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McCabe Cooley
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Birth: Feb. 22, 1899
Putnam County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 7, 1958
Alameda County
California, USA

The following obituaries were contributed by J G Italiano. I suspect that the first one was printed in a Kansas City newspaper and the second is likely from an Oakland paper, possibly the Tribune. McCabe would have turned 58 the previous November, not 59 as stated in both obituaries.

Additional remembrances of McCabe can be found at Cinema Treasures.

McCabe Cooley

McCabe Cooley passed away at his home in Oakland, Cailf., Jan. 7, 1958, at the age of 59 years, 2 months.

McCabe is the son of the late Joseph W. Cooley of Lucerne, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Lilas Lee Cooley, two sons, Howard and Allison Cooley and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Claude Cooley of Seymour Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Ora Shelton of Kansas City, Mo.

McCabe was born and raised in Lucerne, Mo., and moved to California after World War I.

He was happy to meet friends and relatives and acquaintances in Lucerne three years ago while visiting Missouri and expressed a great deal of delight in the visit.

He had been in ill health for a few years and leaves with us all a loving memory.

Theater Man Dies En Route To Home

McCabe Cooley, 59, manager of the Fruitvale Theater, died of heart attack early today as he attempted to question a man he apparently believed to be loitering near his home.

The cause of Cooley's death was determined by a corner's [sic] autopsy this morning as police sought a mystery man who roared away in a car immediately after Cooley collapsed on a lawn in front of 2417 Montana St.

For a time, police thought Cooley might have been the victim of a robbery attack that caused a fatal heart seizure. Cooley had a long history of heart trouble.immediately after Cooley collapsed on a lawn in front of 2417 Montana St.

The license number of the mystery man's car was supplied by Mrs. Dora Dana, 45, of the Montana St. address, who told police she saw that what she believed to be a fight between Cooley and the attacker.

The car's owner, however, a 28-year-old teamster, told officers that Cooley approached him as he parked his car near his home and seemed to say something and then collapsed. The teamster told officers he grabbed Cooley and helped him to the lawn and then fled in panic, because he had been drinking. He was released.

Six youths seized at the scene when they cruised by acting suspiciously were still being held for questioning today, since a loaded .22 caliber pistol was found in the possession of one of them.

Cooley, who lived at 3321 Flagg St., was employed by the firm which owns Fruitvale Theater for almost 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Lilas.

Cooley's fatal heart attack occurred as he was returning home after locking up the theater shortly after midnight.

Funeral Notice

COOLEY, McCabe, in Oakland January 7 1958. Beloved husband of Lilas Lee Cooley, loving father of Howard and Allison Cooley, brother of Claude Cooley of Iowa and Mrs. Vernal Shelton of Missouri. A native of Lucerne, Missouri, aged 58 years. A member of the Fruitvale Presbyterian Church, Emeryville; Industrial Post No. 1010 V.F.W., and East Oakland Aerie No. 1375 F.O.E.

Friends are respectfully invited to attend funeral service Friday, January 10 at 3 p.m. at the Fruitvale Chapel of the Clarence N. Cooper Mortuaries, 1580 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland. (Phone KEllog 3-4114.) Parking areas adjacent to chapel. Memorial contributions to the Fruitvale Presbyterian Church memorial fund will be greatly appreciated. 
Family links: 
  Joseph William Cooley (1867 - 1947)
  Araminta D. Johnson Cooley (1863 - 1902)
  Marie Henrietta Hennequin Cooley (1900 - 1940)*
  Allison Claude Cooley (1925 - 2011)*
  Joseph Claude Cooley (1890 - 1969)*
  Chloe May Cooley Alexander (1892 - 1951)*
  William Allison Cooley (1898 - 1918)*
  McCabe Cooley (1899 - 1958)
*Calculated relationship
Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum
Alameda County
California, USA
Plot: Cou of the Everlasting, South Wall, Tier 4, #4.
Created by: Michael Cooley
Record added: Oct 04, 2012
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McCabe Cooley
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