Cornelius “Neil” Cooper, age 79, of Marion passed away peacefully Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at home in Marion MA.
He was the widower of the late Margaret A. “Peggy” (Dunham) Cooper with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. He was engaged to be married to Judie Kleven.
Born in Patterson NJ, the son of the late Harry and Julia (Bender) Cooper, he lived in Mattapoisett most of his life.
Mr. Cooper was formerly employed by AP Exhaust Products and was the owner of Cooper’s Muffler and Brake shop in North Dartmouth before retiring.
Mr. Cooper served in the 82nd airborne division of the US Army in the 1950s.
He was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends, family and neighbors. He was known for his generous spirit and gentle kindness.
Survivors include his fiancée, Judie Kleven; a daughter, Christy Guillotte and her husband Ronnie Guillotte of Wareham, a son, Clint Cooper and his wife Megan of Mattapoisett; 2 sisters, Judy Reitsma and Jill Burns; a brother, Tom Cooper; 4 grandsons, Tom DeBortoli and his fiancé Julie Ingham, Samuel Cooper, Henry Cooper, Colin Cooper; a granddaughter, Madalyn Cooper; 4 great grandchildren, Aaliyah Ingham, Emily DeBortoli, Ceri DeBortoli, and Brieann DeBortoli; and several nieces and nephews.
His private Funeral Service will be held later in the spring when it is safe to gather and celebrate his life.