‘Ab­so­lute gen­tle­man’

Trib­utes to vet­eran

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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