Farewell but not goodbye to Louise Cooper

by Bill Gliddon, St. George’s organist and choirmaster

Louise Cooper’s arrival in Haliburton and her association with both the Haliburton Highlands Secondary School (HHSS) and St. George’s began 40 years ago, in 1969. A terrific math teacher and Guidance Counselor at the high school, she also began a long and much appreciated term as organizer and secretary of the HHSS Scholarship Fun. Deserving graduates received bursaries, awards and scholarships thanks in large part to Louise’s work.

Joining St. George’s choir that same year, she became a valuable addition to our small alto section. The next year she brought in her son Paul as a new member of the Junior Choir, and in later years her wonderful husband Sid joined the bass section.

With her organizational skills, Louise quickly became ‘choir mother,’ responsible for gowns, books and supplies. Those same skills proved valuable when she also took on the role of church treasurer. Louise assisted in so many facets of our choir and church life and will be greatly missed.

We pray God’s blessings on her as she goes to live nearer her son Paul and his family.

Bill Gliddon thanks Louise Cooper for her years of dedicated service while choir joins congregation in standing ovation (photo by Krystyna Stanton)