Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident James William Cooper, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.
Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at The Homer Elks Lodge, 215 Jenny Way, in Homer.
Mr. Cooper was born July 19, 1949, to Donald and Mary Ann (Cavalli) Cooper, in Blaine, Wash. He moved to Alaska in 1973, living in Valdez, Copper Center and Anchorage before moving to Homer. Mr. Cooper worked as a journeyman lineman in Valdez and Homer. He was a safety director for Chugach Electric Association and Homer Electric Association and also served as the business rep for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Anchorage. Mr. Cooper retired from Homer Electric three years ago. He loved fishing, hunting and camping.
The family wrote, "Jim loved spending time with his grandkids and tinkering in his garage. Weekends were spent entertaining friends and family around the backyard bonfire. His favorite place to be was on the waters of Kachemak Bay. Many visitors started thinking of the Cooper residence as their Homer home after being a weekend guest. Those that knew "Coop" best describe him as larger than life."
He was preceded in death by his parents and his newborn son in 1993.
Jim is survived by his wife, Kelly Cooper, of Homer; sons, Leo Cooper, of Homer, and Justin Cooper of Kent, Wash.; daughters, Veronica Cooper, of Cheyenne, Wyo. Carla Hurn, of Anchorage, Julie Kramme, of Blaine, Wash., and Christy Imperio, of Blaine, Wash.; sister, Joanne Cooper, of Blaine, Wash.; seven grandchildren; mother and father in-laws and multiple sister and brother in-laws.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
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