Grand River Branch
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Selected Reprints from the
Grand River Branch Newsletter, Branches
"Lt.-Col. Albert Frank Cooper CO UE"
Gary Cooper, February 1990, Vol.2 No.1, Pages 13-14
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Cooper is an eighth generation United Empire Loyalist, a descendant of the "Empey's" of Stormont County, in what is now Ontario, who were granted land in the Royal Township in 1783. Philip Empey and seven of his eight sons has served in the 1st Battalion of the King's Royal Rangers of New York between 1776 and 1783.
Born, raised and educated in Ottawa, Colonel Cooper has lived most of his life in the National Capital. Over the years eh has been involved with many local organizations of the city such as the Historical Society of Ottawa, The Friends of the Canadian War Museum and the Hospitaller Order of St. John. He serves on the Executive Committee of his church. The Province of Ontario has recognized his involvement in the community with a service award.
Colonel Cooper joined the Militia in 1943 as a Private soldier and retires in 1978 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having commanded 29 service Battalion and served as the Deputy Commander of Ottawa Militia District. He is still active in the Canadian Airborne Association, having qualified as a military parachutist just after the war. He holds the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration with two clasps. For his significant contribution to the Militia, he was awarded the Mobile Command Certificate for Outstanding Meritorious Service.
In civilian life, and concurrent with his Reserve military service, Colonel Cooper was employed for forty years by the Department of National Defence in the Directorate of Operations, Training and Resources. He retired from the Public Service in September, 1988, and was awarded the Public Service Meritorious and Long Service Medal.
Colonel Cooper has been involved with The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada for the past eighteen years. He has served in various executive positions in the Sir Guy Carleton Branch, his local branch in Ottawa, and held the position of Branch President 1978 - 1979. At the national level he has served on Dominion Council as a Councillor and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He was elected Dominion President in June of 1988. The Association has awarded him its Bicentennial Award and the Order of Meritorious Heritage.
Lieutenant Colonel Cooper is married to the former Evelyn Yule of Perth, Ontario, and they have two sons and two daughters. Recently the Coopers have become first time grandparents.