|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1927|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 2011|
Frederick R. Cooper Jr., 83, of Citrus Springs, died Friday, April 8, 2011.
Visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Fero Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Burial will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements entrusted to Fero Funeral Home.
Frederick R. Cooper Jr. passed away on April 8, 2011, at Citrus Memorial hospital. He was born June 10, 1927, in Albemarle, NC, to a Protestant minister, the Rev. Frederick R. Cooper and Mrs. Grace Pike Cooper. He graduated from Asheboro High School in 1943. He took Navy training courses in Chicago, IL, before becoming a "plank owner" aboard the Navy carrier U.S.S. Lake Champlain, stationed in Norfolk, VA. The last two years of WWII, he served in the European Theater. Fred and all his shipmates aboard the U.S.S. Lake Champlain received a Blue Ribbon Atlantic Record Certificate for crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Gibraltar to Norfolk, VA, in 1945 as the fastest recorded crossing in history to that date. Fred entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1946 and continued taking college courses wherever he was stationed. He became a Catholic in 1947. He married Rita Goodness, a high school teacher, in 1948 and they had four children. During his 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, he had sea duty for about five years. His family lived on shore while he was aboard the C.G. Machinaw, an ice breaker on the Great Lakes, stationed in Cheboygan, MI; weather patrol in the Atlantic on the C.G. Mendota in Wilmington, NC, and the C.G. Bibb in Boston, MA. He had shore duty in C.G. District Offices in Norfolk and Clinton Forge, VA.; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; Travers City Air Station, MI; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; and Charleston, SC. He was an instructor at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He was a veteran of WWII in the Navy and a veteran of the Coast Guard in Korea and Vietnam. Fred was an avid trombone player of classical and jazz music, a hunter and fisherman. It was a pleasure for him to drive his salt water or fresh water boat for fishing and relaxing with his family, relatives and friends. He was a devoted father to his three sons and helped them understand and have a good time to become Catholic altar boys, Little League players, Eagle Scouts, playing their musical instruments in junior symphony orchestra and bands, karate, driving a car and boat and learning computers for their school homework. He also helped his sons collect numismatics, philately, conchology, quartz-colored stones and tropical fish to fill their many 10-, 20- and 50-gallon tanks and taught them astronomy with their telescopes and how to clean, fire and handle their guns while hunting. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1971 and lived in Sanford, FL, for 28 years until eminent domain in Sanford moved the family to Citrus Springs in 1998. He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Citrus Springs. He was a member of Retired Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard and MOAA, Military Officer Association of America.
He is survived by his oldest son, Frederick Cooper III of Wichita, KS, and many nieces and nephews. His wife, Rita G. Cooper, passed away on March 14, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Maryanne; two college sons, David Edward and Timothy James; his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Frederick R. Cooper; and two sisters, Margaret Morris and Odeila Lineberry.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity or to future masses in Fred's memory. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Citrus Springs, with Fr. Eric Peters, celebrant. Interment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens. Friends will be received Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fero Funeral Home, Beverly Hills. www.ferofuneralhome.com.
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Created by: Doris Albro
Record added: Apr 11, 2011
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