Geoffrey Vincent COOPER (Coops), passed away on Thursday 16 January 2020, aged 68 years
Coops was born on 14 November 1951 and he joined the Australian Army when he was nineteen and a half years of age on 13 April 1971.
After the normal spell (in those days, around 10 weeks) at 1 RTB, Coops was posted to the Armoured Centre on 22 Jun 1971 for initial employment training as a Crewman Driver Signaller. Just less than three (3) months later, Coops was posted to the 1st Armoured Regiment where he was allocated to A Squadron on 17 September 1971.
Just a year later Coops was posted to B Squadron which shortly after was redesignated as the Medium Tanks Trials Unit. This unit spent some time in Puckapunyal and almost as much time in Northern Queensland testing the capabilities of the Leopard (German) and M60A1 (US) tanks.
On 27 March 1975 Coops was posted to the Headquarters of 4th Cavalry Regiment where he remained until discharged at own request on 12 April 1977. Geoffrey had overseas deployment in Hawaii for around five (5) weeks in March/April 1976.
Geoffrey was a very proud Ngarrinderi man and worked tirelessly for his people both in and out of service. He was greatly respected by all who knew him for his commitment to the task at hand. Although only serving in the Australian Army for a relatively short time he made hundreds of friends, many who described him as a great mate.
The funeral for Mr Geoffrey Cooper will be held 24 Jan 2020 at 1 pm at 186 Frederick Road Seaton 5023 followed a wake at the Largs Bay RSL 17 Carnarvon Terrace Largs Bay
May he rest in peace in the green fields beyond.
Prepared by Russ James from information provided by Defence Records and comments made on various face book pages