Paul M. Cooper, 75, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of New Castle, Del., passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.
He was born in Wilmington, Del., on Feb. 17, 1944, son of the late George H. Cooper Jr. and the late Estelle K. (Flinn) Cooper. He was a 1963 graduate of William Penn High School and then proudly served in the Delaware Army National Guard from 1964 to 1970. During this time, he also worked in the family business, Cooper Brothers Plumbing & Heating.
Influenced by his service with the National Guard, in 1969, Cooper chose a career in law enforcement with the City of Wilmington Police Department. During his 25 years of service there, he enjoyed a very successful career as a patrolman and undercover vice officer in the drug and organized crime unit, but also the camaraderie and friendships developed through the Fraternal Order of Police. Cooper was especially fond of hosting big Super Bowl parties at his house. He retired at the rank of sergeant in 1994.
During his lifetime, Cooper enjoyed many adventures, including flying his own airplane, photography, hunting, fishing, boating, traveling with his family and spending time playing in the sand with his nieces and nephews on the beach. After retiring full time to Ocean View, Cooper enjoyed caring for and spending valuable time with his parents.
Many memories were made fishing from his Grady White “Hot Pursuit” or crabbing, clamming and swimming from the 6-C’s pontoon boat. Cooper also enjoyed helping organize the infamous Labor Day Parties hosted by Piney Point and Murray Estate residents. Some of the best entertainment was on that stage.
At this time, Cooper also developed many friendships through his involvement with the VFW Post 7234, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and The American Legion Post 28. A true passion of his was riding his Harley with his buddies, traveling the backroads of Sussex County and surrounding areas in search of the restaurant with the best crab cakes. About 10 years ago, Cooper fulfilled one of his dream vacations riding his Harley in Sturgis, S.D.
Although Cooper was a very private person and enjoyed his quiet time, he looked forward to visits on the deck from neighbors and family friends. In more recent years, he enjoyed spontaneous surf fishing trips with his brother, Walt, and buddies at 3 R’s beach; having his family and friends visit for a weekend; and listening to the oldies and sharing stories over a glass of wine while watching his sister, Debbie, and her friends dance on the deck.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Cooper. He is survived by two brothers, Doug Cooper of Pennsville, N.J., and Walt Cooper (affectionately known as “brother”) and his wife, Joanne, of New Castle; a sister, Debbie Scully of Wilmington; and a host of nieces, nephews and their children. He will be especially missed and fondly remembered by his nieces and nephew, Alison, Abbey, Jen and Justin.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m., with prayer service at noon, on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, Del. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Gary Sinise Foundation; P.O. Box 368; Woodland Hills, CA 91365 (garysinisefoundation.org).
Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com