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COOPER, Peter Leonard

July 12, 1924 – September 16, 2012

The family announces with sorrow the death of Peter Leonard Cooper on September 16, 2012 at the age of 88.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Betty Cooper, in February of this year. He is survived by his son Richard, daughter-in-law Betty Lou, and granddaughter Katja Cooper, of whom he was very proud, as well as many nieces and nephews in Canada and abroad.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Peter completed his wartime service in the New Zealand Army. He and Betty came to Calgary in 1950 where Peter began his career as an aerial photographer at Imperial Oil. He was also very active in the early ski scene in Calgary and Banff and for many years wrote ski columns and supplements for The Albertan, later moving to the Calgary Herald. Peter also freelanced for many major North American ski publications. He was a founding member of the Canadian Ski Patrol and the Calgary Mountain Club, and for several years was a member of the ski school at Sunshine Village. He is fondly remembered by many friends from “the old Banff days.”

Following his retirement from Esso after thirty-two years of service, Peter and Betty set out to see the world. They traveled extensively and intrepidly in every corner of the globe, including tackling four circumnavigations by freighter. These journeys are described in vivid detail in Peter’s remarkable collection of diaries amounting to many hundreds of pages.

A Celebration of Peter’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Peter Cooper a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park/ Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dorothy Hampton :

    On behalf of the Esso Annuitant Club I want to offer our sincere sympathy to the family of Peter Cooper on their loss of a wonderful father and grandfather. We recognize this has been a difficult year with the loss of Peter’s wife, Betty in February.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Outreach of the Esso Annuitant Club of Calgary.

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  2. Ray and Gloria Wilkinson :

    “The old Banff days” brings back memories of ski trips that also included Art Klingspor – great days.
    Our sincerest condolences.

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  3. On behalf of the extended Faux family I offer our sympathy and condolences to the family of Peter Cooper.

    I first met Pete and Betty when we worked in the same Imperial Oil office in Calgary, sometime in 1969. We quickly became friends and I was drawn to Pete’s sense of humour and his original “take” on most things, particularly those related to work and life in general.

    Pete and I corresponded over the years as I moved around the oil-patch, though in the late 70’s we were again briefly in the same Calgary office, when he taught my kids to down-hill ski at Fortress. Once, memorably, we met at the “east facing lion at Trafalgar Square” with me arriving in London from the Far East and Pete arriving from the Far West (his suggestions and phrases, of course). We also met in Paris and several other times in London, and my kids all visited Bennett Crescent for a free nights kip and some of Betty’s grub during their travelling years.

    Many of Pete’s sayings and ideas have now passed down to my grandkids, much to his delight. All of us who knew him agree that we wouldn’t have minded being “roped to Pete on the North Face of the Eiger”, this scenario being Pete’s ultimate measure of a person’s grit and strength of character. Pete was a true “one-off” and will be missed.

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