ELDRED - Thomas J. "Coop" Cooper, 63, passed away on Thursday (May 21, 2015) at the Lakeview Senior Care Center in Smethport following a long illness.
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Born July 20, 1951 in Lakewood, N.J., he was a son of Harold and Elizabeth Mae Pensworth Cooper. On July 4, 1998 in the First Church of God in Eldred, he married Pamela Briggs, who survives.
He attended Otto-Eldred High School and later received his GED. Coop started working at the Viko Furniture Co. at the age of 16 and retired after 40 years from what then became Ethan Allen Company, in the maintenance department. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion of Eldred, and a social member of the Smethport Veterans of Foreign Wars. Tom loved NASCAR, fishing and playing euchre.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a brother, Robert Cooper of Smethport and a half-brother, John (Ivy) Kimball of Duke Center; two sisters, Ellen "Marie" Sucko of Bradford and Shirley Ray of Randleman, N.C., and two half-sisters, Carol (Rev. James) Kazimer of Port Allegany and Sandy (Michael) Staley of Olean, N.Y., and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Coop was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold "Jack" Cooper and Richard Cooper.
There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at the First Church of God at 3 p.m. on May 31 with the Rev. James Kazimer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany. The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude's Hospital for Children.
Online condolences may be made at framefuneralhome.com
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Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from May 22 to May 30, 2015