Zeller Chapel of the Roses

2107 NE Broadway ST, Portland, OR


Robert "Bob" Thomas Cooper

April 26, 1966May 18, 2019

Bob was born on April 26, 1966 to Thomas and Barbara Cooper in Portland, Oregon. He left us to meet the Lord on May 18, 2019. In the space between, he was a beloved son, brother, uncle, dad and friend to those who knew him.

He graduated from Grant High School in 1984 and was an athletic standout and scholar athlete. He was the center and nose guard on the football team - which led to Shriner’s All-Star honors, a national freestyle champion and State tournament placer on the wrestling team, a shot putter and discus thrower on the track team and an outstanding baseball player for the time that he participated. He was the 1982 Multnomah Athletic Scholarship Award winner and a member of the GHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bob attended Portland State University on a full-ride, wrestling scholarship and was on the football team for the 1985 season. He was a valued member of the wrestling team for the duration of his PSU tenure, a member of the 1989 Division II National Championship Team and graduated in 1989 with a Business degree.

Bob was married then divorced. His daughter, Abigail Georgena Cooper, resided with him and was the light of his life, the recipient of his deepest love and source of his greatest pride. There was nothing that he loved more than watching Abby on the basketball court, sharing time with her and supporting her many activities.

Bob had a successful sales career in the steel and telecommunications industries and was an employee at Farwest Steel at the time of his death. He loved to be on the water, fishing and boating with family and friends. He invested in and retained life-long relationships – fiercely loyal and caring deeply while the source of endless belly aching laughter.

He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and enjoyed being part of the annual Salmon Feed. Bob is survived by his daughter, Abby Cooper; his parents, Tom and Barbara Cooper; his sister, Theresa Carey-Brill and husband, Matt Brill, their children Melissa Carey and Megan Brill; his sister, Lynn Tigard and husband, Charles Tigard.

The Rosary will be read on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Zeller Chapel of the Roses. A funeral will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception following at the German American Society of Portland.


  • Rosary Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Robert "Bob" Thomas Cooper

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Deborah Lee

May 26, 2019

Dear Tom & Barbara,

We are both so sorry to hear about the passing of your son Robert. Both of you, and your family are in our thoughts are prayers.


Debbie Lee & Bob Jones

Diana Kane

May 23, 2019

Dear Abbey

We are so very sorry for your loss.


Diana and Gerard

Dave Clark

May 22, 2019

I’ve been thinking about all the time we spent together when we were young. Living as close as we did and spending as much time together as we did we were more like brothers that lived in different houses then cousins. Memories of fishing at Kelley Point, whiffle ball in front of my folk’s house, spending Christmas morning at Grandma’s house with Grandpa’s old socks hanging in front of the fireplace, one for each of us kids, and that darned orange VW. Time and life happened, and we grew apart. You had your family and I had mine. Next thing you know years have passed and something as easy as a phone call or letter just doesn’t happen. I can’t tell you how many times I wondered what you were up to and how you were doing. I thought I should try to reach out and contact Bob, get back in touch. Funny how easy it is to put off something as simple as a call.
I will always cherish the times we spent together and will miss the chance to reminisce about the past as old men sitting on the front porch.

Bonnie Ramirez

May 22, 2019

I was very saddened by the news of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob, he was a good man and in telecom, that says a LOT.

What I learned of Bob, was that he would do anything for anyone, he was always positive when times were tough. His office was filled with pictures of his daughter and every now and then he would bring her into work. His was the proudest dad on earth!

I know that Bob will always be watching over his daughter with that smile on his face.

God Bless.

Joseph Vallejo

May 22, 2019

I only knew Bob for a few months; but we spent a fair amount of time talking on the phone, making jokes, having lunch and became quick friends. He came and watched my son play football, and I look forward to watching his little girl play basketball. He was a good man, that loved his daughter, and was extremely proud of her. He knew the LORD and I am sure we will meet again. See you on the other side, Bobby! You will be missed...

Jean-Marie Kane

May 21, 2019

Dear Abby
I am so sorry for you loss.