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Gordon Louis Cooper

COOPER, Gordon Louis - April 15, 1921 - August 25, 2013. Gordon Cooper passed away peacefully August 25th, 2013 at the age of 92 in St. Catharines, Ontario. He entered this world quietly and being an unassuming person, it was his wish to depart without any fuss or ceremony. He is survived by Shirley, his beloved wife of 59 years and his son Jim (Louise) and grandchildren Alexander and Sarah. Other cherished surviving family members are sister in law Margaret Anne Cooper, nieces Brenda, Lyn and Cathy Cooper, Joanne Watson and Sally Williams. Gordon was born in Ormstown, Quebec, son of the late Dr. Merrill Cooper and Annie Cooper. He was predeceased by older brothers Russell, Ralph, Douglas and Everett. Orphaned at an early age he was raised by his eldest brother Russell and wife Elora in small towns in Quebec. Shortly after graduating from Bishops University in 1940 with a B.S.C. he joined the RCAF and subsequently served as an Officer Pilot of RAF Hurricane Squadron in England. He was shot down in 1942 and spent 3 years as a POW in Stalog Luft 3 in Germany, from which the Great Escape took place and 50 of his fellow prisoners were shot by the Gestapo. His job was a sand disperser on the escape tunnel project. After the war he attended McGill University in Montreal, graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1949. Shortly thereafter, he worked for the Ontario Paper Company in Thorold for 30 years, retiring in 1983. For the last two decades of his working life he served as mill manager and subsequently VP of Operations of the company and its affiliate, the Quebec North Shore Paper Company in Baie Comeau, Quebec and also as director of the company and several of its affiliates. During his working life he also served as a Committee Chairman or member of National, Provincial and several local organizations. He was a longtime Royal Canadian Legion member and a St. Catharines Rotary Club Lifetime Honorary member. In his retirement, he spent many happy times playing golf and bridge with friends at The St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. Cremation and burial have taken place. If so desired, donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross, whose food parcels helped to keep him alive when he was a POW.12550414
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Posted by Gerry Michaud (former employee) On Monday, September 2, 2013
I worked for Gord on the paper machines and in the paper lab at Ontario Paper in the late 50's and early 60's. He was a great boss and a real gentleman. My sympathies to his family.
Thank You Sir.
Posted by Marty (Canadian Citizen) On Friday, August 30, 2013

Thank you, Gordon Cooper.

No words can convey to you the debt we owe to you, and the others like you.

I'd like to be able to say I understand your bravery, but I'm not. It's just beyond heroic.

Cooper Family, thank you for sharing his story,with us.

Gord Cooper
Posted by Jim & Ann Harrison (Friend) On Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sorry for your loss. A very special man to our son Peter. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Kind And Gentle Man
Posted by Pierre Garneau (Friend) On Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thank you, Gordon, for leaving this world a much better place. You were a loving husband, father, grandfather and valued friend to so many, including my late parents, Rosaire and Gaetane. We can only imagine the years you spent as a POW. I will never forget how very supportive you were as I was starting my flying career 40 years ago.

Shirley, Jim and family, we are so sorry for your loss and offer our warmest thoughts during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

The Garneau Family

My Deepest Sympathy
Posted by Gail Harrison (Co-Worker) On Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Having worked at the Ontario Paper Company back in the 70's I remember Gord as a quiet reserved gentleman who worked earnestly at the Mill. My respect and sympathy to his family,

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