This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Martin Copson, 50 years old, born on April 16, 1970, and passed away on March 25, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Mark Fussey on April 14, 2021
Was both shocked and saddened to learn of Martin's passing my condolences go out to Emma and his family
He will be sorely missed but not forgotten
I will always recall his sense of humour his professionalism and the late nights with a pint of Guinness sat in ahotel in central Belfast after being locked out for the 4th time
RIP my friend
Posted by Steven Meert on April 14, 2021
I’ve just seen these messages of condolence now and am shocked to hear Martin has passed on. We were great mates at William Hulme and spent many great days on our BMX bikes in Manchester and Anglesey.
I’d been looking forward to seeing Martin again one day and reminiscing.

God Bless you Martin / RIP
Posted by Elaine Hastings on April 13, 2021
Rest in peace Martin, gone far too soon. Love and condolences from Elaine and Pete xxxx
Posted by Terry Newby on April 12, 2021
Farewell Martin - one of the good guys. You did a great project at SIHI Pumps in (about) 1988 introducing CAD to our 2 draughtsmen. I remember thinking it would not be easy when one of them said, at the very first project meeting, "Over my dead body!" By the end of the project you had won him round and he thought it was the best thing that could have happened to him.
My very best wishes to Emma. Terry Newby
Posted by lisa savage on April 12, 2021
I worked with Martin through SPP Pumps, not only in Manchester but more recently from Dubai, Martin was always a very polite calm person I enjoyed working with him.

He will be missed by so many, my thoughts are with you all and I hope you can one day smile again at the memories you all shared together.

Sending you all my thoughts and love.
Posted by Mirza Qiadath on April 10, 2021
I had heard of Martin Copson first when I came to the UK back in 2009 but never got to meet him in person until he took charge of the Middle East operation in 2015. It was an absolute delight though I got to work with him for a very short time. He was a great person at heart and gave me a lot of support in my work.

His health started deteriorating when I had moved out of Dubai about 4 years back and could not stay in touch but always had the belief that he was on his road to recovery.

When I heard the news about his demise, I was shocked and equally sad.

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
"Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return." The Holy Quran 2:156

My prayers and condolences are with Emma and the kids and hope they get the patience to go through with this difficult situation.

He will forever be missed!
Posted by allan milne on April 9, 2021
Glad to have known Martin for around 25years and had some great times together in work and also following MCFC in Manchester and around the UK in the early 1990s. One game stands out when we beat Arsenal around 9 years ago we won 3-0 against but we missed all 3 goals as we were in the bar for 2 and went home early for the third. (well to town for more beer) He will be sadly missed by all that knew him RIP
Posted by Marie Chivers on April 9, 2021
Thinking of you all today. I always remember how full of love and laughter your wedding day was with the children at the centre of everything. It sounds like you lived and loved every moment you had together and that’s really special. Love to you all xxxx
Posted by Haidee Camacho on April 8, 2021
Farewell to a friend, my boss.. Martin

Today, we said our farewell to you, Martin... I didn’t have the courage to say this on your memorial service... I’ll just share here...

My sincere condolences and prayers to Emma, Meghan, Oliver and Harry. Martin was not only my boss but like a family to me. He understood what it felt like when my children were sick and needed for me to stay at home. Whenever I ask something for my family he will easily say yes, asked me if my children and family are doing well and tried the best he could to help me.

When I went to the UK he supported me a lot, and was even surprised coz he asked me: What about dinner, will you eat salmon? So he was looking at my IG posts and noticed I only post salmon every time I eat outside. Numerous times you defended me from nasty emails to absurd phone calls. Small things like that I appreciated it. He cared for us, he cared for our families.

Your humor was impeccable. I told you I was struggling with my laptop and have restarted many times and you said: you’ll have to talk to it.. and it worked! I just happen to know today from Emma that what he meant was talk to IT and not it! Then when I told you I think I am starting to talk like in a Coleford accent you said: Oh no Haidee don’t get a Coleford accent I would much prefer you had a more Manchester accent like me ! The comfort you have given me when I was alone for the trip in the UK was unforgettable.

