Carmel COPE

5/05/50 ~ 14/12/22

Dearly loved wife and best friend of Rob.

Loved mother of Matt and Simon and mother-in-law to Janine and Carly.

Adored and caring Nan of Eleanor, Neve, Hugo and Luella.

Sadly missed and forever in our hearts



Funeral Notice

ServiceDecember 21, 2022 - 10:00 am271 Raglan Parade Warrnambool, VIC Venue: Eastern Park

Family and friends of CARMEL are invited to attend a Funeral Service at the Eastern Park Chapel, 271 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool on WEDNESDAY (December 21) commencing at 10.00am. The cortège will leave at the conclusion of the Service for the Tooram Memorial Park Cemetery. See webpage for livestream access or to leave tributes and condolences.


  1. A lovely lady who volunteered at the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre, I remember her talking proudly about her family, and how very much she loved her grandchildren. A sad loss for all.

    Rachel Edwards August 2, 2023
  2. Carmel you were a big part of my life, starting school in Prep with me and finishing together in year 12, then moving onto teachers college where you and we (the girls)met Rob. So many great times. Even though we went our different ways and were apart due to distance, whenever we saw each other you were always the same friendly, interested and ready to chat and have a laugh. You were a beautiful caring, loving and nurturing person.
    Our condolences to Rob and family and may you Rest In Peace.
    Zita and John

    Zita Frazer December 21, 2022
  3. Sending lots of love to Rob, Matt, Simon and families on Carmel’s passing. Carmel was a much loved and respected Robert Street neighbour to the McIver family for nearly 40 years. Her cheerful smile, friendly hello and bubbly personality will be greatly missed. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Love Ina, Brian (dec), Kerryn, Vikki and Rod and families.

    Kerryn McIver December 21, 2022
  4. It was an privilege to be Carmel’s colleague at Jamo.
    Condolences to Rob & family.

    Gina Mills December 21, 2022
  5. To Rob, Matt, Simon and your families.

    So sad to hear of Carmel’s passing. Such a wonderful warm human being that will be very much missed by all of us.

    Rest In Peace Carmel.

    Brendan and Lisa Fitzgerald and our family, James and Mon, Lucy and Trent, and Molly Fitzgerald

    Brendan Fitzgerald December 21, 2022
  6. Rob, Matt Simon, Janine, Carly, Eleanor, Neve, Hugo and Luella.

    Words are not enough to express our sadness on the passing of the vivacious and loving Carm. She adored you all and watched with love as you went about your lives.
    We will miss catching up with her
    and sharing family news.
    Our thoughts and love are with you all.
    Kaye and Trev Cleveland.

    Kaye Cleveland December 21, 2022
  7. Dear Rob, Matthew, Simon and families. Our deepest condolences. Carmel was a wonderful person. We didn’t get to see her much but she always lit up the room, was so welcoming and a joy to be around.
    Love Corey and Alison McCarthy

    Corey McCarthy December 21, 2022
  8. So sorry to hear of Carmels passing. Sending love and sympathy to Rob and family.
    Diane (Forrester) and Glenn Ryan

    Diane Ryan December 21, 2022
  9. Sending love and sympathy to all of Carmel’s family. A talented and caring teacher to the Watson kids in our family. Carmel always asked about them even though so many years had passed since they were in her class. Margaret Eagles, Julie Eagles and Bruce Campbell, Deb Eagles and Wayne Ralston, Lucinda, Ollie and Des Watson.

    Julie Eagles December 21, 2022
  10. Carmel,you were a special cousin that was caring,loving and a great personality. Condolences to Rob,Matt,Simon and their families. Frank and Dawn Gould.

    Frank Gould December 20, 2022
  11. Carmel Maree Cope (nee Fitzgerald)
    05/05/1950 – 14/12/2022

    Beloved eldest child of Gert (nee Murrihy) and Kevin Fitzgerald (both deceased).

    Much loved sister of Des, Terry (dec), Maureen, Helen and Kevin.

    Rest in Peace Carm.

    Maureen Fitzgerald December 20, 2022
  12. Carmel.
    Through you personal values and
    caring nature you earned our love and respect. Admired by so many you made the world a much better place. So sad that you have left us so soon. You will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to Rob Matt and Simon.

    Tom Coral Tanya & Garth Leah Scott (dec) and Greg Fitzgerald

    Tom Fitzgerald December 20, 2022
  13. To Rob and family, so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved Carmel.

    Carmel will be remembered by Anthony and me as a valued friend and work colleague; and by Hayley and Gemma, as a much loved teacher.

    Vale Carmel

    Pamela and Anthony Dowling

    Pamela Dowling December 20, 2022
  14. Thoughts and prayers with you Rob and family on the passing of Carmel a beautiful friend of my Mum Janice Whitehead.

    Kerry Fitzgibbon

    Kerry Fitzgibbon December 20, 2022
  15. Dear Rob & family
    Our deepest and most sincere sympathy at this very sad time. Dear Carmel, such a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile.
    Our thoughts are with you,
    Lorraine, Bruce & family

    Lorraine Purcell December 20, 2022
  16. Carmel Cope (nee Fitzgerald)
    We will miss you Carm.
    You are forever in our hearts.
    Our memories with you are golden.
    Resting in peace.
    Love always
    Maurs, Mick, Brighie, Raf, Ruby and Gill

    Maurs Fitzgerald December 19, 2022
  17. My love and condolences to Carmel’s family. What a great lady. I loved learning from her when I was a student teacher and later calling her a friend and collegue. So much respect.

