OBITUARY

Donald Richard Cooper

September 19, 1938January 29, 2019
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Donald Richard Cooper left our lives on Tuesday January 29, 2019 in his New Hampshire home with his loving family. Donald lived a joyous life and will be missed by all whose lives were impacted by him. He was born on September 19, 1938 in Trenton, New Jersey and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. While serving his country, he met his wife, Barbara Madonna and together, they raised five children. He lovingly provided for his family and proudly served his country. After devoting 30 years to the Navy, he retired as Master Chief. Once retired from service, he worked an additional 25 years with Morale Welfare and Recreation at Naval Base Great Lakes, IL. Donald’s desire was to make people laugh at his dry, sometimes dirty jokes, and because he laughed so hard you couldn’t see his eyes, he was nicknamed, Bye-bye eyes. Donald will be remembered most for his generosity. Daddy loved his gadgets, if a new one came out not only did he get one, but his children, grandchildren and sisters got one, too. After the loss of his wife Barbara, Donald said that he wanted to go home to New England. There, he made a new life for himself with his children by starting a farm. He really enjoyed watching the chickens and ducks. In later years, Don became an avid movie watcher. His favorite was the John Wayne classic, “In Harm’s Way”. He was never shy to strike up a conversation. He enjoyed people and loved visiting with customers on the farm. We pray that we filled his heart with our love as he filled us with his. We did love him very much and he will be deeply missed. Donald is survived by his children; Jeffrey, Andrea, Gregory, Anita and Ariane; nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and his sisters; Carol, Diane and Joyce. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, father, Harold Cooper, his mother, Myrtle Knowlton and his brother, Robert Cooper. With God’s Grace we are filled with his spirit and will miss him every day. We love you Daddy!

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Deborah Locklear

February 10, 2019

Don always treated us with generosity and kindness.
Always pleasant and happy to welcome us into his home, treating us like family.
So sorry for the loss of this special man.
Hugs and prayers to the family; love you all.
Joe and Deb

Ninette Clark

February 9, 2019

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends. You will be sadly miss Donald. I know your happy up there being with Barbara and the rest of your family. Give her a big hug and kiss for me. Love you all much
Dave , Ninette and Giovanni Clark xoxoxox

Rhonda Flanary

February 8, 2019

I only had the opportunity to meet your daddy this past January but I found him to be very kind and pleasant with the sweetest smile and twinkling eyes. I love this family and send my deepest regard. Love and Friendship Rhonda Flanary

Dianne Witkowski

February 8, 2019

Paul and I would like to send our sympathy for whole family at this time in their lives.
Donald was a great guy to our family. He was great with everyone he came in contact with.

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Biography

Donald Richard Cooper left our lives on Tuesday January 29, 2019 in his New Hampshire home with his loving family. Donald lived a joyous life and will be missed by all whose lives were impacted by him.
He was born on September 19, 1938 in Trenton, New Jersey and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. While serving his country, he met his wife, Barbara Madonna and together, they raised five children. He lovingly provided for his family and proudly served his country. After devoting 30 years to the Navy, he retired as Master Chief. Once retired from service, he worked an additional 25 years with Morale Welfare and Recreation at Naval Base Great Lakes, IL.
Donald’s desire was to make people laugh at his dry, sometimes dirty jokes, and because he laughed so hard you couldn’t see his eyes, he was nicknamed, Bye-bye eyes.
Donald will be remembered most for his generosity. Daddy loved his gadgets, if a new one came out not only did he get one, but his children, grandchildren and sisters got one, too.
After the loss of his wife Barbara, Donald said that he wanted to go home to New England. There, he made a new life for himself with his children by starting a farm. He really enjoyed watching the chickens and ducks.
In later years, Don became an avid movie watcher. His favorite was the John Wayne classic, “In Harm’s Way”.
He was never shy to strike up a conversation. He enjoyed people and loved visiting with customers on the farm.
We pray that we filled his heart with our love as he filled us with his. We did love him very much and he will be deeply missed.
Donald is survived by his children; Jeffrey, Andrea, Gregory, Anita and Ariane; nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and his sisters; Carol, Diane and Joyce. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, father, Harold Cooper, his mother, Myrtle Knowlton and his brother, Robert Cooper.
With God’s Grace we are filled with his spirit and will miss him every day. We love you Daddy!