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ISADORE COOP

Born: Oct 28, 1926

Date of Passing: Nov 29, 2003

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ISADORE COOP October 28, 1926 - November 29, 2003 The family of Isadore Coop announces with deep sorrow his peaceful death on November 29, 2003, in Winnipeg, at the age of 77, from the ravages of two strokes complicated by pneumonia. At the request of the deceased, cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating his life was held December 2 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, one of the numerous buildings he was involved with in his architectural practice in the city he loved so well, Winnipeg. In attendance were his family, all his architectural partners and colleagues, many friends and acquaintances, and the University community. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Manitoba with a B. Arch. in 1948, and received his M. Science in Arch. degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, 1953, studying with his mentor, the world famous architect Mies van der Rohe. But it was at the University of Manitoba that he designed nine buildings, representing The Number Ten Architectural Group, in the course of his long-lived practice. He was most proud of the University Centre Student Union Building because it accomplished what it set out to do, service a myriad of complex needs. Other design projects included the Canadian Embassy Complex in Pakistan, Royal Trust Tower and Rupertsland Square Office Complex, and The New Provincial Law Courts in Winnipeg, as well as the Fieldhouse Gymnasium for the University of Winnipeg. Only recently he confided that his favourite project of all time was the Skating Rink at Kildonan Park, on the site of Lord Selkirk Creek. He set a standard in his practice for all to emulate; perhaps it was his complete lack of guile that endeared himself to so many. In 1984 he accepted the position as President and Chief Executive Officer for the North Portage Development Corporation, which energized and challenged him in new directions. This five year appointment lasted seven years, until 1991. With the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Arnold Naimark and representatives of three levels of government, they completed their mandate successfully, in due course. He was very proud to have been a part of this venture, which so altered the face of downtown Winnipeg. Isadore is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Cynthia (Bookbinder) his devoted children, Diana Zoe Coop, Jacob Daniel (Jack) Coop and wife Gail Goodman, and David Nathaniel Coop; and his five grandchildren, Anders Benjamin, Danielle Miriam and Camille Nara Nerman, and Maxwell Alexander and Daniel Ryland Goodman-Coop. He was predeceased by an infant daughter Claudia Ann. He will also be sadly missed by sisters, Miriam Lampe, Lucy Rifkin (Max), and sisters-in-law, Peggy Searle (Jack) and Sally Bookbinder. Brothers-in-law Walter Lampe and Sidney Bookbinder predeceased him in the past decade. His family and friends are filled with gratitude for having had Isadore in our lives, for knowing and loving this unique individual who touched and influenced us with such courage, resolve and grace. To honour his memory the family has established the Isadore Coop Legacy Trust Fund at the University of Manitoba, Department of Private Funding, 79 Freedman Cres., Winnipeg, MB R3T 9Z9. "He was a man, take him for all and all, we shall not see his like again" Shakespeare

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 06, 2003

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Issie was my mentor and it is with great sadness that I've recently heard of his passing. He was the greatest influence on my career in architecture and I will always have fond memories of our collaboration in numerous projects. - Posted by: Dwayne Colp (employee at Waisman Ross Blankstein Coop Gilmore and Hanna .No. 10 ) on: Jun 23, 2012

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