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Morgan Hughes Cooper, 84 ROCKFORD - Morgan Hughes Cooper, 84, of Rockford died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, in his home. Born July 23, 1925, in New York City, the son of Henry and Marjorie (Hughes) Cooper. Morgan grew up in Port Washington, N.Y., and Boston, Mass., where he attended Boston English High School and received his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1948 he married Daphne June Tait, the love and joy of his life. He started his business career at Johns Manville in New York City and went on to work at Ford Motor Co. and Curtiss-Wright Corp. before joining Oak Industries in Crystal Lake, where he was vice president for planning. He finished his career at Ansul Inc., Motorola and Barber-Colman, where he retired as corporate planner. In retirement, he assisted his wife in building a small business, Scandinavian Designs, by building their website that marketed the business nationally. Morgan was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying it all, from sailing on the Charles River and on Green Bay, to hiking in the White Mountains and Adirondacks, to canoeing the rivers of northern Wisconsin. He loved to dance; he founded Rockford's Scottish Dancers and participated in the Rockford Swedish Dancers, including directing the Swedish Children's Dance Group. In retirement, he founded The Men's Discussion Group. He was an active member of Ostende Dance Club and also belonged to the Mendelssohn Club. He enjoyed Starlight Theater, particularly when his son had a role. He was a gracious host and enjoyed sharing his home and love of music with family and friends at Daphne's and his annual carol sing for more than 40 years. Morgan loved and was loved in return by many, but especially his family. He is survived by his wife, Daphne; children, Pamela Cooper, Elizabeth (William) Schulz, Philip M. (Mary Jo) Cooper and Victoria (Theodore) Robertson; and grandchildren, Matthew, Nathanial (Sigita) and Philip R.G. Cooper, Robert and Christine Schulz and James and Julia Robertson. Predeceased by daughter, Penelope Cooper. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., with memorial visitation from 3:30 p.m. to service time. Minister Matthew Johnson-Doyle will officiate. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd., 1001 Second Ave. Memorials to Unitarian Universalist Church. To send a condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 30 to May 31, 2010
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