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Celebrating the life of
Edward Benson Cooper
May 31, 1952 - November 19, 2013
Avid Patron of Houston
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • 4:00pm - Saturday, November 23, 2013
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066

Such a shock and dear loss for us all. He came to my side with offers of assistance when my daughter Leigh Boone died four years ago and I don't think her foundation would have been formed without him. He was charming, funny and truly loved life. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad time. Linda

Linda Zapalac, Huntsville, TX

Ed will always be a special to the "K girls"

Kim & Kat, Houston, TX

Fran, Susan and I send our deepest condolences to you on the sudden passing of you extraordinary brother, Edward.

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville, TX

Fran, Susan and I send our deepest condolences to you on the sudden passing of you extraordinary brother, Edward.

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville, TX

My deepest condolences to the family in this very unforeseen tragedy. Philippians 4:6,7

Barbara, San Antonio, TX

R.I.P. old friend, deepest condolences to Ed's family and friends.

Louis Stephens, Brownsville, TX

Ed was a long time dear friend. His will be missed but his legacy will live on. Much love brother.

Richard Naudin, Houston, TX

I remember the many times we went to play at Edward's house when we were little. He was a neat cousin. Our thought and prayers are with you Fran. I know it is a very sad time.

Laura Collins Kelch, Houston, TX

It's difficult to move on when we've lost a loved one, but we have memories that no one can take away, memories that will bring a smile and ease the pain and sorrow. May the loving support of friends and family help you through this difficult time.

D. Monroe, Houston, TX

Big Ed, My sincere condolences to your family. It is hard to believe that the gangly redheaded kid in the blue Torino is gone.

Beto Sierra, Brownsville, TX

Coope' - You were my hero is so many ways. I'll never forget your kind, gentle ways and all the wonderful memories you left me with. I will miss everything about you.

Andre'e Reutlinger, Edmond, OK

What a good guy and what a shock this is. Ed was such a fixture over the years at Houston Center for Photography and such a help in so many ways. He was wise and funny and warm and one of the most genuinely positive people I've ever met. Always a pleasure, always a pleasure. This is much too soon... You and your smiling face and your good mind will be missed.

Peter Brown, Houston, TX

I worked with Ed Cooper for years at Paine Webber and UBS Financial Services. He was always a kind considerate person. He always made everyone smile. He was always willing to guide and explain. I still have the framed picture of the old Quotron that he took when the market was up over 500 points so many years ago. Peace in Heaven Ed. Rest.

Ann Fitzgerald Salazar, Houston, TX

So honored you were able to share a special time in my life. You're a good man, SuperDuperEdCooper. You will be missed!

A.Z., Needville, TX

What wonderful memories I will always cherish of the times Ed and I spent in Brownsville, Austin, and Houston. He loved playing devil's advocate in virtually every discussion we had with the sole intention of aggravating me. I doubt that anyone could ever imitate that laugh of his. My deepest sympathy to Frances and her family. Your brother was a very special person.

Jan Mullen Jackman, Dallas, TX

Ed became my financial advisor in the mid-eighties when my parents gave me some municipal bonds that he handled. I felt like I was rolling in money for the first time, and had an image of Ed (an anonymous voice on the phone) as a stuffed-shirted gnome whose world view consisted of nothing that couldn't be bought and sold. Through the years, though, the subject of our telephone conversations evolved into non-financial interests and values. I told him of my travel to third-world countries. And he, in turn, shared his interest in the arts and in human rights. I was amused and touched when he accepted my invitation to my wedding this past June, and showed up with deviled eggs for the reception. I find that my grief at his death is simple and pure. The part he played in my life was always positive. I'll miss him.

Paul Hornick, Houston, TX

What a sad loss of a good man. My heart goes out to his loved ones. Ed's support of the arts was invaluable; it was good to read about a great number of his achievements. I hope everyone will think about purchasing something from an artist or supporting the arts in memory of Edward Cooper. I was happy he officiated at my daughter's wedding.

