Salisbury's First Public Works Director Dies at 102 - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Salisbury's First Public Works Director Dies at 102

Posted: Updated:
Philip "Pete" Cooper (Photo: WBOC) Philip "Pete" Cooper (Photo: WBOC)
Philip "Pete" Cooper is shown in May 2010, when the city of Salisbury designated Eastern Shore Drive as "Pete Cooper Way." (Photo: City of Salisbury) Philip "Pete" Cooper is shown in May 2010, when the city of Salisbury designated Eastern Shore Drive as "Pete Cooper Way." (Photo: City of Salisbury)

SALISBURY, Md.- Philip "Pete" Cooper, who served as the city of Salisbury's first public works director, died Monday night. He was 102.

Cooper, a graduate of the University of Maryland in 1931, served the city as public works director and city engineer from 1950-1978. While in that capacity, Cooper supervised a number of major projects including the discovery and drilling into the Paleochannel underground river off of Naylor Mill Road, which is where Salisbury gets much of its water supply.

Cooper was also responsible for many other projects including the 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank on Edgemore Avenue; the construction of many roads such as Riverside Drive, Eastern Shore Drive, Waverly Drive, Carroll Street; paving the entire Downtown Plaza with antique style bricks; and the River Walk project.

"Pete Cooper was a true friend and supporter of the city," said Salisbury City Administrator John Pick. "Even long after he retired, Pete would bring in conceptual drawings for projects that he thought we should undertake. He also very generously donated over 100 trees to help beautify Eastern Shore Drive. Pete left a lasting legacy that everyone in our community can enjoy. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him."

Mayor James Ireton Jr. said, "Mr. Cooper was a man greatly admired throughout this community. I knew Mr. Cooper as a man who loved his family, as a man who loved to travel, as a man who loved to learn, and as a man who loved Salisbury. His accomplishments as a Rotarian, as a Boy Scout, and as an engineer are unparalleled. The undergird of any community is its physical infrastructure and more than anyone in Salisbury's history Pete Cooper is responsible for our solid foundation. I encourage the community to travel along Eastern Shore Drive, named for Pete, and remember him always."

In May 2010, Ireton and the city dedicated Eastern Shore Drive in honor of Cooper, calling it "Pete Cooper Way."

Cooper's funeral will be held at Bethesda United Methodist Church on North Division Street in Salisbury at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8. There will be a two-hour visitation prior to the service.  

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Elderly Couple Dead in Berlin Murder-Suicide

    Elderly Couple Dead in Berlin Murder-Suicide

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:01:06 GMT
     An elderly couple is dead following a murder suicide in Berlin on Wednesday morning, according to the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. More
     An elderly couple is dead following a murder suicide in Berlin on Wednesday morning, according to the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. More
  • More Store Closures Coming To Delaware

    More Store Closures Coming To Delaware

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:33:00 GMT
    SEAFORD, De.- Another major store is closing in Delaware. This time it’s the Sears in Seaford. This comes shortly after news broke that the Kmart store in Dover was closing. Both stores will be closing its doors this summer. It’s all part of changes coming to the Sears Holding Corporation. Customers were not too happy about their local store closing. "I hate it. I don't like it at all,” said Ruth Sneller of Seaford. “Just means we have to go somewhere else to buy especially appliances an...More
    SEAFORD, De.- Another major store is closing in Delaware. This time it’s the Sears in Seaford. This comes shortly after news broke that the Kmart store in Dover was closing. Both stores will be closing its doors this summer. It’s all part of changes coming to the Sears Holding Corporation. Customers were not too happy about their local store closing. "I hate it. I don't like it at all,” said Ruth Sneller of Seaford. “Just means we have to go somewhere else to buy especially appliances an...More
  • Two Ships Collide in VA Shipping Channel

    Two Ships Collide in VA Shipping Channel

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:20 AM EDT2014-04-16 05:20:21 GMT
    The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.More
    The Coast Guard says two ships have collided in a main shipping channel off the Virginia coast while a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in high winds gusting up to 70 mph.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service