COOPER, Florence Thier - August 15, 1922 - October 6, 2016
Florence, a lovely, beautiful lady, loved by all who knew her, passed away on October 6, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Harbin, China, the daughter of Adolf Thier, an Australian Soldier captured and exiled to Siberia following World War I, where he met Florence's mother, Sara Loscova, a native born Siberian.
While still an infant, the family joined the exodus from Siberia of thousands of other exiles from Central Europe, all World War I victims. The family crossed the Pacific and settled in Buffalo, NY to join relatives who had emigrated earlier. Florence had a happy childhood and teenage life in Buffalo. She was educated there, was popular and well-liked by her peers, schoolmates and extended family.
At age 20, in 1942 on a snowy winter day in February, while attending a function in Toronto, she met her future husband, Syd. A four-year courtship supported by letter writing, long distance phone calls and many intercity visits. Following Syd's graduation and Army service, they married in Buffalo, May 19, 1946, leading to a bountiful marriage, busy and happy.
She brought up the family with love, care and capability. Florence was the matriarch. Three children were born in their first five years of marriage. Tobie Bekhor married to Ted, Richard Cooper married to Clara and Lynda Latner married to Steve. The family grew to include 10 grandchildren, Adam and Jonah Bekhor, Daniel, Jonathan, Amy and David Cooper and Lily, Jack, Yael and Phoebe Latner. Florence was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren, Simon and Goldie, Samantha and Josh, Joseph, Zach and Fox. Florence's brother Herb Thier and wife Barbara and sister Elaine Schweitzer and husband Jerry survive. A younger brother, Sandy, recently passed away.
Florence was an active volunteer within the community, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest Geriatric Centre and other agencies and institutions. A friend to many, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, helpful in many ways to those less fortunate.
She will be remembered and very much missed by her husband Sydney, family and friends.