Tributes to veteran
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Second World War veteran who has died at the age of 92.
Popular Hedgerley resident John Cooper, who moved to the village in 1952, died on Wednesday, April 15.
Mr Cooper, who for many years was seen riding around the village on his bike which was handmade for him 63 years ago by Raleigh, was a veteran of the Second World War having served with The Royal Armoured Corps (14th Army) in the far east, notably participating in the Kohima campaign.
He worked with local businesses, electricians Bedfords and Edmundsons Electrical, on return to civilian life, working through to the age of 75. Mr Cooper, who was 6ft 4in tall, was a longstanding member of the Farnham Common Royal British Legion branch and he was Standard Bearer for 21 years.
Each year during the branch’s Annual Poppy Appeal, Mr Cooper was a major fundraiser for the appeal because, with his many medals from the Second World War, passers by would always stop and buy a poppy from such a ‘well decorated’ veteran.
His daughter Barbara Crook said: “He was an old fashioned gentleman, everyone who has phoned me or sent me cards has said what a true and absolute gentleman he was. He was old fashioned and kind and he’d always go out in a shirt and tie. He was a lovely father and, if possible, an even nicer grandfather. He will be missed, and not just by the family.”
Mr Cooper, an avid Slough Town Football Club supporter, had two children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. His wife died six years ago just after they celebrated 60 years of marriage together. Mr Cooper’s funeral will take place tomorrow (May 1) at Slough Crematorium in Stoke Road, Slough, at noon. Flowers and donations welcome. Donations should be made to the Fanham Common Royal British Legion branch.