Fiona was always happiest when helping someone

It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Fiona Cooper, our ‘Citizen of the Year’ who lost her battle with cancer yesterday.

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Fiona Cooper (right) receiving her ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award from previous recipient Rachel Lewis of Action Kintore ‘The Bothie’.

Chairman of Kintore and District Community Council, Fiona was well-known for her work in the community. Kintore and Garioch has lost a tireless worker who balanced life as a wife and mother with thinking of others before herself.

Fiona was awarded the title ‘Citizen of the Year’ by the Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay and District earlier this year. She was very proud of that award, but, she admitted afterwards, that even attending the presentation was an act of determination as she fought her illness.

Fiona’s life revolved around community organisations and initiatives. She was involved in the aftermath of the flooding emergency in 2016, she also worked in the local food bank and was a key member of the Garioch Resilience Group.

In addition to the chairmanship of the community council, Fiona was secretary of Kintore’s community charity Action Kintore, which operates The Bothie youth facility.

Our thoughts are with Fiona’s husband Derek and daughter Kirsten and we can only hope that – knowing they are not alone in their loss and that they have the love and support of our community – will provide them with some strength and fortitude.

As Derek said, Fiona was always happiest when she was helping someone.

Thank you Fiona Cooper. Let your memory inspire us all to do what we can, in our community, to help someone.

  • A celebration of Fiona Cooper’s life will be held in Thainstone House Hotel on Thursday, October 17 at 1.00pm. All friends are respectfully invited. Fiona’s wishes were that attendees wear something bright and colourful. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if so desired in aid of Friends of Roxburgh House.
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