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William T. Cooper, Jr.  

William T. Cooper, Jr.

June 18, 1936 – March 7, 2017

William T. Cooper, Jr., age 80, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

A native Delawarean, Bill was born in Wilmington on June 18, 1936, and was the son of the late William and Helen (Jones) Cooper. “Coop” as he was fondly referred to by his colleagues and family, made his career as an equipment manager for the University of Delaware sports teams, retiring after over 40 years of service.

Bill was often described by those who knew him as big-hearted and kind and would literally give you the shirt off his back. He adored spending time with his nieces and nephews, and shared a special bond with his nephew, Billy with whom he was particularly close. Bill and his best friend, Larry Dworski were inseparable and constant companions. A true gentleman, he will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Bill will be greeted in Heaven by his sisters, Helen Cole, Mae Coyle and Dorothy Gardiner; and nephew, Billy Gardiner. He is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved him tremendously; and his caregivers, JoAnn Rucker of Newark and Debbie Jarrell of Bear.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of both Millcroft Nusing Home and the surgical care team in the Christiana Care Intensive Care Unit for the exceptional care they provided to Bill.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am on Saturday morning, March 11, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will be held at at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, Lancaster Ave. and DuPont Rd., Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christiana Care Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, c/o the Christiana Care Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  1. DAVE COLE, March 8, 2017

    You will be greatly missed,
    love David, Sandy, Brian and Brianna Cole

  2. Denise Andrews's tot, March 9, 2017

    Uncle Billy u were a good hearted person who was loved by so many people and will be dearly missed. Debbie and I enjoyed taking you to dinner with us and will miss you. When I go to Outback I will think of you and how much you loved that blooming onion.Rest in Peace Uncle Billy. Love Ya, Denise ❤

  3. Gregg Perry, March 9, 2017

    To Debbie Jarrell and Family of Bill Cooper,

    Please accept my and Joyce Perry’s sincerest condolences for the loss of your family member, Bill. We were both very fortunate to have spent the time we did with Bill as colleagues in the UD athletic department. We both were fond of Bill and Billy. I wish you all the best as you accept your loss and move forward with great memories of Bill Cooper. He was a special person to many.

    Gregg Perry

  4. Pat Cannon, March 9, 2017

    Great memories with Coop at UD playing football…. still have game jerseys he gave me.
    Loved that guy…. RIP Coop

  5. Dottie Ashley, March 9, 2017

    Uncle Billy, Near Or Far You were Loved by Many and will never be Fotgotten. We all new Family was your most important. Love Dottie, Dawn, Danielle.

  6. Dottie Ashley, March 9, 2017

    Uncle Billy, Near Or Far You were Loved by Many and will never be Forgotten. We all new Family was your most important. Love Dottie, Dawn, Danielle.

  7. Father Christopher W LaBarge, March 10, 2017

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Coop in 1971-73.

  8. JHC, March 10, 2017

    Dear family and loved ones, my sincere condolences for your loss. May “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,” comfort you at this time. (2 Corinthians 1: 3) -JHC

  9. Jennifer, March 10, 2017

    Uncle Billy,

    You will be greatly missed. Not only by me, but by everyone you have met. You were a caring man that loved your family more than anything. Love, your great niece Jennifer

  10. Bryan Denbrock, March 18, 2017

    Uncle Billy,

    You were very special! We love you and know we will see you again! John 11:25

    Diane, Bill & Bryan


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