H. Marie Baldner, Boise, ID

I have very fond memories of working with Ed for years. His personality was as big as his heart. I will miss his laughter. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Ann Page, Houston, TX

Mr. Cooper was a long time customer of mine and was one of my favorites. It was a pleasure to have served him for so many years. I will surely miss his laugh and smile. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Heather Amaya, Omaha, NB

Ed's light still burns bright. From elementary school in Brownsville through our reunion lunches here in Houston, I cherish my memories of Ed. As I write this, I am smiling. He can still make me smile. Farewell my friend.

Debra DePeña, Spring, TX

My prayers and condolences to the Cowen family and friends. Ed was a good person and I knew him well in high school.

Dallas Henderson, Canyon Lake, TX

So sorry to hear about Ed's passing. His warmth, enthusiasm, and support for the arts will be missed. Prayers to his friends, family, and community.

Christopher Bean, Austin, TX

You were my buddy since high school. You were always articulate, intelligent, funny, and that carried over into your adult life. Most of all, you are a loyal friend. I will always miss your physical presence in my life. Adios mi amigo y hasta la vista.

Dex, Houston, TX

Many blessings Ed and A Hui Hou...until we meet again!

Patti (Patricia) Alarcon Missler, Honaunau, Hawaii

Edward Benson Cooper died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from injuries sustained in an accidental fall at his home. He was born in Brownsville, Texas, on May 31, 1952, to John Benson Cooper and wife, Theresa Lucyle Collins Cooper. He grew up in Brownsville, graduating from Brownsville High School in 1970. He attended The University of Texas in Austin, Texas, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1975 and his Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance in 1979. Following graduate school he moved to Houston, Texas, where he had a successful career of 35 years as a highly respected investment advisor with Kidder Peabody, Paine Webber, UBS and, since 2009, with James E. Bashaw & Company/LPL Financial.

Ed was an avid supporter of Houston’s vibrant arts community for decades. He was a collector of local contemporary and folk art, and he served as a board member for many smaller Houston nonprofit arts group, including Houston Center for Photography, Lawndale Art Center, DiverseWorks, Box 13 and, at the time of his death, Glasstire. He was a friend to artists, acting as a patron and advisor to a number of emerging young artists, and he was a fixture at Houston art events, openings and after-parties. He officiated at the Art Guys’ controversial tree wedding, and he was one of the original subscribers to Bill Davenport’s Houston Artletter in the 1990’s.

Ed was a gentle giant with a big laugh and a bigger heart. Ed was widely loved for his strong sense of humor, his compassion and generosity, and his fairness and absolute honesty in his business and his relationships. Throughout his adult life, Ed was a strong supporter of women’s rights and diversity. He was devoted to his family, including his many friends who became his extended family, all of whom are stunned and heartbroken at his untimely and totally unacceptable demise.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved sister, Frances Lucyle Cooper Cowen, her husband Philip Cowen and Ed’s niece Amy Briannah Cowen, all of Brownsville, Texas; and by his friend and former wife, Cassie B. Stinson, of Houston, Texas.

A memorial service for Ed will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama, Houston, Texas. Visitation will be held at three o’clock in the afternoon, with the service beginning at four o’clock and followed by a reception and refreshments until six o’clock in the evening.

In lieu of flowers, Ed would much prefer that we all go out and buy a piece of art from a Houston artist, or to make a donation to a local nonprofit arts group such as Glasstire, Houston Center for Photography, Lawndale Art Center, or MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

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Such a shock and dear loss for us all. He came to my side with offers of assistance when my daughter Leigh Boone died four years ago and I don't think her foundation would have been formed without him. He was charming, funny and truly loved life. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad time. Linda

Linda Zapalac, Huntsville, TX

Ed will always be a special to the "K girls"

Kim & Kat, Houston, TX

Fran, Susan and I send our deepest condolences to you on the sudden passing of you extraordinary brother, Edward.

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville, TX

Fran, Susan and I send our deepest condolences to you on the sudden passing of you extraordinary brother, Edward.

Ralph Cowen, Brownsville, TX

My deepest condolences to the family in this very unforeseen tragedy. Philippians 4:6,7

Barbara, San Antonio, TX

R.I.P. old friend, deepest condolences to Ed's family and friends.

Louis Stephens, Brownsville, TX

Ed was a long time dear friend. His will be missed but his legacy will live on. Much love brother.

