Hugh Donovan Cooper was born on July 23, 1903, in Hamilton Bermuda. He was the 2nd child of Horace Alfred Cooper and Kate May Ingham. During his childhood in Bermuda, he was known as Donovan. After he moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, he went by Hugh, or H.D. Cooper.
Hugh married Elizabeth Pfizenmayer on August 18, 1924 in Rhode Island. They moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, where they had one son, Warren Mason Cooper. Elizabeth filed for divorce on November 21, 1927 in Rhode Island, which was granted on May 22, 1928.
On Nov 9, 1929, Hugh married Helen Sharpe in Moncton, New Brunswick. They had three children, one of whom died as an infant. Hugh spent his career working at the Eaton's department store in Moncton, New Brunswick. During World War II, Hugh was a Gunner with the Canadian Army. He enlisted on November 3, 1942 and was discharged on March 20, 1946, having received the following medals: 1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.
In 1935, Hugh and Helen had a cottage built in Point du Chene, New Brunwsick, for sum of $350. The family spent every summer at the cottage. Following the death of his wife in 1979, Hugh had the cottage winterized and lived there year round, until his death.
Hugh died on Feb 23, 1991, at the age of 87. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
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