b. July9, 1860 Oxford, England;d. Sept. 19, 1897, Yukon
During Fred Cope’s mayoralty, Vancouver was experiencing its first economic slowdown and Mayor Cope’s efforts were directed to limiting expenses. City staff were laid off and those remaining had pay cutbacks. The Canada-Australia Steam Line began servicing Vancouver because of Mayor Cope’s efforts, with the first ship (RMS Minonuera) arriving in Vancouver June 8, 1893. He was elected mayor for two consecutive terms.
Cope died while prospecting in Alaska during the gold rush. He fell from his horse while crossing a stream and drowned.