmount Hill on April 21, 1938, Jack was an only child. He was encouraged at a young age to pursue his studies and sports. At 6'4" with red hair, Jack was quite the offensive lineman for South Collegiate where he met his future wife Nancy Jane. Jack received his Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1960. Jack played offensive line for the Mustangs and was proud to be on the team the year that the Stangs were undefeated. Jack was also a loyal member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Jack's career involved human resources management of Somerville Industries and Wolverine Tube before taking the position of Vice President, Human Resources at University Hospital when the hospital opened its doors in 1971 until his retirement. Jack was dedicated to his volunteer work and was on the Board of Directors for the W Club (U.W.O.), C.N.I.B., Rotary, Victim Services and London Community Foundation. Jack and Nancy Jane were both heavily involved in their church St. John's. Jack has a huge circle of friends and especially enjoyed his weekly lunch with his buddies at the Ceeps. Jack loved to fish at the Key River, golf at Sunningdale, travel the world with Nancy Jane, and most of all be with his children and grandchildren, especially at the family cottage in Grand Bend. Friends may call on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James Street at Wellington on Friday, May 26 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contribution to Merrymount Children's Centre, 1064 Colborne Street, London, Ontario N6A 4B3 will be greatly appreciated.
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