Winchester Press – obit – Edwin John Cooper
Edwin John Cooper
Edwin John Cooper of Pittston passed away suddenlyon Mon., April 28, 2008 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He was 73.
He was born in Edwardburgh Township on Feb. 4, 1935 to Ralph Cooperand Alice Sloan.
Ed is survived by his wife Mary, whom he married at East OxfordPresbyterian Church on Oct., 2, 1956, his son James, daughter-in-lawSusan, and grandsons Dennis and Edwin. He was predeceased by hisparents and his brother Lyle.
Ed graduated from the Kemptville Agricultural School in 1954 andin the following year, purchased his parents’ farm. Over time,he worked at expanding and improving the operation through theaddition of more acreage, the introduction of systematic tiledrainage, the building of a new dairy barn, and the expansionof the dairy heifer feedlot.
In the early years, Ed had a thriving business dealing in pigs.After his son started farming with him in 1978, they focussedon purebred Holstein cattle, which they bought and sold locally,as well as exported to the United States.
Ed was a member of Holstein Canada for over 50 years, and servedas a 4-H leader in the Grenville County for 25 years. Even hisleisure activities were farm-related, as he enjoyed travellingto the plowing match, taking soil and crop bus tours, visitingopen houses of new milking facilities, and other similar events.
Ed was also quite interested in auction sales and was instrumentalin his son becoming an auctioneer. He enjoyed being involved inhelping James build the family auction business. Above all, Edloved working with his grandsons, who are the fifth generationto sow a crop on the family farm.
The visitation and funeral took place at the Marsden and McLaughlinFuneral Home in Cardinal, with burial at St. John’s United Cemetery.Pallbearers were George Burchell, Gary Cooper, Bill Sloan, DavidSloan, Larry Sloan, and Ron Sloan. Honourary pallbearers wereLarry Conlin, Steve Conlin, Bill Cook, Gordon Dodge, Art Gillan,and Peter Heusser.
In memoriam donations to Pittston United Church would be gratefullyacknowledged by the family.