COOPER: Lion John

Woking Lions Club.

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our longest serving and oldest Lion, PP John Cooper.

John became a Lion whilst working in New York where he had moved as part of the then “brain drain” in 1966, and he was a design project Engineer working on the Space Shuttle at Grumman Aerospace. John joined Levittown Lions Club and during his time there was also its President.

After 7 years, John & his wife Betty moved back to Surrey and he joined Walton & Weybridge Lions Club where he was President on 2 separate occasions. When the Club closed through a shortage of members John joined Woking Lions Club, and he served as our President over the millennium in 1999/2000, and secondly became our President from 2015 to 2017, during which time he celebrated his 90th birthday.

At that time in the Press Release we put out to celebrate his 90th birthday, as well as his 5th year as a Club President, John saidI am delighted to have been able to serve local communities both at home and overseas and will continue to play an active part in our club for as long as I can.” 

During his years of work for Woking Lions, he spearheaded our Re-cycling of glasses for Chichester, the Peace Project and organised many social as well as fund-raising events, with his wife Betty always being most helpful.

John passed away peacefully in Woking & Sam Beare Hospice on Thursday 29th August with his daughter-in-law Ann, at his bedside.

Unfortunately, Betty who has been unwell for some time living in a Nursing home, could not be with him. For the last few weeks, John had been living with his son Graeme & Ann in Lightwater. We are truly grateful for John’s support over many years. May he Rest in Peace.