William Ian James Cooper

May 1st 1937 – June 14th 2015

With cherished family memories the beloved family of Bill Cooper announce his passing, Sunday June 14th 2015 at Kootenay Lake Hospital at the age of 78.

Born in Calgary Alberta, the family moved several times in the 40’s finally settling in Creston where he graduated in 1957. In 1962 he moved to Nelson where he met and married Fern, raising a family on Cedar Street for 48 years.

Bill worked for C.P.R. Hipperson Hardware, Palm Dairy, Dairy Land and Nelson Farmer Supply. He was a long time active member of the Ascension Lutheran Church, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #22 where he would chair the Thursday charity bingo nights. In the 70’s, Bill was a volunteer firefighter. Bill had a passion for sports, playing baseball with the Nelson Outlaws, capturing the trophy, curled with the Creston High School, and senior’s leagues using both corn broom and brush. Bill also loved going camping with the family including time spent in both tents and trailers.

Bill’s greatest passion was driving his 1964 Ford Fairlane, which was Bill and Ferns wedding car in 1966. He loved to put the car on display in many car shows.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Bill and Lola Cooper, In-laws Alfred and Margaret Cook, sister Joyce and his stepbrother Richard. He is survived by his loving wife Fern, brother Edward, daughter Corina (Dwayne), Carly and Jared Dixon, son Kevin (Samantha) Leo, Cooper Scott, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Pastor Dan Haugen for officiating the upcoming Funeral Service, who also officiated Ferns fathers Memorial Service in 1979. Special thanks to Dr. Reineke, Dr. Malpass, Dave Scanlon and the 3rd floor nursing staff for their gracious and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church Building Fund.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday June 27th at 11:00 am, at Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St, Nelson, BC. A reception will follow at 1:00pm at the Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St, Nelson, BC.

Interment will take place at the Nelson Mausoleum.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca


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