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James Cooper

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James Fenimore Cooper

LAFAYETTE - A Funeral Ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Episcopal School of Acadiana's Henton Chapel in Cade for James Fenimore Cooper, 86, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at his home surrounded by family.

Visitation will be observed at Episcopal School of Acadiana's Henton Chapel in Cade on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until time of services.

A private burial will follow.

The Reverend James Benbrook and the Reverend Ann Etheredge and will officiate.

James was born Sunday, May 1, 1927 in New York City, NY and was one of four children born to Dr. Henry S.F. Cooper and Katherine Guy F. Cooper. Boyhood summers spent in Cooperstown, NY instilled a deep love of the nature and history of the region of the Catskills. As a young man, he learned to fly and was known for his aerial antics over the Susquehanna Valley in his Piper Cub.

He attended Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts, and enlisted in the Navy prior to graduation in 1945. After a year's stint on the aircraft carrier Mindori, he enrolled at Yale University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and History. Further studies at Columbia University in New York City led to a Master's degree in Geology.

Cooper moved to Lake Charles, LA in 1955 where he worked as a Field Geologist for Atlantic Richfield. It was this job assignment that led to his meeting Edna Shaheen, his wife of 56 years. After marrying, they moved to Lafayette in 1956 and started a family of what would include seven children. He struck out on his own as an independent Geologist in the early 60's and attained success in several discoveries in Southwest Louisiana.

Besides his family, his proudest achievements were the many civic and educational endeavors that today still endure. He was a charter member of the Civitan Club of Lafayette for over 50 years where he will be remembered as a tireless fundraiser. He was on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension for many years and was instrumental in the survival and growth of the Ascension Day School of Lafayette during its early stages. He considered his most important accomplishment to be the securing of the land and much of the funding during the inception of the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, LA.

Cooper had many close friends who relished his sharp wit and intellect, as well as his expertise in the areas of Geology, American History and current events. He will be remembered for his sense of adventure, wisdom and boundless generosity, and for the manner in which he served joyfully wherever he could.

Mr. Cooper is survived by his beloved wife, Edna Shaheen Cooper of Youngsville; seven children, Michael L.F. Cooper and his wife Sue, Mark A.F. Cooper all of Lafayette, Katherine Cooper Dalby of Martinez, CA, John E.F. Cooper and his wife Edna of Roanoke, TX, Laura L.F. Cooper of Milton, MA and Christopher W.F. Cooper and his wife Molly of Lafayette, CA; nine grandchildren, Jennifer F. Cooper Thomas and her husband Charles of New Orleans, Kathleen F. Cooper Kennedy and her husband Richard of Lafayette, Gillian Marie Dalby, Jane Emma Dalby both of Walnut Creek, CA, Richard A. McGovern of Milton, MA, Warren Fenimore Cooper and Wyatt Fenimore Cooper both of Lafayette, CA, Victoria Hoofard and Zachary Hoofard both of Roanoke, TX; four great-grandchildren, Adelaide Sue Kennedy, Jack Chance Kennedy, Cooper Percy Kennedy all of Lafayette and Colette Katherine Thomas of New Orleans; and numerous dear nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry S.F. Cooper and the former Katherine L. Guy; a son, James F. Cooper and a grandson Michael Edward F. Cooper.

The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Joseph Hospice for the compassionate care given to James and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in James' name to Episcopal School of Acadiana at 1557 Smede Road Broussard, LA 70518; St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 101 E. Vermilion Street Abbeville, LA 70510 or St. Joseph Hospice at 1003 S. Hugh Wallis Road, Suite F-2 Lafayette, LA 70508.

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Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery of Lafayette, 1010 Pandora St., (337) 981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the The Advertiser on Nov. 3, 2013
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