Obituary of Frank Joseph Kopfer
Frank was a family man who never let the grass grow under his feet. Dedicated to his wife of 53 years, he and Judy had three daughters. This meant that he always had to have a male dog in the house for strength in numbers in any debate. Frank had a successful career, first in the Navy, where he once had the honor of escorting the Queen of England, and then as CFO for Gaymar Industries. He accepted the latter position as a gamble, the business was rather new, yet he had no problem helping the company grow. After his many working years he enjoyed an active retirement. Frank volunteered for Hunters Hope for about 10 years, was a member of the HOA for his community, served on the East Aurora Town Board, and is a Past President for the Wanakah Country Club. His position at Wanakah may have been linked to his two holes-in-one but who’s to say.
A frustrated Buffalo Bill’s fan (and Buffalo sports fan in general), Frank tried to regain his pride in sports with the Yankees. When he wasn’t taking care of his family, work obligations, and sports fanning, Frank enjoyed the simple things in life like telling stories from his Navy days, making Vince Lombardi trophies, plowing through 2-3 history themed books a month, and enjoying a nice Manhattan.
Please take some time to reflect on Frank’s life and all that he meant to you.
Kopfer, Frank J. on July 27, 2018 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband of Judy M. (nee Klay); loving father of Kimberly M. (Peter) Augustine, Julie M. Kopfer, and Laura A. (Steve) Kahlfeldt; dearest grandfather of Matthew, Katheryn, Jack Augustine, Megan, and Ellyn Kahlfeldt; and dear brother of Paul and the late Jack Kopfer. Friends will be received 4-8 PM, Monday, July 30, at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4199 Lake Shore Rd., Hamburg (Crnr Rte 5 & Camp Rds) 716-627-2919. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 AM, Tuesday, July 31, at St. Mary of the Lake Church, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo or the SPCA of WNY, in his memory. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.