Tributes have been paid to a builder from north Norfolk who died with cancer at the age of 39.

A lifelong Holt boy, Luke “Monkey” Copeman became known for his love of fishing, football, and his ability to make the perfect cup of tea. 

Born on January 12, 1985, he was the youngest son of Alan and Hilary, joining his brothers Edwin, Ross and Ian. His sister, Clair, was born three years later. 

As a child, he often acted as though he was the oldest and was described as “quite mischievous.”  

Eastern Daily Press: Luke Copeman, of Holt, died aged 39

Some of his antics included sneaking into his brothers’ rooms to steal their pocket money and chocolate. 

His early schooldays were spent at Holt Primary, followed by Sheringham High School, and then Norwich City College where he trained as a bricklayer.  

He worked for several different building firms before setting up his own business, Luke Copeman Building Services.  

Eastern Daily Press: Luke Copeman, of Holt, died aged 39

His family said: “He was always industrious, and even as a young lad was keen to earn his own money.

“The family is also pretty much in agreement that Luke’s tea was the best, and he would drink it all the time, his preferred option being milk and three sugars. 

“Taken from us all too soon, he is going to leave a gaping hole in the lives of his mum, siblings, nephews and nieces, and his many friends.”  

Eastern Daily Press: Luke Copeman, of Holt, died aged 39

Outside of his career, he enjoyed fishing and football, and these hobbies would remain lifelong passions.  

As a “talented footballer” and avid Manchester United supporter, he previously played for Corpusty, Briston and Holt. 

His love of fishing began at Blakeney, where he enjoyed crabbing as a boy. He went on to join Sheringham Angling Cub, and later others too.  

He became such a keen angler, he visited fishing lakes all over the country as well as in France.  

He also enjoyed snooker, pool, VW cars, and music, attending many festivals and events. 

Luke Copeman died on February 20. His funeral will take place at Cromer Crematorium on March 15 at 2pm. Man United attire or red clothes are welcomed. Donations to Stroke Association.

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