Richard Naudin, Houston, TX

I remember the many times we went to play at Edward's house when we were little. He was a neat cousin. Our thought and prayers are with you Fran. I know it is a very sad time.

Laura Collins Kelch, Houston, TX

It's difficult to move on when we've lost a loved one, but we have memories that no one can take away, memories that will bring a smile and ease the pain and sorrow. May the loving support of friends and family help you through this difficult time.

D. Monroe, Houston, TX

Big Ed, My sincere condolences to your family. It is hard to believe that the gangly redheaded kid in the blue Torino is gone.

Beto Sierra, Brownsville, TX

Coope' - You were my hero is so many ways. I'll never forget your kind, gentle ways and all the wonderful memories you left me with. I will miss everything about you.

Andre'e Reutlinger, Edmond, OK

What a good guy and what a shock this is. Ed was such a fixture over the years at Houston Center for Photography and such a help in so many ways. He was wise and funny and warm and one of the most genuinely positive people I've ever met. Always a pleasure, always a pleasure. This is much too soon... You and your smiling face and your good mind will be missed.

Peter Brown, Houston, TX

I worked with Ed Cooper for years at Paine Webber and UBS Financial Services. He was always a kind considerate person. He always made everyone smile. He was always willing to guide and explain. I still have the framed picture of the old Quotron that he took when the market was up over 500 points so many years ago. Peace in Heaven Ed. Rest.

Ann Fitzgerald Salazar, Houston, TX

So honored you were able to share a special time in my life. You're a good man, SuperDuperEdCooper. You will be missed!

A.Z., Needville, TX

What wonderful memories I will always cherish of the times Ed and I spent in Brownsville, Austin, and Houston. He loved playing devil's advocate in virtually every discussion we had with the sole intention of aggravating me. I doubt that anyone could ever imitate that laugh of his. My deepest sympathy to Frances and her family. Your brother was a very special person.

Jan Mullen Jackman, Dallas, TX

Ed became my financial advisor in the mid-eighties when my parents gave me some municipal bonds that he handled. I felt like I was rolling in money for the first time, and had an image of Ed (an anonymous voice on the phone) as a stuffed-shirted gnome whose world view consisted of nothing that couldn't be bought and sold. Through the years, though, the subject of our telephone conversations evolved into non-financial interests and values. I told him of my travel to third-world countries. And he, in turn, shared his interest in the arts and in human rights. I was amused and touched when he accepted my invitation to my wedding this past June, and showed up with deviled eggs for the reception. I find that my grief at his death is simple and pure. The part he played in my life was always positive. I'll miss him.

Paul Hornick, Houston, TX

What a sad loss of a good man. My heart goes out to his loved ones. Ed's support of the arts was invaluable; it was good to read about a great number of his achievements. I hope everyone will think about purchasing something from an artist or supporting the arts in memory of Edward Cooper. I was happy he officiated at my daughter's wedding.

H. Marie Baldner, Boise, ID

I have very fond memories of working with Ed for years. His personality was as big as his heart. I will miss his laughter. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Ann Page, Houston, TX

Mr. Cooper was a long time customer of mine and was one of my favorites. It was a pleasure to have served him for so many years. I will surely miss his laugh and smile. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Heather Amaya, Omaha, NB

Ed's light still burns bright. From elementary school in Brownsville through our reunion lunches here in Houston, I cherish my memories of Ed. As I write this, I am smiling. He can still make me smile. Farewell my friend.

Debra DePeña, Spring, TX

My prayers and condolences to the Cowen family and friends. Ed was a good person and I knew him well in high school.

Dallas Henderson, Canyon Lake, TX

So sorry to hear about Ed's passing. His warmth, enthusiasm, and support for the arts will be missed. Prayers to his friends, family, and community.

Christopher Bean, Austin, TX

You were my buddy since high school. You were always articulate, intelligent, funny, and that carried over into your adult life. Most of all, you are a loyal friend. I will always miss your physical presence in my life. Adios mi amigo y hasta la vista.

Dex, Houston, TX

Many blessings Ed and A Hui Hou...until we meet again!

Patti (Patricia) Alarcon Missler, Honaunau, Hawaii


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