Thank you for the sincere friendship, thank you for the trust, thank you for the respect, thank you for the countless times you supported me. I will never forget you, Martin, you will be forever missed by many especially your friends and family. May your soul Rest In Eternal Peace .
Posted by Susan Statham on April 8, 2021
Oh were a legend. A gentleman and a true BFF to my big brother, a guy he could always depend on. You two were the true definition of friendship...brothers through thick and thin. I remember your green mini, you and the crew turning up to my 18th after the pub and a vague recollection of you shuffling your feet across the dancefloor to the 'Roses' I think. You were the Ant to his Dec, the Morecambe to his Wise or has he pointed recently "Statler to his Waldorf from the muppets...two grumpy b***ards moaning all time!!" Sleep well Cops. Sending lots of love to Emma, Oliver, Harry and Megan xxxxx
Posted by Yvonne Southward on April 8, 2021
"There is a light that never goes out"
Love you Cop, happiest times & memories will last forever. Rest now xxx
Posted by Elaine Howard on April 7, 2021
We have many happy memories of time spent with Martin and the rest of the Copson family - barbeques, City tour and our amazing trip to Dubai for Christmas in 2016. We'll always remember you Martin, your kindness, generosity, sense of humour, love of your family and of Manchester City. Rest in peace. Much love, Elaine, Jonny, Barney, Max and Sasha xxx
Posted by Zoe Gm on April 7, 2021
Hazy, happy memories of times I socialised with you, Emma and other friends - shows that the times were good.!
RIP Martin and much love to Emma, your boys and families
Posted by Keren Bobker on April 7, 2021
Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to meet good people, and Martin was one of them. A genuinely nice, hospitable and friendly guy and the world is certainly worse off without him here.
We shared a few laughs, some chats, some beers, and the odd cheeky cigarette, and we are so sorry that we were unable to meet over the past year.
Our love remains with Emma, Oliver and Harry.
Martin will be missed by many people.
Keren & Simon xxx

"No one is actually gone until the ripples they cause in the world die away..."
Posted by James Young on April 7, 2021
Will get you a pint of Merrydown in The Sally in the sky, Cop. So sad to hear you're gone, and thinking of Emma and the boys.
Posted by Eric Asamoa on April 6, 2021
I was terrible shocked to hear of Martin passing. I just can’t believe he’s gone. Martin (Coppo) and I studied at Manchester Metropolitan together. Martin is a great friend to remember and a friend I will miss so much. I think about all the laughter and the good times at Manchester. Nights out and our late night visits to curry houses in Rusholme after night outs. In fact Martin took me to my first football match at Main Road when his beloved Man City use to play there.
He was kind, down to earth and very easy going. Even though he’s gone, his memory still remains in our hearts. His smile and face will never fade.

Emma my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your children.

Rest in perfect peace my friend.
Posted by Tim Young on April 6, 2021
I was truly shocked to hear of Martin's passing. I thought he would go on forever.
I wasn't sure what to expect when he and Emma first arrived at the SPP office in Dubai, fresh off the plane from sunny Manchester, but it took no time at all for me to realise that everything was going to be OK and we were in good hands.
From his 'calm under a crisis' exterior, through his sense of humour, to his full support as a manager, Martin was one of life's good people. Our thoughts are with you Emma and the children.
Posted by Andrew Warrington on April 5, 2021
Emma, very sorry to hear this news about Martin. He will I am sure be missed terribly by you and the family. I have great memories from when he was a young man working at SIHI UK in Bridgewater Rd with you and the others. That was quite the crew. Although I never really was one of the younger gang (even though I was pretty young!) I can imagine it was a great atmosphere. He was truly indispensable at work and I know he went on to bigger and better things after he left SIHI. He was way too young. My best wishes to you and your family and you have the comfort of all your memories together. Cheers, Andrew
Posted by mark Townrow on April 5, 2021
Not easy to put the loss of Martin into words really. He's the reason I joined SPP because I felt I liked him and could trust him, trust being a key component for a Nottingham lad, he never did anything to change my mind on that.
Someone to enjoy or bemoan the daily toils of working and everyday life with. Supported me through difficult times with my own son which will never be forgotten or underestimated and my heart goes out to Emma, Ollie and Harry.
Your Dad may be gone, and we hope to a better place, but I am sure you will make sure he is never forgotten.
Posted by Mark Firth on April 4, 2021
We only worked together for a few months at SPP Pumps Hyde. A fellow City fan with a great sense of humour.

Condolences to all family and friends.

