In Memoriam — Russ Cooper, One of my Early Mentors in Genealogy

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The other day, I received an email advising that Russ Cooper had passed away. I remember meeting Russ at an Ohio Genealogical Society (  conference held in Independence, Ohio, during my early days of getting involved in genealogy. He was at the conference representing the North East Ohio Computer-Aided Genealogy Society (aka NEOCAG — see, of which he was the founder and main driving force for many years. He convinced me to join NEOCAG and since then I have attended many informative meetings of the group.

About 10 years ago, Russ moved from Cleveland to Rochester, New York, where he participated in the Rochester Genealogy Society. I understand that he also volunteered in the Genealogy Room of the Monroe County Library in downtown Rochester. I have done a bit of research there on ancestors who passed through Monroe County on their way to Northeast Ohio. The following link takes you directly to the Local History and Genealogy Department:

Here is the obituary that was published in the Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Dec. 14, 2012:

Cooper, C. Russell

Rochester: Monday, December 8, 2014 at age 89. Predeceased by his Brother Lee Cooper. He is survived by his loving Wife of 59 years, Mary; 4 Children, Nancy Cooper (Martin) Lineham of Rochester, NY, Russell (Mary) Cooper of Cleveland, OH, Laura (Thomas) Poovakad of Boston, MA, Linda (Jonathan) Angles of New York City; 10 Grandchildren; Brother, Robert Cooper of Salem, OR; Sister, Virginia (Sidney) Nolte of Dallas, TX and many Nieces & Nephews.

A private service will be held by the family.

Here is the link to the obit:

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