Richard Gordon Cooper passed away peacefully at Ladysmith General Hospital on April 5, 1998.
He was born in Emo, Ont. in 1910, where he lived until he joined the navy in the Second World War. Gordon served as radar operator on corvette duty on the North Atlantic for three-and-a-half years.
After the war, he worked for the Department of Indian Affairs in Fort Frances, Chapleau, William Lake, and Hazilton. He retired in 1970 and settled in Ladysmith, where he met and married his loving wife of 26 years.
Gordon was predeceased by his first wife, Inez; brothers, Elmer, Allen, and Len; and sister, Muriel, all of Ontario.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; step-children, Stephen Wallace (Geraldine) and Carol Tulk (Bob); and numerous nieces and nephews, including Stuart McLeod of Nanaimo, and Eldyne Matthew of Qualicum Beach.
Gordon was a kind and gentle man who took his pleasure in his home and garden. For the past few years of his life, he suffered from debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease and heart problems.
Special thanks to the caring staff of Ladysmith General Hospital and to Dr. Lisinski.
Cremation has taken place. A private gathering will be held at a later date.