OBITUARY

Dr. Peter C. Cooper

August 31, 1960November 4, 2021
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Peter C. Cooper, age 61, of Pontiac, was born August 31, 1960 in East Lansing and passed away November 4, 2021 in Pontiac. Beloved husband of LaVette Anderson-Cooper. Loving father of Lilyanne Cooper, and step-father of Sasha Bennette-Sims. Proud step-grandfather of Rose Sims. Dear brother of Christian (Denise) Cooper, Lizanne (Abubaker Bushagour) Cooper, and James (Margaret) Cooper. Peter was preceded in passing by his parents, Robert and Helen Cooper.

We are sad to announce that Peter Collins Cooper died November 4, 2021 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Pete Cooper was the second child born to Bob and Bette Cooper. He was born in East Lansing, Michigan on August 31, 1960 while Bob was still in graduate school studying Structural Engineering at Michigan State University. Before Pete, older brother Chris was born in 1959.

Shortly after Pete was born, the family moved to Warner Drive in Orchard Lake, Michigan and it was there that the family was completed with the additions of Lizanne and Jim Cooper.

Pete Cooper spent his entire childhood on Warner Drive and he truly enjoyed his childhood, playing with his siblings and neighborhood kids in the open fields and on the lake.

Pete was a Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle and Order of the Arrow. Pete umpired little league baseball and worked several years on the grounds for Bay Pointe Country Club. His work performance there is the direct reason his brothers were hired to also work there.

Pete attended Walled Lake Central High School. He competed and lettered in cross country, basketball, and tennis. Pete was involved in High School Marching Band, eventually becoming the drum major. Pete graduated from Central with honors and then attended the University of Michigan, where he was in the Marching Band his entire undergraduate years. He played trumpet in the Marching Band and played in Rose Bowl games, parades and special events like the Super bowl held at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 where he “kinda” met singer Diana Ross. Pete graduated from U of M in Dentistry and worked as a Dentist in Owosso, Walled Lake, and Detroit, before owning his own Dentistry business in Waterford.

Pete was a highly accomplished runner, running almost 300 events of marathon length or longer and traveling and running in all 50 states and Europe. Pete was an enthusiastic musician, playing the trumpet, the bagpipes, the guitar, piano and singing in the Orchard Lake Community Church Presbyterian Choir. He also played in a band with his brother Jim. Pete enjoyed gardening with native plants and his yard was honored multiple times by being included in the Pontiac Garden Club tour. Pete was also a huge lover of animals and adopted/rescued many dogs and cats over the years. His last pet was his devoted and loving Pekichon dog Nikki, who stayed by his side until the end.

Despite his devotion to these activities, Pete was most fulfilled with the birth of his daughter Lilyanne, and then when he met and married his love LaVette Anderson.

A link in the Cooper sibling chain is broken and can never be replaced. Pete will be truly missed by his family, relatives, friends and community.

Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, November 12, 2021 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11:00am (Gathering 10:00am) at Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian, 5171 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake. Inurnment at Pine Lake Cemetery, West Bloomfield.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Head for the Cure Foundation.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Memorial Gathering

    Saturday, November 13, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 13, 2021

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Crystal Miller-Williams

November 12, 2021

Peter and his wife LaVette were traveling for a marathon race here in Virginia. They stopped by our home for a short visit. My grandson Nasir was 4 years old at the time. Nasir gave Peter a children's book to read. Our other two grandchildren came in and Nasir left Peter and went on with them to play. Peter kept the book open to the page where he left off. Nasir's dad told Peter you can close the book Nasir is not returning. Peter laughed and said "oh he's not" Nasir's dad laughed and said "no". Peter was a great and kind person.

Mary Kosobucki

November 12, 2021

Dear Lily,

I am so sorry about your dad. Losing a parent is one of the most difficult things in life, but I hope the memories you have of him help you through the tough days ahead.

I was fortunate to have lived next door to your dad for two years while at Michigan. We became good friends and shared a lot of laughs. The times I spent with your dad and his family were always a great deal of fun. You come from two very loving families.

Lily, you were the light of your dad’s life! Always remember that he’ll be with you always in your heart and watching over you forever.

Love and hugs,
Mary Kosobucki

Caryl Charmaine Simplis

November 11, 2021

Lavette And Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of bereavement.

Dale Garber

November 11, 2021

I loved being with Pete every homecoming with the MMB alumni band. We shared so many common interests (trumpet, running, dentistry) and I am so fortunate to have had those wonderful experiences with him. I am sad that I will be out of town this weekend and unable to attend, but my thoughts will be with Pete's family and friends.

Dale Garber

Claudette Harris

November 11, 2021

LaVette and family: you are in my thoughts and prayers. It was a pleasure to meet and know Peter in the brief time that I was blessed to do so.

Love,
Cousin LaVette

Jan Wassemiller

November 8, 2021

I knew Peter from OLCC,P choir. His positive spirit and excellent musical abilities were so appreciated---singing, trumpet, bagpipe---he constantly amazed me with his talent.

When I got to know him and LaVette more---and heard about his goal for reaching 300 marathons in his lifetime, I was stunned. I think he came very close to reaching that goal and tried with all his might to make it to that goal.

I will miss his smile and wit---a very caring person. He has been missed with his long battle in the last couple of years. I am so thankful that LaVette was so strong and faithful to allow him to be cared for in the home with such dignity. What a gift of love!
My heartfelt sympathy goes to all the family at this time.

Felicia Lewis-Williams

November 7, 2021

Thanks for being such a kind, loving man. It was a pleasure knowing you and experiencing the love you showered on our dear Cousin Lavette. May your family know you were generous with your love, time and gifts to all you encountered through your journey. Your life was a well run race. You have finished triumphantly. May God's Holy Spirit provide peace and comfort to your family and friends during this challenging season. We love you... James, Felicia & David Williams

Scott Freeman

November 6, 2021

My thoughts are with all the Cooper's. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.

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Peter with Father-in-law Tariq Azeez 9/26/2015

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Peter with daughter Lilyanne 9/26/2015

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Peter with siblings Jim, Liz and Chris 9/26/2015

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Peter and LaVette with Father Norman Thomas and Pastor Sarah Linn 9/25/2015

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Peter and LaVette 9/26/2015

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Peter and LaVette, step daughter Sasha, brothers Jim and Chris, daughter Lilyanne 9/26/2015

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Daughter Lilyanne and stepdaughter Sasha 9/26/2015

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Peter and stepgranddaughter Rose 11/2014