History & Staff
We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
Although the Copeland Funeral Home, Inc. has been in business since June 1, 1991, you could say that we, the Copeland Family, have been a part of the New Paltz community since 1966. When we opened in 1991, Terry Copeland was well known and well established in the community.
He was the town funeral director. Terry knew that starting a business was a risk, but a risk people hoped he would take. The site for the funeral home was chosen for the quiet open space and for its country location.
The building was built to be a funeral home, as opposed to buying an old building and hope that it suits your needs. For seven years, hundreds of funerals were held in the original building. We realized that the families we served needed more room; therefore in 1998, we expanded to the present building. The addition included a bigger chapel with a cathedral ceiling in the back part of the building and in the front; the chapel was expanded to double in size.
Terry, with Pat his wife by his side, ran the business together in the beginning. In early 1992, their son, Tim, joined them to help with the ever growing business. They all worked together until Terry’s death on January 4th, 2001. Tim said “My father taught me everything he knew except how to be the family; with his death he has accomplished that. It is his final lesson.” Tim decided to carry on with what his father had started.
In January 2004 James Matus came to work for the firm. He joined Tim in serving the families that have come to trust in them. They have the same philosophy with a modern twist. Computers were introduced, casket room modernized, and new technologies introduced to help an ever-changing demand of the clients- new and old alike.
Our Valued Staff
Timothy J. Copeland, Owner/President and Funeral Director
What a tremendous opportunity I am given every day I come into the office! The challenge every family or individual gives me is an honor and privilege no matter how great or small. I get strange looks when I say, "I love what I do;" the looks I can take, because what I do is minister to the needs of people at a most difficult time in their lives.
I am afforded this opportunity by way of help, from a remarkable staff and of course a supportive family. My wife Debbie is always there for me when I need her. My two teenage children Emily and Brendan always bring a smile to my face on long days. So, from myself and my family - thank you, New Paltz and our surrounding communities, for the opportunity to serve you.
James Matus, Funeral Director
James and his wife, Barbara are natives of Little Falls, NY. They just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have two children, Katherine(18) and Steven(16). James joined the Copeland Funeral Home in 2004. James is a 1987 graduate of Simmons School of Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director for over 22 years. James and his family are members of St. Joseph Church in New Paltz, NY, where he serves as an usher.