|12th December 2012||#1|
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Ron Cooper legendary frame builder R.I.P
Ron Cooper passed away this morning.
He was 82 I believe.
He was apprenticed to Gillotts aged 17 in 1947.
Ron had been involved in a car accident on his way to work at Colourtech in Crayford, Kent some weeks ago.
but was back in hospital for further tests when a lump was found in his groin.
I have no further details
Last edited by JD; 12th December 2012 at 16:22.
|14th December 2012||#7|
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I had a chat with the guy from (owner of I presume) Stratton Cycles in Wandsworth last month who was telling me about the Ron Cooper frame he had built last year. The way he was explaining the great satisfaction he had riding that bike, and watching Ron Cooper make it, very slowly but with fantastic skills resonnates even more strongly in my mind now...
|15th December 2012||#8|
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I can't believe Ron Cooper is dead! I've had 3 frames made by him in the last 3 years. Having known him since I was about 12/13 when he had a shop at the end of my mums road in Honor Oak Park. I last saw him in June when he asked me to take some photos of a frame for an American customer. I will miss him.
|23rd December 2012||#18|
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I didn't know! Such a shame. I spent hours in his shop in Honor Oak every week without buying much, though I just sold a set of his wheels for £205 on ebay; they cost me £70 so cheers Ron! My brother had his frame resprayed last year and Ron was still working so he showed it to him. The frame was about 25 years old. Another brother has one from 10 years or more before that! But am I jealous? Yes, of course I am!
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