Passing of Life Member Roger Wayne Copsey
By Mechanicsville Volunteers
February 17, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department announces the passing of Life Member Roger Wayne Copsey. Wayne passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Wayne is survived by his wife Judy Copsey and daughters Amy Copsey and Jenny Connelly. Wayne joined the department in July of 1968 and was an active member until his death. Wayne was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be greatly missed.
Roger “Wayne” Copsey, 69, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on February 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. He was born on July 15, 1951 in Leonardtown, MD and was the son of the late Mary R. and Clements William Copsey. Wayne was the loving husband of Judy Copsey whom he married on February 7, 1976 at Immaculate Conception Church in Mechanicsville, MD.

Wayne is survived by his children Amy Copsey and Jenny (Brian) Connelly, both of Mechanicsville, MD, 5 grandchildren, and siblings Irene Hill of Chaptico, MD, Joyce Alvey of Mechanicsville, MD, Bernice Newton of Mechanicsville, MD, and Elaine Gass of Hollywood, MD. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clements “Dagger” Copsey, Jr.

Wayne was a lifelong St. Mary’s County resident. He graduated from Chopticon High School in 1969. He was the owner and operator of Copsey Seafood and Ice. In 1968, Wayne joined the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and was an active member until his passing. He was a past member of Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Mechanicsville Optimist Club. Wayne was a U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champion in 1982 and 1998. Wayne enjoyed fishing, crabbing, playing cards, turkey and duck hunting, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

The Family will receive friends on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD where a Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 AM with Father Michael Tietjen officiating. Interment will follow at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Helen, MD. Serving as pallbearers will be Milton Copsey, Robert Newton, James Hill, Billy Copsey, Evan Erskine, and Brandon Connelly. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Unkle, Emily Connelly, Joseph Connelly, Jordan Connelly, and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary.

Contributions may be made to Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 37, Mechanicsville, MD 20659


Sam Graves February 22, 2021 at 10:37 AM
A life long friend and classmate, may he rest it peace and may God hold and comfort his family.