Harry Cooper, 82, of 631 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
He was born Jan. 17, 1917 in McCreary, Man. to the late “Nels” and “Maggie” Cooper. Harry lived briefly in Manitoba before moving with his family to the Emo district. On Feb. 5, 1940 in International Falls, Mn., Harry was united in marriage to the former Muriel Ogden.
During World War II, Harry served with the Engineering Corps. overseas and, upon his discharge, returned and settled in Fort Frances. Harry worked at the Border Mill, and later for Ontario and Minnesota Pulp and Paper, where he worked as boiler house mechanic until his retirement in 1982.
Harry was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 in Fort Frances. For enjoyment, he loved to spend his time with his family at their cabin on Lake Despair, where he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was predeceased by one grandson, Sheldon Mosbeck; and by two brothers, Don and Tom Cooper.
Harry is survived by his wife, Muriel Cooper of Fort Frances, Ont.; two sons, Rick and wife, Myrna, and Dale and wife, Mary, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; two daughters, Marilyn and husband, Leonard Shine, and Karen and husband, Cecil Mosbeck, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; eight grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, Neil, and Jon Cooper, Larry Shine, Patti LaFleur, and Barry and Duff Mosbeck; two step-grandchildren, Chad and Mark Buist; eight great-grandchildren, Andrea, Jeff and Kim LaFleur, and Nickolas, Ryan, Tyler, Rebecca, and D.J. Mosbeck; one sister, Margaret and husband, Keith Smart, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; two sisters-in-law, Jean Cooper of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Edna Cooper of British Columbia; and by nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Rev. Mary Whitson officiating.
Honourary pallbearers were Harry’s grandchildren, Christopher Cooper, Jennifer Cooper, Neil Cooper, Jon Cooper, Larry Shine, Patti LaFleur, Barry Mosbeck, and Duff Mosbeck.
In memoriam donations may be made to either the Humanitarian Services (C.P. & T.), 719 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1H9, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 655, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M9.