Remembering Sam Cooper

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The members of Local 1636 are saddened to hear that longtime Rochester Airport fixture Sam Cooper passed away last Friday, June 7th, at the age of 96. Mr. Cooper was a pilot in WWII before eventually serving as the Airport Manager from 1972-1989. He remained here as Public Relations Director up until a few years ago conducting airport tours and was an almost daily visitor to the firehouse. Sam witnessed many, many changes at ROC during his tenure here and was full of information about the airport and its history. He also had a collection of photos with the many celebrities and VIP’s that traveled through the airport, including several sitting Presidents. His presence will be felt here for many years to come which is “Outstanding, young fella!”

Our deepest sympathies are with his loved ones during this difficult time. 

His family will receive friends at the funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.) Thursday, June 13th, 3:00 - 7:00pm. Friends are invited to join the family Friday, June 14th, 9:00 am at All Seasons Chapel of White Haven Memorial Park for his memorial service. Interment to follow there. Memorials may be directed to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road S., Rochester, NY 14623 or to Honor Flight of Rochester, PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit

Samuel Cooper Obituary