With a heavy heart we announce the passing of Brent Anthony Pope of Copetown/ Hamilton, Ontario. Brent was a Professional hockey player with an International resume. He was a sought-after defender on both sides of the Atlantic, and he became a well-respected player and coach for a number of Super league clubs in the UK. This included the Nottingham Panthers, London Knights and the Cardiff Devils. After his retirement from the sport, he went onto sports management, becoming Managing Director at the Cardiff Devils.
A man of many talents, Brent’s rich, infectious and enthusiastic voice enabled him to enjoy a successful career as a highly acclaimed sports commentator, working for the BBC at the Turin, Vancouver and Sochi Olympic Winter games. Brent went on to work directly for the Olympics as a commentator for the Rio de Janeiro summer and Paralympic games as well the Winter Olympic and Paralympic winter games in PyeongChang.
Brent passed on the 1st of November after a short, but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 49. He leaves behind his loving wife Fegie, 3-year-old son Arthur and 8-month-old daughter Felicisima, Mother Ann, Father Dan (passed 2016), brother Dan, sister Tracey, brother-in-law Alan, niece Gwen, and nephew Aidan.
For those wishing to pay last respects to Brent, there will be a graveside service on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Copetown. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2-4pm at the Copetown Community Centre, 1950 Governor’s Rd, Copetown.