Leonard (Bit) Cooper

Dec. 17, 1943 - Feb. 24, 2019
Leonard (Bit) Cooper, Dec. 17, 1943 - Feb. 24, 2019

Leonard L. Cooper of East Hampton, the owner of Cooper Sandblast, who had cancer and had been ill for several years, died on Sunday at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton. He was 75. 

Known as Bit, Mr. Cooper was born on Dec. 17, 1943, in Salinas, Calif., to the former Rita Lester and Dr. Francis L. Cooper. He attended elementary and high school in East Hampton and graduated from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. 

In 1962, he joined the Marines and served for four years. He then earned a degree from Southampton College. 

Mr. Cooper was a lifelong member and an elder of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church for many years. He was also a member and a former president of the East Hampton Lions Club. 

His wife, Andrea Daniels Cooper, two sons, Peter Cooper and Thomas Cooper, both of East Hampton, a twin brother, Robert Cooper of East Hampton, a sister, Frances Cooper Hirsh of Slidell, La., and four grandsons survive. 

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Scot McCachren officiating.

The family has suggested memorial donations for the church, 120 Main Street, East Hampton 11937.