Phillip Cooper Obituary, Death – Staff, council members, and residents of Greater Geraldton pay tribute to former Mayor Mr. Phillip Cooper with deep regret. Mr. Cooper’s tenure as an elected member of the City Council stretched more than 30 years, making him one of the City’s most notable and longest serving Councillors. Mr. Cooper was first elected to the Council in 1963 and served as Mayor of the Town of Geraldton from 1982 to 1988 and then as Mayor of the City of Geraldton from 1994 to 2001. He also held the position of Deputy Mayor.
Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn paid tribute to Mr. Cooper, calling him “one of Geraldton’s most iconic leaders.” “On behalf of the Geraldton community, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Cooper’s family and friends on the passing of one of our most committed, hard-working, and passionate elected members,” he said. There can be no doubt that Phil was one of the most notable mayors in our city’s history. He served with unwavering devotion right up until the day he died. Phil gave a lot to our town and our council, especially in our early days, and his influence is still being felt today.
He left an indelible mark on our community with his selflessness, humility, and commitment, qualities that will not soon be forgotten. Mr. Cooper was honored for his 32 years of service to the community by being inducted as a Freeman of the City in 2001. Some of Geraldton’s most foundational projects began with his involvement, such as the removal of the old railway line to make room for Foreshore Drive, the establishment of the Regional Library, and the construction of the Aquarena.
While in Geraldton in 1963, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip opened the Geraldton Civic Centre, so Mr. Cooper was already familiar with the Royal Family. When Geraldton was elevated to the status of city in April 1988, Queen Elizabeth made the trip to celebrate. Mr. Cooper was well-respected in the corporate world and actively participated in a wide variety of community groups. Geraldton residents will always hold a special place in their hearts for him because he remained an integral part of numerous City events, such as the swearing in of new Councillors.