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William Bill Ian James Cooper

May 1, 1937 - June 14, 2015


With cherished family memories the beloved family of Bill Cooper announce his passing, Sunday June 14th 2015 at Kootenay Lake Hospital at the age of 78. Born in Calgary Alberta, the family moved several times in the 40’s finally settling in Creston where he graduated in 1957. In 1962 he moved to Nelson where he met and married Fern, raising a family on Cedar Street for 48 years. Bill worked for C.P.R. Hipperson Hardware, Palm Dairy, Dairy Land and Nelson Farmer Supply. He was a long time active member of the Ascension Lutheran Church, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #22 where he would chair the Thursday charity bingo nights. In the 70’s, Bill was a volunteer firefighter. Bill had a passion for sports, playing baseball with the Nelson Outlaws, capturing the trophy, curled with the Creston High School, and senior’s leagues using both corn broom and brush. Bill also loved going camping with the family including time spent in both tents and trailers. Bill’s greatest passion was driving his 1964 Ford Fairlane, which was Bill and Ferns wedding car in 1966. He loved to put the car on display in many car shows. Bill was predeceased by his parents Bill and Lola Cooper, In-laws Alfred and Margaret Cook, sister Joyce and his stepbrother Richard. He is survived by his loving wife Fern, brother Edward, daughter Corina (Dwayne), Carly and Jared Dixon, son Kevin (Samantha) Leo, Cooper Scott, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to that Pastor Dan Haugen for officiating the upcoming Funeral Service, who also officiated Ferns fathers Memorial Service in 1979. Special thanks to Dr. Reineke, Dr. Malpass, Dave Scanlon and the 3rd floor nursing staff for their gracious and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church Building Fund. A Memorial service will be held Saturday June 27th at 11:00 am, at Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St, Nelson, BC. A reception will follow at 1:00pm at the Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St, Nelson, BC. Interment will take place at the Nelson Mausoleum.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley Karasz
Relation: long time friend

Fern, Joe and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Bill was such a nice friendly person and we know he was a great husband and father.

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: Fraternal Order of Eagles

My condolences to Fern and family.

May you be comforted by your memories.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: Friend

Bill Cooper was one of the finest men I have ever met.
So friendly and kind, a real gentleman. Never to busy to stop and chat or to help when needed.
Fern and family- May God’s Blessing of Peace be with you during this sad time. Thinking of you.

From: margaret vital
Relation: daughter friend of my daughter



From: Gordon Gary Lastucka
Relation: Longtime friend

A boyhood friend, the memories of which I shall cherish forever. My wife Aley and I shall cherish our brief adult times together. Our sincere condolences to Fern and the adult children and their respective families.

From: Brian & Ev Sutton
Relation: Friend

We are so sorry for your loss Fern. Bill was a wonderful man full of compassion and he touched many lives.

From: Sue & Richard Pasker
Relation: friend since the 60's

We are very sorry to hear that Bill has passed away but are thankful to have known him. He will be remembered always for his great smile, his love for Fern & his family and his dedication to his Church and community. Sorry we can’t be with you, Fern, but ask that God’s peace be with you all. Love Sue & Richard

From: Kendall McPherson
Relation: Through Bingo

My condolences to you. Bill was always so kind and friendly, especially to my father both at bingo and out and about town.

From: Theresa Atkinson
Relation: friend of Kevin's

As a friend of Kevin’s growing up, I have happy memories of Mr. Cooper. I was always warmly welcomed into the Cooper home and especially remember Mr. Cooper’s wonderful, warm smile. I also remember his fantastic car! I know family was very important to him and it must have been an enormous joy for him to meet and enjoy his young grandson, Leo. I am thinking of you all, and sending love.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 27, 2015
Beginning at 11:00am

Nelson Untided Church
602 Silica St
Nelson, BC Canada

602 Silica St
Nelson, BC Canada

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