Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, January 30, 2006 at 05:31:04 :
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, December 10, 2001
HOOPER, Jack Edward -- Passed away on December 5th, 2001, at the age of 84. Born in Seattle, Washington, moved to Berkeley, California, at the age of seven with his parents, Geneva and Thomas Edward Hooper and his brother, Wayne Hooper. Loving husband of 57 years of Beatrice Church Hooper of Piedmont, devoted father of Catharine Moore Hooper of Mill Valley, CA, Martha Church Hooper of Istanbul, Turkey, and Thomas Edwards Hooper and daughter-in-law Christy Hooper of Stockton, CA. Adored "Bompa" to grandchildren Julian Soler of San Francisco, Stephanie Soler of New York City, Molly Hooper of Washington, DC, and Betsy Hooper of Stockton, CA. Great friend and brother of Wayne Hooper and sister-in-law Barbara Hooper of Orinda, CA. Great-grandfather of "Jack" Stassen Soler, and several loving nieces and nephews. Graduated from Berkeley High School, and the University of California at Berkeley, Class of '39, where he was a proud member of Delta Tau Delta, Scabbard and Blade, Intramural Sports, and the US Naval ROTC. During one of his summer ROTC cruises, his ship was deployed to search for lost pilot, Amelia Earhart. During his five years of service with the US Navy during World War II as a Lt. Cmdr, Jack saw action in the Battle of the Commondorsky Islands, and the Battle of Okinawa as a Gunnery Officer aboard destroyers, among which was the USS Coughlan. Jack worked for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in San Francisco for 38 years before retiring. He and his wife and family lived in Piedmont most of his adult life where he was active in community affairs. Jack was a long-time member of Piedmont Community Church where he served as a Deacon and Usher. During the Battle of Okinawa, courtesy of the USN, Jack was baptized during a Kamikaze raid, following which he joined the Church in 1945. Jack was a past President of Claremont Country Club, and relished his time on the Claremont golf course. He was an avid reader, loved music, and was active in amateur golf tournaments throughout the Bay Area. One of his long-time hobbies was his love of Lionel then HO gauge trains; from designing, to assembling, wiring and building the entire train layout. He delighted in conducting the trains to the joy of his own and neighborhood children. Jack along with his wife, spent many happy vacations in Hawaii, on the beach and the links. They also enjoyed seeing the world aboard many cruises. Jack meticulously chronicled his family and their growth and adventures in a prolific collection of photographic slides, much to the delight and entertainment of his grandchildren. Jack loved his country, was proud of his University and of his service in the USN. He cherished his deep and long time friendships with a wide circle of friends. But above all, Jack was devoted to his loving wife of 57 years, Beadie, and to his family. He took tremendous interest in all of his family activities and was very proud of each of his children and grandchildren, their accomplishments and contributions. Each of them treasured their time with him, and will miss their "Bompa". This was a man who loved and was greatly loved by his family and friends. "A man's heart is measured not by how much he loves, but by how much others love him." --The Wizard of Oz Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Piedmont Community Church, 400 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA, or to the charity of your choice.
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