Our Dad is the father of nine kids who were the center of his life. They say a good Dad never misses their kid's game but what do you call a Dad that never missed a game, never missed a practice, coached his kids' baseball teams for over twenty years and went to countless horse shows. To us that's a great dad and that was our Dad.
At the age of 94, Don passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his Family on February 6, 2023.
Don was born on August 13, 1928 and spent his entire life in Scotia, NY where he shared over 74 years with his loving and devoted wife, Caryl. Don served his country in the Navy from 1946 to 1948. He was the Cooper Family's Patriarch and will be forever loved by his nine children, twenty grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren.
Don was an electrician by trade and owned and operated D&D Electric for over 25 years. He completed his career with the Town of Glenville retiring in 1995. In these careers he made countless lifelong friendships with fellow tradesmen, town colleagues and after retirement, his McDonald's buddies. He was well known throughout the Town of Glenville and by his license plate "Coop Don".
In the early 1980's Don had the foresight to purchase our Family Camp on Sacandaga Lake. True to his vision, it has served to bond our families for generations. Not only a family weekend gathering place, it has also been a place that celebrated numerous birthdays, showers, memorials, reunions and Christmases.
Don was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Yankees and Giants, but his greatest joy was proudly rooting for his kids on the football and baseball fields, the wrestling mats and in the horse arenas. And perhaps his best coaching effort was cheering his six adult sons and three adult grandkids to a softball league championship at the age of 88.
Don was predeceased by his parents Henry and Wilhelmina Cooper, his brothers Gary and Bill and his sister Kay (Runner) Cooper. Don is survived by his wife and soulmate for over 74 years, Caryl and his nine children, Len (Carol), Diane Lavery (Pat), Wayne, Mark (Polaki), Kevin (Leandra), Clark (Sue), Dennis (Nancy), Kent (Gina) and Gordon (Debbie). He was treasured by his loving grandchildren; Mike (Isabelle), Brett (Julie), Donna, Dawn (Jeff), John (Gina), Kate (Cody Jon), Brad (Kayla), Greg, Becca, Samantha (Mike), Shannon (Ian), Tyler, Trevor, Amanda (Michael), Rachael (Jason), Elizabeth (Jake), Christopher, Kait (Brandon), Haley and Taylor and his twenty-two great grandchildren. As a husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, he will be missed, cherished and forever loved.
Our family would like to extend our deep appreciation to Dr. Hunter, Dr. Parks and Dr. McDonald for their compassionate care, to Melissa and the rest of the Landmark staff for always being there to help and to Joanne for your generosity and kindness.
Relatives and family friends are welcome to attend a memorial service for Don on Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m. at the Centre Glenville United Methodist Church, 151 Bolt Rd, Scotia NY. A Veteran's burial will take place later in the year. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Centre Glenville United Methodist Church.
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