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Stuart Richard Cooper

Stuart Richard Cooper, age 77, left this earth on December 8th, 2011 where he had been hospitalized inBaltimore,MD.  A beloved husband of 52 years to Alma (Shedroff) Cooper and a sweet, loving and caring  father to his two daughters in the arts;  Marcia J. Cooper (NYC) and Roslyn McGrath (Marquette, Michigan), a caring brother to Marion Friedman (Virginia Beach, VA).  He was a loving father-in-law to Preston Gumberich (NYC), Kevin McGrath (Michigan) and his son Aaron McGrath (MN) and dear cousin Florence Brenner of Baltimore, MD.  Stuart also leaves behind a brother-in-law Marshall Friedman, niece Heather Swanberg with children  Alyssa Joy and Jack Brian and niece Sherri Kitzmuller, her husband James and children Tara and Monique (VA). Born on January 9th, 1934 inNew Haven,CTand raised inWest Haven,CT, his  father, Jack Cooper, was born inLondon,Englandand mother Dorothy Schimmerling Cooper Curtiss was a native ofWest Haven,CT.  He graduated West Haven High School (’51) and Quinnipiac University, School of Business, BS (’56) and was a veteran of the US Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Edisto, an ice-breaker that travelled to the North Pole, Greenland and Cuba (’58). Stuart Cooper moved toNew York Cityin 1959 where he married, raised his family and lived in Bayside, Queens from 1964 until moving to Falling Waters,West Virginiain 1998.  His business career included salary administration and computer work as a Systems Analyst for the banking industry, Levitt and Sons Home Builders and Paramount Pictures, followed by his opening a hardware store in Bayside,Queens.  Upon retirement, Stuart began research and study on his long-life passion in Eastern European history and Genealogy from which he uncovered and developed volumes of historical data.  He also held a commitment to Nature which he expressed through Photography and Gardening.   Other passions include a lifelong appreciation of music, especially Opera.

Graveside funeral service at the Kesser Israel Memorial Park, Farwell St., Allingtown, West Haven Thursday afternoon at 1. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to “Habitat for Humanity, Gift from the Heart” as Stuart Cooper greatly cared about the well being of others.


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