(Chief) Bruce William Cooper (age 73) 2/24/1947 – 1/12/2021 was granted his reward of passing peacefully into eternity in his sleep, at his home after a short illness.
Chief Cooper was a lifelong resident of the village of Rogers in Killingly and a 57 year member of the Williamsville Fire Engine Company, serving as dedicated Chief for 30 of those years.
His education included Goodyear School, KJHS, Ellis Tech and the rest of his education being gathered at the school of hard knocks.
As a youngster, Bruce worked at Quinequack farm for the Harrington family, in road construction for Shields Construction Company and eventually moved on for the next 30 years as a maintenance worker at Rogers Corporation.
He leaves behind two incredible children who are strongly a product of his ways and wisdom: Keith (Bruce) Cooper, Lisa (Cooper) Gaudreau and her husband, Kevin Gaudreau, Bruce’s two beloved grandsons, Brandon (Cooper) Gaudreau and Benjamin (Cooper) Gaudreau, sister, Paula (Cooper) Panteleakos and her husband Charlie, several nieces, nephews, cousins and his extensive fire department family.
Chief Cooper was a no-nonsense leader who taught many EMS and Firefighters in the town of Killingly and will be missed enormously by all of them.
Bruce was predeceased by his beloved parents, William (Bill) and Beatrice (Bea) Cooper of Rogers, and his daughter-in-law, Tina (Pelkey) Cooper, who he now resides within eternity.
There are no calling hours due to our current situation but optimistically looking forward to a gathering in Bruce’s memory in the spring.
If anyone would care to donate in Bruce’s memory, please either make it to the Williamsville Fire Engine Company PO. Box 141, Rogers, CT. 06263 or Stephens Memorial Hospital, 181 Main Street, Norway, ME. 04268 (Bruce grew very fond of this small hospital during his initial illness).
The Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster, MA is directing arrangements. A guest book is available at www.shaw-majercik.com where you may post a condolence or light a candle.
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