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Obituary Notice – Adam R. Cope

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CHEEKTOWAGA:  Adam R. Cope, 37, of Mayfair Court, Cheektowaga, died Sunday, January 1st, 2023 as the result of a motor vehicle accident, at the Erie County Medical Center.  He was born in Dunkirk on April 28, 1985, the son of Renee (Andrew) Hartloff-Kohler, of Forestville and Michael (Kerry) Cope, of Fredonia.

  He graduated from Baran Institute of Technology in Connecticut and worked as a Pipe Fitter for U.A. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local #22, West Seneca, for 3 years.  Adam previously worked for Gowanda Harley Davidson, R.L. Hartloff Building Movers, Cope Builders, Dunkirk Specialty Metals and the Village of Fredonia DPW.

  He was a member of Zoar Valley H.O.G., was an organ donor and a former member of Hanover Hose Co. #1 as an interior firefighter.  Adam loved his video games, playing Pokemon cards with his son, racing dirt bikes, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling & hunting.

  Besides his parents he is survived by a son, Gage Cope, of Fredonia; a brother, Eric (Mandy Becker) Cope, of Blasdell; two sisters, Bethany (Jackson) Bennett, of Westin, FL; Brittany (Nathan Mekus) Cope, of Cheektowaga.  Also surviving are his paternal grandmother Irene Cope of Fredonia, a niece & nephew Frances & Oliver Cope, godfather Robert Hartloff, Jr. and uncles, aunts & cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Robert L. & Darlene (Harrison) Hartloff, Sr., his paternal grandfather Walter Cope and a brother Alex S. Cope.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville this evening from 7-9 PM and Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Pollock, pastor of Gage Chapel Community Church, Smith Mills, officiating.  Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, Town of Hanover.

  The family suggests memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226.  To post condolences or memories go to


1 Comment

  • William Ferneza
    Posted January 5, 2023 at 5:51 am

    Our condolences to your family.
    Paula and William Ferneza

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