Robert Werner Copas and his ‘wing-walker’ friend, Lisa
(‘Lace’) Maxwell, are remembered in this book not
because of any connection they might have had with the
pioneer families of God’s Acre but because of a monument
to their memory that has been erected in these grounds.
They died on 1 May 1994 shortly after their vintage
Tiger Moth biplane had taken off from the Luskintyre
Airfield in the Hunter Valley. It nosedived to the
ground and exploded about 4 km north-west of Lochinvar,
near Maitland, in New South Wales.
Bob (‘Woolly’) Copas, a master pilot, and Lace Maxwell,
‘a vivacious fun-loving person’, ‘had been wing-walking
many times before’. On this tragic occasion they were
carrying out an acrobatic stunt routine for about 40
members and relatives of CanTeen (the Australian Teenage
Cancer Patients Society). The traumatised youngsters had
been camping in a hangar over the weekend and had taken
joyrides in the 1931-designed Tiger Moth.
Bob’s cremation service took place at the Mount Thompson
Crematorium on the afternoon of Friday, 6 May, 1994.
The following death notices appeared in the Courier
COPAS, Robert Werner, aged 41 years, late of Toowong.
Passed away doing what he loved, 1st May
1994. For Funeral details, see today’s Funeral Notices.
COPAS, Robert. The Qld Vintage Aeroplane Club would like
to extend their deepest sympathy to the Family of Bob
Copas. Fondly remembered by your friends.