Cherell Coppin was born in Clapham, Christ Church, Barbados, on the 20th of November 1951. The family then moved to Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church, after Hurricane Janet. Cherell matriculated through the school system in Barbados afterwards finding employment at Data Craft Electronics, VRN Barbados, LTD., and Intel before migrating to Boston, Massachusetts in 1980.
After arriving in Boston Cherell was employed at the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company for 35 years until her retirement in 2016. In 1989 while working at John Hancock, Cherell was very proud to receive the YMCA Black Achievers’ Award which recognized successful black professionals for their outstanding contributions to their workplace and community service.
After retirement, Cherell was able to devote more time to her number one passion, gardening. If you called and she didn’t answer, you could rest assure she was in her garden. Cherell’s gardening skills are evident in the beautiful flowers that surround her home. When all of the space was taken at her house, she made an auxiliary garden at her niece’s house, with some protest. Cherell’s other passion was shopping as you probably could tell by her Sunday outfits, Macy’s and QVC were her favorite places to shop.
Cherell was a faithful member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and did not shy away from her responsibilities first as the Clerk, then as Senior Warden, Chair of the Vestry, and Eucharistic Minister. Cherell took pride in executing the duties of these offices with excellence.
Death is inevitable, however it always seems to come at the most in opportune time as it did with Cherell on the 28th of July, 2022 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In her passing, Cherell leaves to mourn sister Shirley Moore (Coppin) and husband Stephen of Boston, MA, brothers Michael Coppin of Boston, MA and Lewitt Coppin of Barbados. Lovingly we remember Cherell’s parents Winifred and St. Clair Reid, siblings Rudolph, Argyle and Daphne. She leaves nephews and nieces as well as many beloved friends.
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