George T. Cooper, 88, Bristol

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George T. Cooper was born in Lincoln, RI in 1924.  He resided on Sherman Ave. in Bristol for over 50 years.   He spent the last three and a half months at the Grace Barker Nursing Center in Warren where he was comforted until he passed from this world October 20, 2012.  He was 88.

He is the son of the late Fred and Thetis (Livingston) Cooper.  He was husband of the late Juliette (Cathelin), the late Olga A. (Garver) Gendron, and the late Olivia V. (Machado) Simao.  He survived a step-daughter, the late Patricia (Gendron) Archambault, his great-grandson, the late Kamerun Vargas, his daughter, the late Cherylann (Cooper) Vargas, and a dear companion, the late Leonora D. Silvia.

He is survived by his sisters, Margaret L. Sargeson, of Lincoln and Lucy C. Urick, of Bonita Springs, Flor.;  brother-in-law Robert H. Sargeson of Lincoln; daughters Rebecca (Simao) Rishe of Easely, S.C., and Cinderella (Simao) Bicki of Liberty, S.C.; son-in-law John L. Vargas of Vallejo, Calif.; son George P. Cooper and his wife Karen A. (Baxter) Cooper of Bristol; grandchildren: Jennifer, and Laura  Vargas, Kimberly A. Pierson and Brian D. Rishe, Zachary A. and Nathanael A. Cooper; four great-grandchildren with another due soon, and a long time companion, Veronica B. Carreiro.

George was a graduate of Central Falls High School, Oklahoma A&M (State), and URI (MBA).  He enlisted in the Navy during WWII serving in the Pacific aboard aircraft carriers, maintaining night fighter radar.  After the war, he briefly worked at the White Sands Proving Grounds in N.M., fitting electronic devices on captured German V-2 rockets.  He was subsequently employed with General Electric for four decades as an electrical/manufacturing engineer, working on jet engines, transformers, and lamp bases.

He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Bristol for over 50 years.  He was involved in many clubs and organizations including various engineering societies, the Freemasons, IOOF, the Prince Henry Club, American Legion and others.  In the past, he was also active in local politics.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of this remarkable man will be held at the First Congregational Church, 281 High St. in Bristol on Saturday November 3, 2012, at 10 a.m.  His remains will be laid to rest beside Juliette on Swans Island, Maine, where they had a summer home.

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