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Dedicated to her dad

Daughter performs in memory of her ultimate role model, who gave his all to community service and to support his children’s activities.

April 24, 2010|By Nicole Charky

After losing her father Matt Copping to a long battle with cancer, Amanda Copping remembers and honors his legacy through dance and volunteer work.

The Burbank resident is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge and a member of the Burbank Chapter of National Charity League with her mother, Patricia, and sister Melissa.

She has a brother, Christopher, and two sisters, Melissa and Kayla. Her entire family, including her father, who died Jan. 5, is active in the Burbank community.

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Amanda Copping will perform four dances in Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Dance Concert today and Sunday; however, this year will be different.

“I always remember his selflessness,” she said. “Last year he took pictures for the dance concert without money or anything just because he liked to do it.”

Matt Copping was a photographer and photographed the school’s dance companies, sports teams and St. Francis’ football team.

In addition, he was the Booster Club president at Flintridge Sacred Heart.

Rita Recker, director of Parish Administration at St. Francis Xavier in Burbank where Matt Copping volunteered, remembers his energy level.

“This year he was still on that football field taking pictures,” Recker said. “His son had graduated from [St. Francis] and he was sick, still out there, and taking pictures. He just kept giving back.”

In the Burbank community, Matt Copping was involved in his two local parishes, St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Francis Xavier, AYSO soccer and Burbank Park and Recreation Minor leagues.

At St. Robert Bellarmine, he was a lector, choir singer, member of the finance committee, finance chairman for the annual festival for several years and coached the baseball team club.

For St. Francis Xavier, he was a member of the finance committee, finance chairman for the Old Tyme Country Faire for several years and created slide shows and videos for school graduation ceremonies. He volunteered in the classrooms and took photos at various events.

Matt and Patricia Copping instilled and promoted giving back to his children, Amanda Copping said.

“Everybody really appreciated what he did,” she said. “He had so many people who liked him. He was a people person, and he volunteered a lot of his time just because he liked doing it. He was really passionate about volunteering, so that inspires me to volunteer like he did.”

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