Hope City do the quadruple for you Martin RIP.
Posted by Lisanne Beetson on April 3, 2021
There is a light and it never goes out.... Probably the song that reminds me most of you Cop, and quite apt now. You definitely brought a light to so many people 's lives that they will never forget. We were only teenagers when we met, a similar age to Harry! We were naughty - in a good way drinking underage under canal bridges which progressed to the Pelican, The Tap and later to the dizziness of the Manchester scene at the Ritz on a Monday night, The Venue(I think thats what it was called ?!) on a Tuesday, Banshee on a Thursday, smattering of Hacienda on indie nights and a gig or 2 at one of the International 's or Boardwalk at the weekend. Happy, happy days filled with so many fantastic memories. The Smiths and New Model Army blasting out in either yours or my pea green mini was inevitable, with far too many people squeezed in the back on most occasions It seems like yesterday! You took me to City games and we drank in Yates ' wine Lodge on Saturday mornings before I went to work! I stayed at yours in the spare room if we were out clubbing in the week because I wasn't allowed to stay out late (which is where most of my homemade ear piercing took place!? ) We never lost touch, you found your absolute soul mate in Emma and adored your beautiful family - Megan, Oliver and Harry. I wish I had managed to visit you all in Dubai, I am jealous my mum and dad got to spend such a fantastic time with you last year and I wasn't there - but that was you all over. You hadn't seen my parents for about 20 years but still took the time out to welcome them to your home and look after them. Love you Cop ❤️I can't believe I will never hear your voice saying 'alright Parz' again xxx
Posted by Alex Varghese on April 3, 2021
My deepest sympathy for this kind hearted soul, Martin.

Words cannot describe how much of a lovely person Martin was. I enjoyed working with him throughout a hand full of memories and reminiscence. He was an open minded, benevolent human and one of the best managers I’ve ever had. Being so simple, He would never accept being called ‘Sir’ instead wanted to always be addressed as Martin. 

And as Leo Buscaglia once said, 

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” 

My heart goes out to each and every one in this family. May God Bless them and ease this painful period by guiding them with abundant strength and courage. May he lead you on to your future under his wings through rightful paths.

R.I.P Dear Martin ❤ ,
Sending Love Alex & Family.
Posted by Stephen Gorman on April 3, 2021
RIP Coppo Martin Copson Another mate gone too soon. Met him, Muggy , Foss, Pete and Grizz thanks to James Young. Will always fondly remember the glory days at The Salutation and Maine Rd where you played a big part introducing me to MCFC and of course the times when we met up again following my move back to Belfast. Big love to Emma Copson and the boys from us all
Posted by Kevin Southgate on April 2, 2021
Martin was one of the loveliest men I have ever had the privilege to meet. I cannot remember Uni without thinking of him bombing around the streets in his little mini with sometimes four of us as passengers (pre health and safety of course).

There are so many amazing memories of him, that I couldn’t possibly list them all. He was the most loyal friend you could ever hope for and would do anything for anyone. He did have the smelliest feet I had ever known, but his personality filled the house with much more than an aroma of rotting veg. He loved a drink, but didn’t we all and there was nothing better than finishing a night out with a curry in Rusholme. I’ll never forget the time he tried to prove his manliness by ordering the hottest curry on the menu. He went so red, I was surprised he didn’t spontaneously combust.

I was so pleased that Martin came to my wedding, even though we hadn’t seen each other for years. It was so nice to see how happy he was with his lovely wife Emma and reminisce over copious amounts of alcohol (just like the early nineties).

I was so pleased to hear he had found a happy life in Dubai with his family, I only wish I had the opportunity to get over there to visit them.

Our recent contact was usually about the meeting of his beloved City and my team Liverpool, with Martin claiming bragging rights, unlike the occasions standing together in the Kippax.

I cannot believe I will not share a beer and all the old stories with Martin again. He was one of those friend that even though you follow different paths for years, the second you meet, it’s like you’ve never been apart. I always assumed that would happen again. My thoughts and prayers go to his lovely family.

I am really going to miss you Martin, you were one of a kind. Rest in peace mate and hope to see you on the other side for that beer.

Kevin (or as Martin always called me.... Chirpy) The Southern Softy of Rusholme!
Posted by Lee Connor on April 1, 2021
Sending my deepest condolences.

I worked with Martin at SPP for a year. A great man , and so funny. I can still hear his accent bless him.

I'm no city fan but let's hope they win every single trophy for Martin.!! Cmon PEP!!!

All my love to the family at this difficult time

Lots of love xx Lee Connor
Posted by Simon Ashman on April 1, 2021
So, so, sad to hear of the recent passing of my old pal Coppo.. Martin Copson. 

We were pals throughout our time at William Hulme’s Grammar School, spending loads of tine fishing, listening to The Smiths, generally getting up to no good, and later many a good night in the Temple and the Pelican ( Coppo fully pierced my ear with a safety pin on one particularly messy night in the Pelican !! )  
Jackie and John always made me feel welcome in their family and I was lucky to share a couple of holidays with them. I managed to find a few old photos of a holiday to Cornwall with Andrew Booth (Beefy) ..must have been around 1986???
After finishing school we drifted in different directions, and for many years lost touch! I was always sad that happened, and regardless of exchanging messages in recent years, never managed to get another ale together! Coppo was a cracking lad and a good mate back then, and reading recent comments and tributes to him, it looks like he was a good man, and good friend to many!
My thoughts are with Emma and family, and to all others who’s lives Coppo touched!
Rest easy fella ❤️
Posted by RAVIKUMAR KUNNAMBATH on April 1, 2021
Heartfelt Condolence

Martin was a fantastic boss.

