Richard (Dick) Cooper of Torrington, passed away peacefully Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 in the comfort of his home. He was the beloved husband of the late Shirley (Lewis) Cooper, the love of his life. Dick was born in Foster Rhode Island on February 27, 1935 to Florence (Gould) and Reverend Kenneth Cooper. Dick owned Dick Cooper TV & Appliance.
Dick leaves a daughter Sherry (Cooper) Percivalle and son-in-law Joseph, a daughter Judith Cooper and son Richard S. Cooper; grandchildren David Percivalle, Amy (Percivalle) Brophy and her husband Michael; Karissa Cooper, and Kenneth Cooper; great-grandchildren Ford and Ophelia Brophy and Mason Percivalle. Dick is predeceased by sister Bernice (Cooper) Davis and leaves a sister in-law and brother in-law, Muriel and Sherman Lewis along with several nieces and nephews.
Dick was a loving and devoted husband for 65 years and was a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church, now Northwest Hills Community Church. Dick had a deep Christian faith and served as a deacon, a trustee and was a faithful member of his church community. He also volunteered his services for the homeless through Operation Overflow and was a member of the Torrington Elks Lodge. Dick was quick to lend a helping hand and was a great friend to many, especially his remaining lifelong friends Cora Regis, Ray Aeschliman, Rose Moranino and the many friends of his children.
Dick dedicated his entire life to caring for his family and was a wonderful father and husband. He loved camping and traveled across the country several times and enjoyed camping with his children and grandchildren. Dick also found pleasure in watching NASCAR racing and trips to Daytona and Stafford Springs.
Dick graduated from Ward School of Electronics in Hartford in 1955, the same year he married Shirley and settled in Torrington to raise their family. Dick worked for Tip Top Stores and then in 1960 went to work for Ducci Appliances. In 1984, Dick and Shirley purchased the service department from Ducci’s and later opened their own store, Dick Cooper TV & Appliance, selling televisions, appliances, with a full-service department for the greater Litchfield County. After 30 years of owning the business, Dick retired at the age of 80 and transferred the successful business to his children, which continues to thrive to this day.
Please join the family in celebrating Dick’s life. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Northwest Hills Community Church, 349 Prospect Street, Torrington, with burial following at Hillside Cemetery. A wake will be held 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Phalen Funeral Home, 285 Migeon Avenue, Torrington.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dick’s honor at Northwest Hills Community Church Food Pantry, or The American Heart Association. www.phalenfuneral.com
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