Richard B. Cooper, also known as Dick, 76, died at home Thursday, August 22, 2013 after a prolonged illness, with his wife by his side. Richard lived in Delaware, Ohio, formerly of Elyria. Richard was born in Walsall, England on February 3, 1937. He was the elder son of William Richard and Barbara Shutt Cooper.
He graduated with honors in 1957 from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Metallurgy. Emigrating to the United States in 1957, Richard married Carol Myer on July 2, 1960. They resided and raised their family in Elyria.
Richard was employed by the Abex Corporation for 31 years, after which he became a partner in Amalloy, a spin-off of Abex in 1988. He finished his career at the Bradken Foundry in Marion, Ohio, where he served as the general manager. He was a true foundryman: hardworking, decisive, a leader; whose life’s work was his passion.
He enjoyed bowling, reading and a lifetime of cooking as well as volunteering with Junior Achievement, Friends of the Library, People in Need and the Dining Room at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A lifelong member of the Church of England and the Episcopal Church, he served as Sunday school teacher, lay reader, usher and vestry member.
Richard is survived by Carol, his wife of 53 years; daughters, Alison (Naulac) Jean-Louis, Christine (Pat) Hill, Sheila Cooper and Andrea (Greg) Coron; grandchildren, Ethan and Genna Jean-Louis and Riley and Julia Coron.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Richard and Barbara Shutt Cooper and his brother, John Godfrey Cooper.
A memorial service will be celebrated Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 West Winter St., Delaware, with the Reverend Charles E. Wilson, Jr. officiating. Service will be followed by interment of his ashes in the St. Peter’s Memorial Garden and a reception afterwards.
Arrangements have been completed by Robinson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to People in Need, 138 Johnson Dr., Delaware, OH 43015 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 West Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015.
Because Richard was the recipient of a lifesaving transplant, it would honor his life for you to consider becoming an organ donor.