His role involved a wide range of duties that included maintaining the Tyne class lifeboat, Annie Blaker, a labour of love he continued up to Friday 5 April 2019, when she was officially retired as the last operating Tyne class lifeboat in the RNLI Fleet.
At the time former Lifeboat Operations Manager, Des Davitt said: ‘I want to pay a special thanks to our station mechanic Brendan Copeland who looked after Annie so well for all these years. Her incredible life-saving record is a measure of how well she was maintained.’
When asked in April 2019 how he felt prior to Annie Blaker launching for the final time at Wicklow, Brendan replied: ‘You’re asking me if I’m sad or emotional today? I’m more than that, I’m heartbroken, to borrow a quote used for the Blasket Islanders, “the likes will never be seen again”.