Gerald “Gerry” Wayne Cooper of Underwood, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, at the Kincardine hospital, with his family by his side after a sudden but hard-fought illness.oH He was 86. Husband of the late Jean Overholt-Cooper. Father of Kathy and husband, Al McCarrel of Port Elgin; Kim and husband, Murray McCarrel of Southampton; and Jamie Overholt and wife, Liz of Goderich. Grandpa of Jesse Cooper (Jolene), Kara Trelford (Shaun), Lisa Ransome (Derek), Meagan Hooey (Chris), and Michelle McCarrel (Kris).
Great-grandpa of 10 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Eileen Plyley (Dennis) of London and Ross Cooper (Shirley) of Woodstock. Predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Bernice Cooper of Exeter; and siblings, Frank Cooper and Glenn Cooper. Gerry was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers since 1967, working as a heavy duty equipment mechanic for Lumus Construction and later various construction jobs in remote areas of Northern Ontario. He was a man of integrity and great mechanical skill, well-respected in the community. He loved his John Deere tractors, NASCAR-racing, moose-hunting, ATV-riding to the sugar bush, snowmobiles, tractor pulls, and being with friends and his family of whom he was very proud. Gerry was always helping others. He went peacefully although with much living yet to do. A good man who will be missed so much, always remembered, and forever loved. A celebration of his life will be held post-COVID19. Private interment will take place at Port Bruce Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Huron Shores Hospice as expressions of sympathy. On-line condolences may be made at www.greybrucecremation.com. Special thanks to Skye and Ollie of the nursing staff at the Kincardine hospital.