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Southampton - James Albert Cooper, 70, of Southampton, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. A life-long Southampton resident, Jim was born on April 28, 1943, the son of the late Doris Quigley Cooper and the late Thomas Cooper. While attending school in Jacksonville, FL, he met and married his wife of 48 years, Linda King Cooper. The couple returned to Southampton and raised their two children, Scott King Cooper and Amy Cooper Guyette.
Jim served on Southampton's zoning board of appeals in the 1970's, coached Little League, and was for many years an active member of the Southampton Congregational Church, where he served in positions from sexton to moderator of the Hampshire Association. He and Linda led the Pilgrim Fellowship youth group for many years.
A long-time small business owner, Jim owned and operated a wholesale seafood business, Southampton Seafoods, for 15 years, and later worked for Boston Seafoods, in Springfield, for 23 years. In the 1980's, he and his wife ran the Cone at Southampton, always a popular destination after sporting events in town. In 2005, in partnership with his daughter and son-in-law, he established the Tavern on the Hill, in Easthampton, where he worked until his death.
Jim was an avid car buff, who enjoyed building and racing many cars throughout his life.
Besides his wife and children, he leaves his brother Gerald Cooper of Eldrdge, Iowa, his son-in-law Lawrence Guyette, his daughter-in-law Kate (Goepfert) Cooper, and his grandchildren – Bryan Guyette, Hayden Guyette, Nora Cooper, and Henry Cooper – as well as his nieces Shelly (Renfrow) Cotnoir and Deborah Renfrow and his nephew Dale Renfrow. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Carol Cooper.
Calling hours will be held at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be at the First Congregational Church of Southampton on Wednesday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the First Congregational Church of Southampton. www.mitchellcofuneralhome.com
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Mitchell Funeral Home
15 Park Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 26, 2013