It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Byron Cooper on February 12, 2017 at the age of 85.

Predeceased by his parents George and Marion Cooper, brothers James, Harvey, Thomas, parents in-law George and Malina Austin, brothers in-law John Latimer, Clark Switzerr, Roland Sheppard, Mark Worthman, Phillip White, and sister in-law Irene.

Leaving to mourn his loving wife Ramona of 59 years, his three daughters Sharon King (Henry), Gail Saffin (Bruce), Lisa Cooper (Darcy), two grandchildren Adam and Jillian (John), one brother Ralph (Sandra), four sisters Nori, Winnie (Reg), Olive and Ruby, sisters in-law Cynthia, Betty, Ruth (Frank), Delores, Chris (Patrick) and brother in-law Clayton (Betty) and a large circle of other relatives and friends.

Byron was born in Newfoundland and worked as a brick layer and then a projectionist for Famous Players Theatres. Upon retirement he moved to British Columbia to be near his daughters. Byron and Ramona settled in Grand Forks where they forged valuable friendships and became members of the community through their church and community activities. Byron was an avid crib player recognized in the local paper for gaining the elusive “29” hand. He enjoyed spending time at the Seniors’ Centre, the Legion, and St. John’s United Church. These relationships were very important and cherished.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Reverend Kim Horwood, all the members of St. John’s United Church who graciously came together in a time of need, the first responders team, Grand Forks Funeral Home, The Royal Canadian Legion, and all our friends who brought or sent food, flowers, cards, phone calls, emails, and personal support.

Byron will be dearly missed by his family. A celebration of life was held at St. John’s United Church on February 17, 2017.

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