OBITUARY

Hamish Cooper

March 11, 1939November 4, 2020
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My dad was born in Dumbarton, Scotland better known as the ancient capital. He was from a small family of two boys. He became joiner/carpenter by trade and immigrated to Canada the first time in 1957. He soon realized it was a lonely country when all that you loved was still in Scotland, especially that fiery redhead Shona. He soon sent for his sweetheart and they were married in 1958, started a family right away, and quickly followed by a serious bout of homesickness. They returned to Scotland to spend a few year and complete their own family…..one daughter Heather, and two sons Jimmy (deceased) and David.

After the birth of their second son, it was quickly decided that Canada was a better place to be and so off the little family went to a new life in Canada. Hamish went first to get things ready and the family soon followed. He bought a home in Scarborough where the family lived for over 20 years. During that time he worked construction on some of the famous landmarks in downtown Toronto….CN tower, Eatons Centre, Royal Bank plaza etc. His work also took him out of town and away from his family from time to time. On one such occasion he ended up in Newfoundland. His family was everything to him and so when he was required back a home quickly, he ventured out in a blinding blizzard that resulted in serious injuries and a lengthy hospital stay. This was in 1977 and marked the end of his working career. This accident is what also led up to his diagnosis with Parkinsons Disease and epilepsy.

Hamish and his wife Shona, decided to move out of Toronto to enjoy an early, even if somewhat forced, retirement. This gave them both the opportunity to better pursue their hobbies, especially Hamish. They purchased a home with acreage in Peterborough where Hamish kept and pursued his love of homing pigeons. He travelled all over the continent racing these birds and even went so far as to sneak eggs into the country from one of his trips home to Scotland. It was quite a task to say the least. He had the eggs is a container with cotton batten and guarded them with his life. He took them everywhere with him to ensure their warmth and safety til he could get them back to Canada and under one of his own birds. They spent 25 years in Peterborough until failing health caused them sell up and return to Scarborough. They were an amazing couple, the true definition of til death do us part. My mother took care of my dad until she passed away suddenly Easter 2018. They had been married for 60 years. Lord knows I thought my mother deserved sainthood for looking after him.

My dad could be a stubborn, trying individual but I wouldn’t have changed him for the world. Anyone looking in would have thought what a dysfunctional family…..terms of endearment from my dad usually contained four letter words in the same sentence and I don’t mean L O V E. But he always said what he meant and meant what he said.

He loved the casino, his pigeons and his family most of all. If he was here he would tell you he had a good life. He was ready to go a long time ago. He watched his 3 of his 4 grandchildren grow up to adulthood. Unfortunately, he did not get the opportunity to watch Adam grow to adulthood, he was taken too soon. He even walked one of his granddaughters down the aisle. And best of all, he met his great grandchildren and got to be part of their life for a short time. This is a life a lot of people don’t get to experience. He had no regrets…..well except the casino closed down due to Covid before he got to win big again.

He leaves behind his daughter Heather, son David and his wife Laurie, grandchildren Matthew, Sarah and Kayode, Alexis and Tianna. And his great grandchildren Zoe and KJ (Kayode James) better known as Kick and Punch to his papa.

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Hugh Purdie

November 11, 2020

Hamish Cooper, Colin Wilson and I first met at West Bridge End Primary School, Dumbarton, we were only 5 years old. We remained good friends through our teenage years and shared a lot of good times together, too many to mention and some we didn't own up too!
As time moved on, Hamish emigrated to Canada and Colin to Australia. Through Hamish's efforts we kept in touch and remained best friends for 77 years. I have great memories of growing up with this man. He will always have a special place in my heart and will never be forgotten. R.I.P Hamish, until we meet again, sending condolences to your family.
Hugh x

David Cooper

November 9, 2020

the best dad anyone could have wished for. I will miss you very much. That said, I take solice in knowing that you are with mum, jimmy and Adam, and all those who went before they have all been waiting for you.
i love you

Tianna Gettin-Young

November 9, 2020

I’ve known papa for the past 2 and a half years and I must say he was a very genuine soul. Every time I’ve visited his home, I never left without a good laugh and eating one of his fruit cups. A fond memory I have with papa is that every birthday and Christmas he never left me out. I really appreciate papa he’s the only grandpa I’ve ever had. I love you and I’ll see you again one day but for now I’m gonna take care of Alexis and we’ll also keep your name as golden as you were ❤️

Heather Cooper

November 8, 2020

Oh Dad

I don't even know where to start. I have been a daddy's girl my whole life . Nothing I ever wanted was denied. You looked after me from the day I was born, helped me through every difficult obstacle in my life. You and mom were my pillars. It was my honour and duty to return just a little bit of what you gave to me. I have looked after you for the past few years, it wasn't easy, but I wouldn't change it for the world.

Please make sure and give everyone a big hug and kiss from me when you reach your final destination. Especially my mom, Jimmy and Adam.

I love you Dad and I am not sure what I am going to do with all my free time now.....maybe I will spend some time on your favourite slot machine. Hopefully you know how to make it pay out from the other side.

Love
Heather

Bose George

November 7, 2020

A tree has fallen. I was so shocked when I heard the news because the Papa I knew was so full of life! It was such a blessing to meet him and celebrate Sarah and Kay's wedding with him, and laugh at his jokes told in a super brogue accent. He was a warm and welcoming individual- one definitely felt right away that he was a straight up straightforward guy. Its a beautiful thing to learn more about his life with the family and the pigeon adventures (How did I not Know!?) He was the definition of a Papa and he leaves behind a beautiful legacy. May he rest in eternal peace reunited with his sweetheart. Heather and the rest of the family, may you find comfort in knowing he led a full and long life and he lived it his way.

Matthew Cooper

November 6, 2020

Too many memories , many and most good. Papa was one of a kind and I'll miss him everyday. I love you papa

Ann Moses

November 6, 2020

Uncle Hamish, he helped me come to Canada in 1970 I spent 6Years under his roof. When I came home from work with a pay chq. He always made sure I put money in the bank.
He was a collector of many coins I remember looking them over with him. He took his family and myself to Algonquin Park the 1st Summer I was here... great memories! His Dad (Papa Jimmy) loved the horses as did I and we all went to Greenwood race track to see the pacers and trotters.
He also walked me down the aisle.
l have lot's of good memories and thank him so much for helping me come here. He is now with my Aunt Shona and all the family in Heaven no more suffering Rest in Peace Hamish. Thanks for the memories!!!!xxxx Love you!

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