Wayne Red Arthur Cooper \r\r\n 1960-2015 \r\r\n \r\r\nJefferson- Wayne Red Arthur Cooper 54, passed peacefully after a courageous battle with lung cancer on February 20th 2015. Dad was a fighter when he was fighting and a lover when he loved. Dads strength was uncomparable to anything his family and friends had ever seen. Dads strength taught the closest people to him how to be strong through his journey and after. Dad didnt want us to be sad or weak once he went to heaven, he wanted us to be happy and strong for him because he knew he would be a brand new man. Healthy as a horse he might say. Dad enjoyed teaching people new skills, such as digging blood worms or how to paint vehicles. Dad had a great passion for music and played the guitar most of his adult life. Dad would often give you give his two-cents even when you didnt want it! He was tough, but had a gentle soul; he would often go without, just to help out family, friends or strangers. Dad had various jobs throughout his life. He did rubbish removal, newspaper delivery and worked as a body work mechanic for Carons Garage; small family owned garages and fixed vehicles for family, friends and neighbors. Dad worked with blueberries for quite some time before becoming disabled due to a tractor accident, after which he put his heart and soul into raising his two kids, Lisa and Clayton. Red was a good man, whom his daughter thought very highly of, cherished the ground he walked on and admired greatly. I will never forget all you have done for me dad, I hope heaven is as beautiful as Ive heard it is. \r\r\nRed is predeceased by his father Clayton Cooper, several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He is survived by his mother Shirley Cooper, Siblings Pamela and her husband, Ralph Lambert. Steve Cooper and companion Cheryl Pease. Children; Lisa and son-in-law Gene Breton, Clayton Cooper, step daughter Carrie Jackson and companion Jerry Busby, Granddaughter Carly Busby, close friend Sam Grant whom he thought of as a son. An Aunt Barbara, Uncle Gus and several nieces, nephews and cousins. And neighborhood kids he watched grow up. \r\r\nThe family would like to thank all of dads friends who stopped by to visit him or, called to check in on him. A special thanks to Bonnie Berger a good friend of dads for helping the family with dads care and respite she provided for us, we appreciate all you have done. \r\r\nThe family would also like to say thank you to all the MaineGeneral Hospice nurses who visited dad. A special thank you to Pam Averill, Karen Gallant and Emily Vigue for their gentleness and kind hearts during dads last days. \r\r\nA Celebration of Life is planned for 4 pm February 28th, 2015 at the Whitefield Lions Club 52 Main Street, Coopers Mills. All are welcome to attend. Please dress down, bring a smile and a few stories about Red with you, thats what he would like us to do!