Thor B. Cooper

February 9, 2013       

ADAMS CENTER, N.Y.  —  Thor B. “Coop” Cooper, 68, of Caird Road, Adams Center, passed away Friday, Feb. 8,  in Lakeland, Fla., where he spent his winters.

Born May 29, 1944, in Watertown, a son of Frederick and Alice Ottersland Cooper, he graduated in 1962 from Watertown High School and was a member of the United States Army National Guard.

He married Judith W. Witkowski on Sept. 21, 1963, at Holy Family Church with Monsignor Pendergas officiating. Mrs. Cooper passed away Dec. 7, 2011.

At the age of fifteen, Mr. Cooper began working for Lathan Dodge Auto Dealership and became their service manager. Later working for Greenwood Buick as their general manager, he retired in 1991 due to a disability. 

He was a member of the Watertown Elks Lodge and enjoyed various bowling and golf leagues.

Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Lisa and William Skyles, Oceanside, Calif., Laurie and C. Michael Fitzsimmons, Watertown, a sister and her husband, Ann and Dean Chrissley, Dexter; a brother-in-law and his wife, Thomas and Debora Carey, Schenectady, four grandchildren, Alice and Judith Skyles and Madeline and Ian Fitzsimmons; two nephews, Dylan and Kevin Carey.

There are no calling hours or funeral service at this time. 

Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in the spring. 

Contributions may be made to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water Street, Watertown, NY 13601. 

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Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and, Watertown.