Lawrence Jerome Coplin

March 11, 1936January 17, 2022
Lawrence Jerome Coplin (Larry) of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on Monday, January 17 at the age of 85. He was born on March 11, 1936, to Hyman Coplin and Sophie Thorn Coplin, in Washington, DC where he grew up. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Benjamin Franklin University on a full scholarship in 1958. Larry traveled the world while working as an auditor for The Audit Bureau of Circulations, where he audited newspapers, magazines, and church bulletins for their circulation on behalf of their advertisers. He retired in 1986, where he met his wife, Roanne Cline Rutman. He continued his travels with his wife, cruising around the world numerous times. They moved to Florida and soon became residents of Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, a continuing care retirement community. Larry loved both bridge and chess. He won many master points playing in bridge tournaments and tied for first place in the 16th United States Correspondence Chess Championship. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; stepson Andrew Rutman; and nephew, Harvey Chernikoff. He is survived by his wife of 27 years; stepson Michael Rutman (Kina); step grandchildren Zacharai, Seth, Nicole, and Kaitlyn; sister Elaine Chernikoff (Jack); brother William Coplin; sister-in-law, Ina Fritsch; brother-in-law Max Cline (Carol); nephew Neil Chernikoff; niece Amy Silvers; step nephew Jason Cline (Lacy); and step nieces Heidi Mark, Rachel Mark (Vijay), Andrea Anderson, and Susan Metz. The family would like to thank the Skilled Nursing and Independent Living staff at Oak Hammock for the care and compassion they showed Larry in his final days. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Larry’s memory to the Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund or the Oak Hammock Employee Scholarship Fund, 5100 SW 25th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608.

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