Donald Lee Cooper, of Winola Avenue, Kingston, died suddenly Thursday, September 3, 2009, at home.
Born on June 11, 1934, in Baltimore, Md., he was a son of the late Gerald and Florence Rothstein Cooper. He attended Baltimore public schools. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a musician, playing the tenor saxophone with the Ronnie Dove Orchestra. He was featured on many of Mr. Dove’s recordings and traveled worldwide with the orchestra.
Mr. Cooper was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, and the Taurus Club of Scranton. He was also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 140, Wilkes-Barre.
Mr. Cooper loves his son Raphael’s pet chow-chow dog, Xena, attending the Wilkes-Barre Penguin’s hockey games and harness horse racing at Pocono Downs, Plains Township.
His wife, the former Anne Carole Grosh, died August 1, 2005.
Surviving are his son, Raphael P., and his wife, Lauren, with whom he resided, Kingston; daughter Lana Lee and her husband, Emil Prohorchuck, Philadelphia; uncle Murray Rothstein, Baltimore, Md.
The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, with the Rev. Monsignor Thomas V. Banick officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until time of service.