Leonard Cooper

Leonard Cooper

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Leonard J. Cooper, 84, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Carol Frawley Cooper; his brother, William A. Cooper; his daughters, Colleen (Robert) Walker, Sandra (Chris) Hirsh, Mary (Larry) Hughes; his son, Jeffrey Cooper; his grandchildren, Mandy (Greg) Walts, Michael Hirsh, Joshua Gates, April (Scott) Urban, Randi (Nicholas) Proukou, Ashley (Aaron)

Sirtoli, Ryanne Hughes, Travis Hughes, Lindsey

(Ryan) Hirsh, Kori Hughes, Kylee Hughes, Jeffrey Cooper, Jacob Cooper; and his great-grandchildren, Brian Fipps, Collin Fipps, Eva Fipps, Kelly Runge, Bailey Runge, Lukas Sirtoli, Levi Proukou, Evan Sirtoli, Keegan Sirtoli, and Maeve Urban.

Leonard was born July 21, 1932 to Alice (Kingsley) and

Leonard Cooper, Sr.. He attended primary and secondary school in North Syracuse and Central Square, graduating from Sandy Creek High School in 1949. He

received his Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY

Oswego in 1953, and his Master’s Degree from SUNY

Oswego in 1958. Leonard proudly served in the United

States Army prior to marrying his wife Carol in 1955. He

was also a member of the VFW Post 5540, Phoenix,

since 1957.

Leonard worked as a teacher in Brownville Schools and

in Baldwinsville Central Schools. He was quickly pro

moted to School Administration in Baldwinsville, and

served in that district for 39 years. Leonard helped

develop Baldwinsville’s first intramural and adult

education programs, notably, he was the first Director

of Personnel at Baldwinsville Schools.

After his retirement in 1989, Leonard continued his

dedication to the education system by acting as a NYS

Hearing Officer for disadvantaged students, assisting

in their placement for academic success. In the years

following, he held numerous state office titles within the

school administrators association. Additionally, an active

member of the First Congregational, UCC in Phoenix,

Leonard served as Chairman and member on the Board

of Trustees, and was integrally involved with Sunday

School operations.

As a lifelong sports enthusiast and avid golfer, Leonard

acted as President and founder of the Board of Directors

of the Beaver Meadows Golf & Recreation Association.

Furthermore, for 27 years, Leonard was a passionate

high school and collegiate level soccer referee. He

enjoyed most watching his children and grandchildren

participate in their various activities, both during and

after school age years. He took pride in achievements

of those he loved and relished celebrating their successes.

A celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the First

Congregational, United Church of Christ, 43 Bridge St.,

Phoenix, on Monday February 13, 2017. The family will

receive friends and loved ones from 1: 00 to 3:00 p.m..

The memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First

Congregational, UCC, General Operating Fund, in

memory of Leonard Cooper.

Arrangements in care of: Allanson-Glanville-Tappan

Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.
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