Liz quietly left this world one day after her 90th birthday.  Born in Hong Kong, Liz was the youngest child of Dr. and Mrs. E. W. Kirk, medical missionaries in China.  At 11 years old, her family was evacuated to Toronto. She then finished her schooling in the UK. She was a stenographer at No. 10 Downing Street when she met Michael Alexander Cooper, a medical student in London.

Married in 1953, the adventurous young couple immigrated to Canada two years later, eventually settling in Victoria to raise their three children.  A dutiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Liz was a gregarious friend to many, and a dedicated volunteer on the Victoria Crisis Line.

She leaves her husband Michael, her children Alec (Sylvie), Winnie and Veronica, her grandchildren, Michael (Daisy), Oliver (Lauren), Elizabeth (Nathaniel), Marie-Sophie (Mathieu) and Frédéric, her great-granddaughters Brooklyn, Josephine, and Lara, and countless friends to remember her.

The family is grateful to the wonderful staff at Parkwood Court, who kept Mum happy and comfortable to the very end.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Liz’s memory.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens




  • Darshi and Rani

    Vee and Winnie, Our deepest condolences to The Cooper family. How lovely that you were all able to celebrate her 90th Birthday! The birthday picture was truly beautiful.

    All the best and big hugs,

    Darshi and Rani

  • Deirdre and Atholl Cropper

    May we offer our condolences and love to Mike and family on the passing of Liz.

    We will always hold fond memories of Liz, her warmth, her smile and welcoming nature. She was the first person to befriend me when I arrived in Victoria in October 1969, knowing no one. Her name had been given to me by our mutual friend Mary Norrish, of London, England.

    Thank you, Liz. May you rest in peace.

    Deirdre and Atholl Cropper
    Mill Bay

  • Terri (Evans) Askham

    My deepest sympathies to Liz’s family and friends. I met Liz through our shared volunteering at NEED and knew her in this role for many years. She was always a pleasure to spend time with and a gift to the callers who reached out and found her at the end of the line.

  • Susan Davis Bachop

    Dear Dr. Cooper, Alec, Winnie and Veronica – We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved wife and mother. Even though it has been MANY years, we still remember her beautiful smile and lovely energy. Our late parents (Beau and Gerry Davis) met yours shortly after we moved to Victoria in the early 60’s and they always enjoyed the many fun times they shared.

    We are thinking of you and sending our love and deepest condolences – Susan, Nancy and Cathy

  • Kelly Wilson

    So sorry to hear about Liz. Ninety wonderful years of her on this earth to share herself with you all.
    She was a special lady and a unique soul. Take comfort in the memories of her and the times you spent together.
    Sending our condolences to all the Coopers and their extended family.

    Mark & Kelly Wilson xo

  • Meira McLaughlin Mathison

    Dearest Cooper Family — our parents met in Oakville – Michael & Denys McLaughlin and when you moved to Victoria, they helped with settling you in. Dr. Michael Cooper became our family doctor again. I remember watching you grow up. When Dr. Cooper needed a receptionist to fill in, I helped out. Our parents passed many years ago and although we did not keep in touch, I still think of you all. Please send my love and condolences to Michael and my best wishes to all. Meira McLaughlin Mathison

  • Alfred-Job Patstone

    Alec, so sorry to hear about your loss. She was obviously a strong and dedicated lady.
    Job & Lise Patstone.

  • Sheila MacRae

    So sorry we could not be there. Thinking of you and your/Our family

    Sheila and Dave

  • Roger Higgins

    Alec, Winnie and Veronica, sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts are with you.

    Roger and Cydney Higgins

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