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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
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.Print This Obituary & Condolences