Donald M Cooper

July 25, 1928November 7, 2012

Donald M. Cooper, 84, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the M.I. Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Donald was born on July 25, 1928 in Johnson City but was raised in Unadilla and Sidney. He was the son of the late Joseph and Dewey (Lampman) Cooper. He married Anna Pasko on May 23, 1954 in St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta. She predeceased him on December 21, 2011.

Don was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta. He was past president and secretary for the 6th Ward Athletic Club in Oneonta, a long time scout master for the Boy Scout Troop #24. He was a founding member of the Catskill Astronomical Society. He served his country during the Korean War as a member of the US Army 1st Armored Division, the “Big Red One”.

He was an avid NY Giants fan.

Don is survived by his son, Phillip Cooper and his wife, Tina of Oneonta; his beloved granddaughter, Emily Cooper.

He is also survived by his nieces, Mary Powell, RoseAnne Pirone and her husband, William “Bud” and their children, and Elizabeth Powell; his nephews, Christopher Powell, Frederick Powell and his wife, Susan and their children, Ana and Heather and his niece, Linda Bradley and her husband, Ed and his great friend, Claude Baldwin and his wife, Reva.

Donald was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his sister, Pauline Hoag, and his sister-in-law, Mary Powell and her husband, Fred.

A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Noon on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta with Fr. Kenneth E. Hunter, pastor, officiating. June Sheehan will be the organist and Mary Anne Ross will be the vocalist for the Mass. Interment will follow in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 5 to 7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta at which time the family will be in attendance.

Don had recently been living at the Otego Manor in Cooperstown, a wonderful place where residents come to live and not to just fade away. We want to thank them for all the loving care they gave Don. “Save the Manor”

Donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Oneonta Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1083, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website:

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2012
  • Requiem Mass Saturday, November 10, 2012

Donald M Cooper

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Robyn Reynolds

November 10, 2012

Blessings to Phil and your family, have not seen you in a long time, but remember good times with your Dad, Claude and my dad Red Hopper.
Robyn (Steinbraker) Reynolds

wayne+Margo Heck

November 10, 2012

Sorry to hear of you lose. Our prayers are with you.

Country Meadows

November 9, 2012

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Love your friends and family at Otsego Manor "Country Meadows".