Leonard J. Cooper, 84, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Carol Frawley Cooper; his brother, William A. Cooper; his daughters, Colleen (Robert) Walker, Sandra (Chris) Hirsh, Mary (Larry) Hughes; his son, Jeffrey Cooper; his grandchildren, Mandy (Greg) Walts, Michael Hirsh, Joshua Gates, April (Scott) Urban, Randi (Nicholas) Proukou, Ashley (Aaron)
Sirtoli, Ryanne Hughes, Travis Hughes, Lindsey
(Ryan) Hirsh, Kori Hughes, Kylee Hughes, Jeffrey Cooper, Jacob Cooper; and his great-grandchildren, Brian Fipps, Collin Fipps, Eva Fipps, Kelly Runge, Bailey Runge, Lukas Sirtoli, Levi Proukou, Evan Sirtoli, Keegan Sirtoli, and Maeve Urban.
Leonard was born July 21, 1932 to Alice (Kingsley) and
Leonard Cooper, Sr.. He attended primary and secondary school in North Syracuse and Central Square, graduating from Sandy Creek High School in 1949. He
received his Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY
Oswego in 1953, and his Master’s Degree from SUNY
Oswego in 1958. Leonard proudly served in the United
States Army prior to marrying his wife Carol in 1955. He
was also a member of the VFW Post 5540, Phoenix,
Leonard worked as a teacher in Brownville Schools and
in Baldwinsville Central Schools. He was quickly pro
moted to School Administration in Baldwinsville, and
served in that district for 39 years. Leonard helped
develop Baldwinsville’s first intramural and adult
education programs, notably, he was the first Director
of Personnel at Baldwinsville Schools.
After his retirement in 1989, Leonard continued his
dedication to the education system by acting as a NYS
Hearing Officer for disadvantaged students, assisting
in their placement for academic success. In the years
following, he held numerous state office titles within the
school administrators association. Additionally, an active
member of the First Congregational, UCC in Phoenix,
Leonard served as Chairman and member on the Board
of Trustees, and was integrally involved with Sunday
As a lifelong sports enthusiast and avid golfer, Leonard
acted as President and founder of the Board of Directors
of the Beaver Meadows Golf & Recreation Association.
Furthermore, for 27 years, Leonard was a passionate
high school and collegiate level soccer referee. He
enjoyed most watching his children and grandchildren
participate in their various activities, both during and
after school age years. He took pride in achievements
of those he loved and relished celebrating their successes.
A celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the First
Congregational, United Church of Christ, 43 Bridge St.,
Phoenix, on Monday February 13, 2017. The family will
receive friends and loved ones from 1: 00 to 3:00 p.m..
The memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m..
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First
Congregational, UCC, General Operating Fund, in
memory of Leonard Cooper.
Arrangements in care of: Allanson-Glanville-Tappan
Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135.