Gerald W. Cooper, CPP
August 20th, 1923 – July 24th, 2007
Cooper, Gerald W., Major US Army (ret.), age 83, died on July 24, 2007, at 1:30 am, with his wife, Sandra, at his side. He is survived by Sandra; son Gerald; daughters Lisa, Jennifer, and Sandy; stepdaughters Teresa, Sheila, Pam and JoAnn; and stepson Michael. He left behind 10 grandchildren: Brittany, Meghan, Hannah, Cassie Logan, Kristi Holcombe, Adam, Angel, Bobby, Evan Cain, Christopher, Suzanna Nicholson; and 6 great-grandchildren.
He retired from the U. S. Army after serving 20 years. He was a WWII and Korean War Veteran. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany during WW II, and was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Purple Heart; European Medal with Three Battle Stars; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Korean Service Medal with Two Battle Stars; and more.
He was President of the Tampa/St. Petersburg Chapter of the National Association of Uniformed Service served on Congressman Mike Bilirakis Veterans Affairs Committee. He served on the Mac Dill AFB Hospital Advisory Council and served on the Williamsburg Community Homeowners Board of Directors.
He was a Life Member of ASIS International and a Lifetime Certified Protection Professional (CPP). In addition to his ASIS International membership, he served in numerous Chapter leadership positions. He was an Assistant Regional Vice President and the Regional Vice President for Region XIII. He was the first recipient of the E. J. Criscuoli, Jr. Volunteer Leadership Award and the recipient of the ASIS Florida West Coast Chapter’s most prestigious award, the Charles J. Knight Award, given to the Outstanding Member of the Year. He was appointed to the Florida Private Investigation, Recovery and Security Advisory Council, and helped developed the curriculum for all licensed Security Officers in the State of Florida.
Gerry did more in retirement than many of us achieve during full-time employment. His service never wavered. Gerry was always at the entrance to the monthly luncheon, greeting visitors, new members and regular attendees, encouraging networking and getting involved with the chapter. He enjoyed the honor of leading us at each meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. We endearingly called Gerry the Godfather of our Chapter because of that commitment and all that he has given back to the security profession.
The recipient of the Gerald W. Cooper award receives a plaque marking the event and a cash award of $250.00 In addition, the Chapter will donate an additional $250.00 to the ASIS Foundation in honor of the recipient.