    Goldie Goldstraw December 19, 2022
  18. A truly wonderful teacher and friend. Such a caring and beautiful lady that will be missed by everyone who knew her. Thinking of the family.

    Diane Riordon December 19, 2022
  19. To Rob, Matt, Simon and families, I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your beautiful wife, mum and nanna, Carm. On reading previous notices, it’s evident that Carm touched and influenced a lot people throughout her full life, what a wonderful legacy she has left behind.
    To my ‘beautiful mate’ Helen, I could feel your pain H, I wish I was there to give you a big hug. Also, Kev, Maus, Des and families, Carm was a wonderfully caring sister with a big laugh. She’s now with Terry, Big K and Gerty and I’m sure Rud, Dawny and Pete wouldn’t be far away, especially if there’s mention of a celebration!! Thinking of you all xxx

    Vicki (Holland)and Michael McFarland December 19, 2022
  20. Carmel Cope.
    Our thoughts and support are with Rob, Matt, Simon, Janine, Carly and her adored grandchildren at this sad time in their lives. Carm was such a loved and respected member of our family and also the greater Warrnambool Community, through her involvement in teaching over many years, then volunteering at the Warrnambool Courthouse. She always put others ahead of her own needs. We really feel for her immediate family as she embarks on her final journey. She was and always will be a much loved and respected sister, sister-in-law, aunt and great aunt of Des, Elaine, Darren, Tim and their families.

    Des Fitzgerald December 19, 2022
  21. Dear Rob.Matt. Simon and families. I was deeply saddened to learn of Carmel’s passing. Carmel was such a beautiful, caring, kind hearted, loving soul. Carmel will be immensely missed by so many. Sending our love and caring thoughts.
    Your memories are more, precious, even touched as they are by sorrow, treasure them safely in your heart as they help you through tomorrow.
    Rest in Peace dearest Carmel.💖
    Love, Kaye, Neil, Andrew, Nathan and families.

    Kaye Johnstone December 19, 2022
  22. How do we fill the enormous void that your death has left in our lives? At the moment it is just too painful to contemplate so I just weep and try to remember all the wonderful times we shared and the wonderfully loving and supportive sister that you were. You left too suddenly Carm, and I know you weren’t expecting to. We will love you always and your memory will always embrace our hearts. RIP Carm you will be missed. Helen Michael Tom Ellie Luke Sas Ben Olivia Oscar Albie and Tully

    HELEN SPINKS December 18, 2022
  23. Carmel Cope
    Thank you for being our friend. You’re never changed, caring , fun and always interested in what our family were doing.
    You are a dedicated wife, mother & grandmother. You have left behind so many wonderful memories..
    Lots of love Rob, Matt, Simon, Janine, Carly and grand children..

    Dennis & Sue Morgan December 17, 2022
  24. A well loved and respected friend over many years,rest in peace Carmel.

    Deepest sympathy to Rob and family.

    Terry and Gayle Manley. Dartmoor.

    Terry and Gayle Manley. December 17, 2022
  25. Sad to hear Carmel has left us.
    So sorry for your loss Rob,Matt,Simon & Families.

    David & Val Sheehan December 17, 2022
  26. RIP Carmel. Many fond memories from my school days at West Warrnambool Primary School….xo

    Toni Fox December 16, 2022
  27. Carmel was such a loved niece of the late Tom and Sheila Maguire, and a cherished cousin of Garry, Robin, Leon and Marlene. She nurtured her family, and generations of students as a dedicated teacher, our deepest sympathy to Rob, Matt, Simon and families, and our love to the Fitzgeralds at this sad time. Leon and Debbie

    Leon Maguire December 16, 2022
  28. Deepest sympathy to Rob ..and family on the loss of a lovely lady CARMEL .
    Ken and. Claire .

    Ken and Claire December 16, 2022
  29. Dearest Rob, Matt, Simon and families,
    Our deepest sympathies are with you on the death of your beautiful, Carmel.
    Carmel touched our lives in so many ways with her friendship and loving kindness. Strength classes at Archie won’t be the same without Carmel’s shining light and lovely chats about how our growing families were going.
    My girls Dione and Simone hold many fond memories of dear Carmel as a family friend in years gone by, and for Dione, her favourite primary school teacher at Jamo. Such a caring soul to all who knew her.
    Our loving thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
    Jenni Coutts and girls

    Jenni Coutts December 16, 2022
  30. Cope Carmel
    A truly wonderful friend who will be so sadly missed. Carm was an inspiration to us all with her positivity, caring nature and zest for life.
    Our sincere condolences to Rob, Matt, Simon and families.
    Reg and Libby McMillan.

    Reg McMillan December 16, 2022
  31. To my special big sister Carm, always there for her family and friends and devoted to Rob,Matt,Simon and their beautiful families,the loves of her life.Taken too soon.Will never be forgotten. Reunited with Mum,Dad and Terry
    Love you Carm Kev,Liam,Kate,Ellie,Nathan and great Aunt to Jack,Ted & Lewis

    Kevin Fitzgerald December 16, 2022