On Saturday, friends, family, community members, community leaders, and elected officials came together to pay their respects to Chuck Cooper, St. Cloud Councilman who passed away in June.  The memorial service, which took place in St. Cloud’s Marina Building, began in song and ended with an open mic that made it possible for attendees to share memories of Mr. Cooper and to say thank you for his service and commitment to the community.

Mr. Cooper was first elected to the City Council in 1985. He served 1985-1988, 1994-1995, and 2016-2021, having been re-elected most recently in November 2020. He also served on the City’s Code Enforcement Board from 2003 until 2016. Additionally, Cooper served on the City’s Planning Board and Board of Adjustment and Appeals.

“Chuck always let you know where you stood with him, and I respect him for that very much,” said St. Cloud City Manager.

Mr. Cooper served in other local organizations, including the Osceola Council On Aging, and the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was a disabled veteran.