Nooksack tribal leader and former Northwest Indian Fisheries Commissioner Harry B. Cooper Jr. passed away March 26.

Cooper was born May 7, 1953 in Forks. He is survived by his mother LaVerne Cooper, brothers Kim and Bryson Cooper, sons John and Alex Cooper, stepdaughter Brandy Cline, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Harry (Spud) Cooper Sr., sisters Cathy Cooper, Lorraine (Cooper) Babcock, and Tina (Cooper) Wolfe.

Cooper was a proud Nooksack tribal member who dedicated many years of work to the tribe as the Nooksack tribal chairman, police officer, tribal fisheries director, and Nooksack Tribal Works laborer. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Princess. He also enjoyed dancing, making people smile and laugh, watching NASCAR and fishing.