Raymond Anthony Cooper

December 8, 1937January 2, 2021

Age 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his daughters on January 2, 2021.

Born on December 8, 1937 Raymond was the first son of Raymond Anthony (Halifax) and Margaret Hudson (Sturgess) Cooper (New Haven).

He had a full and lengthy career as a truck driver with Burgess Transfer and later as an independent broker for United Van Lines. He was well known as a hardworking man and one his fellow drivers could always depend on. In later years he retired and joined his wife Sandra in their Sanjo Ceramic business. “Doctor Ceramic”, as he was lovingly called, boasted that no one ever looked so good in a white lab coat. Ray and Sandra were well known in craft circles and enjoyed working together.

After the death of his first wife Sandra (Mills) he was blessed to meet the second love of his life Emmie AuCoin. For 15 years they enjoyed a full and happy life with friends and family. They loved to socialize, travel and rarely missed their Sunday cribbage club.

Although the death of Sandra and Emmie was heartbreaking, he often spoke of how lucky he was to have two beautiful women in his life.

Ray was also predeceased by siblings, Ethel, Joan, Shirley, Barbara, Gerald and Lawrence. He is survived by daughters, Mary Chisholm (Kevin) and Joan McKeough (Bill); Stepdaughters, Nicole Holland, Jackie Webster and Dana Montgomery; Grandchildren, Jamie Chisholm, Rae Sirotic (Matco), Daniel Cheverie (Dawn) and Tara Arthur (Ryan); Step-grandchildren, Joseph and Louis Holland; Great-grandchildren, Maddox, Luka, Jordyn, Brooklynn, Harrison, Avery and Griffin; siblings, Nancy, Kathy, Paul and Joseph. Ray will be long remembered for the twinkle in his eye, fun personality and sweet dance moves. He was a fiercely loyal man with a strong love and dedication to his family. Although we are grateful for his peaceful passing, if love could have saved him, he would be with us forever.

Special thanks to Ray’s loving family at Arbourstone Enhanced Care. There are no words to express how thankful we are for his care.

Arrangements have been made with A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home in Dartmouth. Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance is by invitation only. We invite you to join us virtually at 1pm on Saturday, January 9th at


  • Virtual Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021



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Carol Nilsen

January 10, 2021

On behalf of the drivers across Canada, condolences to each of Ray's family.

Ray was one of the good ole drivers. He along with the other long distance movers helped out and took care of each other out on the road. There is the brotherhood of movers, they don't forget. Ray will live on in their stories as one of the the moving pioneers.

Rest well Ray.

(Carol - United Van Lines)

Elizabeth Hamilton

January 7, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the Cooper family on Raymond's passing. The last year has been one of loss and sadness. I am sure that Ray is reminiscing with his siblings in a much better place. With sympathy.❤

Frank English

January 7, 2021

Mary, Joan and family - My condolences on the passing of Ray. I will miss our chats about the Blue Jays when we met at family get togethers.

Margaret Gracie

January 6, 2021

Joan and Mary,
I send my condolences across the miles. What a life Ray lived! He sank in his teeth and sucked out the marrow. One of my earliest memories of Uncle Ray is at Nan's house when he would encourage us kids to scream as loud as we could and the loudest would win a dollar. He loved life. He loved his family. He loved having fun. Oh, the stories he could tell!

I am sorry that I can't be with you for the funeral and I'm sorry that COVID will keep us all from a Cooper-style memorial. May you hold on forever to all the wonderful memories he has left you.

Love from your cousin,

Jim and Winnie Mills

January 6, 2021

Dear Mary, Joan , and all your family members and also all the Cooper family :

Jim, myself , Troy/Shelly Holly/ Paige
are so sorry to hear of Rays passing and would like to extend sincere sympathy
to each of you. When we think of Ray we
recall all the wonderful get togethers and
most of all the laughter. He loved his own children deeply and he passed that love on to our children also , and they in turn loved him. Ray we will fondly remember you forever RIP until we meet again!
Jim Winnie and family

Barbara Comeau

January 6, 2021

So very glad I got to know Ray more over the last few years. You all did such a wonderful job looking after him. No shortage of love in that home. I’ll never forget him always asking me “do you ever shut up?” Will always remember those beautiful blue eyes and the twinkle in his devilish smile. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Hugs

Barb Comeau

Jane Karrel

January 6, 2021

Dear Mary, Joan, Jackie, Nicole, Dana & Family

Ray 's love and light will shine forever in the hearts' of all he loved and who were loved in return.
Ray had a wonderful smile and most often a winning crib hand.

Our Deepest Sympathy,
Jane Karrel & John James

Susan Vincent

January 6, 2021

Nicole, Jackie, Dana and thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you remember and celebrate the joy brought to you courtesy of Ray, your step father/father. He will always be in your memories and hearts.

Judy Millett

January 6, 2021

Dear Joan and Mary,
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It’s been many years since I’ve seen him, but I’ve never forgotten him and the kindness he showed me when I needed it the most. He was a lovely man who always looked after his family and who loved you girls fiercely. That was obvious to me the first time I met him, when he was so happy to be almost home to you after a long trip away. I hope that you will be comforted a little by the many friends and family who share your grief. I have never forgotten your parents and the love they gave me. I honour their memories now as I always will.
Love to you both,
Judy Millett (Piller)

Kenneth McOnie

January 6, 2021

Sorry to hear Ray has passed. He was one of a kind, I lived with Ray and Sandra, worked with Ray for years..He was my best man when I got married, Unfortunately over the years we kind of got separated, But he was never forgotten..
Ken and Cathy McOnie