My deepest sympathies are with you and family Emma. I am praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by nilesh gaidhani on April 1, 2021
We are all still reeling from the shock and sadness of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Martin.

I Have been working with Martin from last few Years in SPP.

I offer my condolences and best wishes to your family in the toughest of times.

Posted by Craig Estherby on March 31, 2021
I really can’t believe the news that has filtered through that we have lost my oldest friend Martin Copson to the great gig in the sky .

Born 19 days apart, from the time we could crawl brought up more like brothers than friends across the road from each other and at Park Road Primary School. Our parents said the pair of us just dealt in mischief from the very start.

Football and cricket in the back gardens and in the days when you could play in the road. Being told not to play with darts and then coming up with a game to throw them from one end of the garden to one another, only to end up with one embedded in my foot!

Camping in the back garden, only so we could sneak over the fence at midnight to go night fishing by the canal bridge in Timperley, before the days of being told of weirdos.

Holidays in Anglesey, Cornwall and at his Grans in Worcester to name a few.
The teenage years when the music took over, The Human League Dare album, then introducing me to The Smiths with Meat is Murder, which is still a regular on the turntable, New Order and Bowie. The early gig days at The International and The International 2, drinking and smoking in basement cellars listening to tapes all night.

Football took us in different directions, Blue and Red and although hard to say this, I'm glad you witnessed so much success over the last 10 years!

Having left Manchester in 91 and loosing contact for 10 years or more, only to make contact again. Unfortunately I don’t have any childhood pictures, but hoping some of my family has a few of us from the time, which if found will be posted.

My deepest condolences to Emma, Harry and Ollie. If you need anything please ask.

Sleep well my friend ❤ RIP.
Posted by Mary Jane Ibanez on March 29, 2021
Sir Martin, a kind and lovely person, my superb boss. You will be missed by everyone who knows you... Ollie and Harry will always be proud of you.
Posted by Tausif Mohamed on March 29, 2021
'Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return.''

إِنَّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّ إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ‎
Posted by Hamdi Sbiai on March 29, 2021
I was so sad to hear of your loss. My condolences
Posted by Colin Maguire on March 28, 2021
Coppo...I am at a loss to describe my feelings.I could not have wished for a better friend or chosen a better Godfather for Liam.My deepest condolences,thoughts and love are with Emma,Megan,Oliver and Harry.I will never forget our friendship and you will live on in my memory...
Until the day we meet again matey.

Posted by Matthew O’Leary on March 28, 2021
Martin was a great guy, both a friend & a colleague and will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emma & the Family. R.I.P Martin - love Matt O’Leary & Family.
Posted by Ben Taylor on March 27, 2021
A great guy gone far to soon, this man introduced me to Guinness and Port and laughed at my inability to handle it, turned up at my stag doo despite his ill health sending me a message the day before saying he wouldn't miss it for anything. I'll miss walking in the office on a sunday morning and having our weekly chats about the football results the day before but none better than the day the boro put 2 past you! You were a top guy Martin and a great family man, my love to Emma, Ollie and Harry, Rest in Peace, find that Blue Moon my friend!
Posted by Helen Nicholson on March 27, 2021
Martin you were such a Lovely person who will be missed by everyone you met and touched their Hearts including us, Rest in peace that Emma, Oliver,Harry & Megan will be looked after by so many friends you have, Love Jimmy & Helen ❤
Posted by Jimmy Cunningham on March 27, 2021
Cracking guy, will miss our wee meetings in The JA Club

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Posted by Mark Fussey on April 14, 2021
Was both shocked and saddened to learn of Martin's passing my condolences go out to Emma and his family
He will be sorely missed but not forgotten
I will always recall his sense of humour his professionalism and the late nights with a pint of Guinness sat in ahotel in central Belfast after being locked out for the 4th time
RIP my friend
Posted by Steven Meert on April 14, 2021
I’ve just seen these messages of condolence now and am shocked to hear Martin has passed on. We were great mates at William Hulme and spent many great days on our BMX bikes in Manchester and Anglesey.
I’d been looking forward to seeing Martin again one day and reminiscing.

God Bless you Martin / RIP
Posted by Elaine Hastings on April 13, 2021
Rest in peace Martin, gone far too soon. Love and condolences from Elaine and Pete xxxx
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Shared by Shakeel Mohammed on March 29, 2021
I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Martin. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.