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Obituary of Robert Gary Cooper

Sunrise: January 29, 1950               Sunset: March 03, 2019

Robert Gary Cooper was born on January 29,1950 to the late Robert and Ceola Cooper in the Bronx, New York.  Robert was the first born and eldest brother to seven siblings: Valarie, Ronald, Wayne, Robin, Donna, Renee and Marc. Robert Gary Cooper passed away peacefully on March 03, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones in South Carolina.

Robert was raised in the Bronx River Projects. He attended P.S. 77 and P.S. 93 in the Bronx, NY. He attended and graduated Dewitt Clinton High School located in the Bronx, NY.  He also attended Bishop College in Texas.

Robert served in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Tan Son Nhut 7th Air Force during the Vietnam War. Whenever you saw Gary, he was proudly attired in his Vietnam hat and jacket. He wore his colors with pride on a daily basis.

Robert also had several occupations. He worked as a bus operator for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; a 911 dispatch operator, and a New York City and State Corrections Officer.  After he retired, he decided to relocate to Summerville, South Carolina.

He was known to many as "Gary", "Coop", and "Cooper." He loved basketball. He loved watching college basketball over pro basketball. His favorite saying was,"Hamburger !"

Robert had six beautiful children thru his first union. His oldest son Darin Jamar Cooper preceded him in death. He is survived by his five daughters Nicole, Shaneen, Melissa, Krystal and Karen. He has one granddaughter J'Shanise.

He leaves behind his lovely wife Mrs. Michele Cooper, his children, granddaughter, siblings, and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and provider, and was loved by a multitude of family and friends.

He will be greatly missed.

A Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I keep hearing a voice that says,

“Grieve not for me.

Remember the best times,

the laughter, the song.

The good life I lived

while I was strong.

Continue my heritage,

I’m counting on you.

Keep smiling and surely

the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease,

my soul is at rest.

Remembering all,

how I truly was blessed.

Continue traditions,

no matter how small.

Go on with your life,

don’t worry about falls.

I miss you all dearly,

so keep up your chin.

Until the day comes

we’re together again.”

– Author Unknown


The family of Robert Gary Cooper, would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all acts of kindness and support shown to them during their time of bereavement.

A viewing will be held on March 14 from 6:00- 7:00 PM, followed by a service from 7:00- 8:00 PM at Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services (281 Treeland Drive, Ladson, SC 29456). Interment will be the following day, Friday, March 15, at Beaufort National Cemetery (1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC 29902).