Patrick Waldron Cooper, founder and president of a Florida restaurant supply company and a former Govans resident, died of melanoma Saturday at his home in Sugarloaf Key, Fla. He was 52.
Mr. Cooper was born in Baltimore and raised on Orkney Road in Govans. He was a 1972 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied business at what is now Towson University.
Beginning in the 1970s, Mr. Cooper worked summers as a waiter in Ocean City and winters in the Florida Keys.
"He was a waiter at the Embers and the Saute Cafe in Ocean City, and at the Cracked Conch in Marathon, Fla.," said a sister, Margaret "Mike" Cooper Berman of Stoneleigh.
In 1993, Mr. Cooper established Low Key Supply in Key West, providing area restaurants with cutlery, linens, paper products and cleaning supplies.
A fan of the Grateful Dead, Zero and the Steve Kimock Band, Mr. Cooper attended hundreds of concerts across the country, legally taping their performances, family members said. "He had assembled a huge collection of live concert tapes," his sister said.
Mr. Cooper was a former communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 5500 York Road, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 20.
Survivors also include his wife of nine years, the former Angela Creech; two sons, Miles Cooper, 8, and Mason Cooper, 6; and another sister, Mary Cooper Ayd of Lutherville; and several nieces and nephews.