Francis Cooper

Francis Eugene "Gene Coop" Cooper

Monday, May 12, 1947 - Friday, January 1, 2021
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Francis Eugene Cooper, 73, Sandusky,"Gene" or "Coop", as he was known by most, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Friday, January 1, 2021, at his residence.

Born on May 12, 1947 in Cleveland, Gene lived most of his childhood and adult life in the Port Clinton and Sandusky area. Growing up on Catawba, he graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1965 and enjoyed frequenting the dance hall at Gem Beach as a young adult. With an encyclopedic knowledge of facts, figures, and trivia and penchant for storytelling, Gene was a natural for sales, having early jobs at Woolworth's then selling restaurant supplies for Breckenridge, a short stint peddling insurance, and eventually selling cars at a variety of area dealerships, such as Norm Thayer, Mathews, Sharpnack, and lastly Steinle in Clyde where he retired in 2012.

Whether you knew him from buying a car, having coffee at the many local restaurants he loved patronizing, or walking at one of the indoor or outdoor tracks, Gene had a gift for making people feel special. When he talked to you, the stories flowed so effortlessly and entertainingly, one questioned how true the stories really were. But this was part of the charm and allure of him and his tales. And if you ever stumbled across facts he had shared supporting their veracity, you would gain an even deeper appreciation and look forward to the next time you saw him to share them all over again. These conversations will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his son, Doug Cooper of Vermilion, his daughter Trisha (John) Eblin and their children Haley, Brendan, and Cassidy, from Grosse Ile, MI, and cherished family friend, James (Carrie) Horst of Miami Beach, FL.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Cooper and Florence Tanski Owens.

A Memorial service for Gene's family & friends will be held at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2021. A celebration of life will take place at a later date and place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene's name to St Peter & Paul Catholic Church (Enter Amount under Memorials and Enter Francis Cooper). Condolences may be shared by visiting
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    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 3:00pm
    Toft Funeral Home & Crematory
    2001 Columbus Avenue
    Sandusky, OH 44870
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jan e saeboe and family

Posted at 09:41am
In memory of a wonderful father to a dear friend of ours. Rest in peace.
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Gary Steinle

Posted at 09:35am
Gene was loyal, dedicated, and a friend to everyone. He always tended to lift you up with a positive word or two. He loved talking to people. We're going to miss you Coop !

Your friends at Steinle's

Posted at 08:42am
With loving memories of Gene Cooper
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Posted at 08:57am
Doug and Family, Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your father. PNC EDMT Team
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Kathy Hayes

Posted at 06:43pm
Doug and Trisha, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My deepest condolences to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers on Sat. Love you guys.

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