James Lawrence Cooper, Sr. - RIP

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed German (Admin) on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 09:32 pm:  Edit

James Lawrence Cooper, Sr.

January 7, 1939 - February 27, 2007

James Lawrence Cooper, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on January 7, 1939, in Neptune, N.J., the son of George and Margaret Cooper. He attended St. Rose Grammar School and Asbury Park High School.

He entered the Army in 1958 and served America for 20 years around the world including Germany, Korea, and Alaska before retiring as an Army Criminal Investigation Special Agent rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was cited for having the "utmost in attentiveness, reliability and integrity." In 1976, he was awarded a Certificate of Achievement as a "highly valued criminal investigator and an accomplished non-commissioned officer." Sergeant First Class Cooper's continuous display of maturity, superior performance and outstanding ability represent exceptional achievement and reflects great credit upon himself, the CID and the U.S. Army."

Sergeant Cooper never stopped working. Upon retirement, he worked for the UPS, owned Lefty's Tavern in Tacoma, worked as a private investigator, and then took up a second career as an investigator with the Washington State Department of Corrections for 20 years. There he was twice honored with the title of "Correctional Officer of the Year." Most recently, he worked as an immigration officer at NW Detention Center.

Sergeant Cooper leaves behind his devoted wife, Kum Son, his children Debbie Fralick (and her husband Daniel), James Lawrence Cooper, Jr., George Norman Cooper, IV (and his wife Heather), and Patricia Anne Cooper, and his five grandchildren, Joseph, Jonathan and Ariel Fralick, and Hailey and Rebekah Cooper. He is also survived by his brother George Norman Cooper, Jr., in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and two sisters, Margaret Ellen Cooper and Loretta Cooper Witt in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He should be remembered as a man dedicated to serving and protecting his family and to his work for the country and for the state of Washington. Jim loved his grandchildren. He served as an example to them as an enormously strong man who used his strength for good and an amazingly kind man who did the right thing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Burial was at Woodbine Cemetery in Puyallup, Washington.

Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 2, 2007.

The above information is from details which were online here at the time of posting.


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