The Guest Book is expired.
After a rich and eventful life, Cooper Drabble passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at his daughter's house surrounded by his three children.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Harrison Drabble and by his sister Diana. He is survived by his children, Cathy (Trent Watts), John (Diane) and Peter (Yasue); his grandchildren, Brad Watts (Sarah), Sarah Watts (Therin), Leigh, Jenna, Kenny and Timmy; his great-grandchildren, Olive and Hamish Watts as well as his sister, Dola (Dixon), many nieces, nephews and special friends.
Cooper was born January 5th, 1919 in Vancouver, the son of George and Aileen Drabble. He spent his early years in Vancouver graduating from St George's and summers near Lytton (Gun Lake) where his father, a mining engineer, operated a gold mine. Here he developed a lifelong passion for fly fishing. In 1943 he interrupted his studies at Queen's University to enlist, eventually joining British Coastal Command as an officer pilot based in Tiree, Scotland. His 518 squadron flew Halifax bombers out, over the North Atlantic, to gather weather data and hunt for submarines. They had to fly regardless of conditions and many planes crashed because of fog or engine icing or simply disappeared over the North Atlantic without a trace. Cooper and his crew survived over 65 missions, creating a bond among them that lasted their lives. Following the war, Cooper graduated as a mining engineer from Queen's University and took a job with Imperial Oil, working in the newly-discovered oil fields around Leduc, Alberta. He remained with Imperial until 1966 when he took a position with Exxon Australia, helping to develop offshore oil production. Returning to Canada in 1971, he joined the Alberta Government and later was appointed as a member of the federal government's Energy Supplies Allocation Board. Following his retirement in 1986 Cooper and Mary returned to Edmonton spending the next 25 years playing golf, skiing, hiking and traveling the world. He was devoted to Mary, his children, and canine companions, happiest of all when he could be with them on countless adventures in Canada's wilderness.
Gratitude and thanks to caregivers of Home Support, Baraka Care Home and Palliative Care in Saskatoon. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel -
MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES,
Saskatoon, SK (306-978-5200)
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Mar. 23, 2013