1925 – 2017
Arthur Cooper was born in Hull on 21 March 1925 to Henry and Georgina Cooper, an elder brother to Amos, Jean and Peter. After the family moved to Louth, Arthur attended school at Eastfield Road then Kidgate School. A family move to Grimsby meant a school relocation to the North Grimsby County School and finally Arthur completed his schooling at the Monks Dyke Secondary School.
Arthur attended Newbold College from September 1941 to May 1942 and subsequently chose to be baptised at Ulceby in July 1942 before commencing full-time national service. From September 1946 to September 1947 Arthur was able to undertake his national service on the farm at Newbold College, after which he enrolled as a student to study for the Ministry. After graduation in May 1952 Arthur began his thirty-eight years of service to the Church.
As was the way in the 1950s Arthur commenced in assisting in evangelism in the Welsh Mission, South England Conference (SEC) and Irish Mission ‒ this included both time going door to door with literature and assisting senior evangelists in outreach programmes. In 1954 Arthur married Elizabeth (Betty) Ponder from Dublin, whom he had met at Newbold College. In 1956 Arthur was requested to serve as Publishing Department Secretary in London. During this period Arthur and Betty’s son James was born. In 1957 the family moved to the Scottish Mission where Arthur served as Publishing Secretary and district pastor for the Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy congregations. Then commenced a period of service in both the Scottish and Irish Missions as Publishing Secretary from January 1959 through to October 1962. The family then moved to the Welsh Mission until September 1963. It was during this time that son John and daughter Sharon were born in 1960 and 1962 respectively.
Arthur and family then moved to the North England Conference where he served for a time as Publishing Secretary and district pastor until March 1965 and then as district pastor of York and Scarborough congregations until September 1969. Moving back to the Welsh Mission Arthur served various districts as pastor until September 1976 when he was asked to return to the SEC. Arthur and Betty continued to serve the congregations they were assigned until Arthur’s retirement at the end of May 1990.
The couple enjoyed retirement on the south coast of England until dementia meant they needed closer looking after. They relocated to a Care Home in Watford, nearer to their sons’ homes. Betty died peacefully in January 2016 and Arthur followed on Thursday 5 October.
We remember Arthur’s sister Jean Graham, brother Peter Cooper and his children James, John and Sharon and their families. With them we await the coming of Jesus and the resurrection.
The funeral service was held at Stanborough Park church on Friday 27 October, followed by burial at North Watford Cemetery.
Paul Lockham (BUC News)