Gary Cooper 1938 — 2019

Gary Cooper

Thomas Garrick “Gary” Cooper of Kamloops passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 80 years of age. He is survived by his children, Glenn (Joanne) of Revelstoke, Grant (Shelley) of Vernon, Michelle (Chris) of Brentwood Bay and Jason of Kamloops; grandchildren Ryan (Tammie), Crystal (Steve), Preston, Hillary, Alex, Elaina and Gemma; great grandchildren Blake, Ashton and Hayden; siblings Mel, Wayne and Lynne, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Ronald and Mildred Cooper, sister Stephanie, and brother Ron.

Dad’s involvement with Cooper’s Foods, the Blazers Hockey Club and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops, gave Dad many fond memories.

We love you Dad, Grampa and Brother.

We will miss you, but our treasured memories will be with us forever.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to all who cared for Dad during his short illness, Dr. Jason O’Connell, the Nurses at Royal Inland Hospital, Interior Health, and the Nurses and Care Aides at Trinity Hospice.

The Memorial Mass will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2826 Bank Rd., Kamloops. Monsignor Jerry Desmond, Celebrant.

Memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to the Autism Society of British Columbia or the BC Cancer Foundation. Flowers graciously  declined.

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9 Tributes

  1. Tim Schneider
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    My condolences to your family. He was a great man.

  2. Lauraine Wakelty
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know Gary at work. I enjoyed your friendly welcome and our conversations. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep you til we meet again.

  3. Rowena Martin
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of helping Gary many times with the insurance for the diocese vehicles. He was a true gentleman and I will miss seeing him.

    My condolences to the family on your loss.

  4. Sharon Annis /Tilley
    Posted April 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    To your whole family so sorry for your loss. Gary was one of the first of the Cooper Family members that I had the privilege to meet and work for. Always a Great Smile. Keep smiling Gary!

  5. Clara Fouillard
    Posted April 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Having worked with Gary at the Chancery for almost 25 years, his bright mind, ready wit and helpful ways were very much appreciated. Rest in peace.

  6. Brad Stinn
    Posted April 19, 2019 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I want to offer my deepest condolences as I was truly saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I have wonderful memories of working with him and my father on the Carmel of St. Joseph monastery project. I always looked forward to talking and spending time with Gary. You will truly be missed Gary.

  7. Fr Andrew L'Heureux
    Posted April 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you God for Gary Cooper who really used his gifts and talents in the service of God. Gary was always generous when it came to giving support for the mission of the church. As a priest I witness this many times. If it was for the work of God He always found a way for the diocese to support it. He spend tireless effort to make sure the diocese was financially on good footing. His work an skill are the very reason our dioceses can now look after itself. He financially administered the diocese through some very tough and lean times. Thank you Gary for the joy and the diligence in which you served. May the Lord Grant you a reward for your labour.

  8. Howard stein
    Posted April 20, 2019 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    We send our heartfelt condolences for your family’s loss i worked at coopers for many years and enjoyed it very much especially working with Gary ..howard stein

  9. Ted Noakes
    Posted April 23, 2019 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. I remember many great hours over at the Coopers when living in Westsyde. A great community leader he will be missed by everyone.

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