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Timothy “Tim” Simon Burcombe Cooper, 87, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Polly Wylly Cooper, died Thursday morning, October 21, 2021, at Hospice Savannah.

Born in Bristol, England in 1934, Tim was the eldest of five children. During WWII, the family evacuated to Burnham-on-Sea to avoid the blitz. Returning to Bristol after the war in 1947, Tim entered Clifton College in Bristol where he studied classics, played tennis and rackets for the school. He attended Choate School in Connecticut on an ESU scholarship in 1953 and then studied law at the University of Bristol, receiving an LLB degree.

Tim did his National Service in the Royal Artillery being discharged with the rank of LtRA. He took an MBA at the Wharton Graduate School in 1960 and then came to Savannah to work at Union Bag-Camp in the budget department. He met his future wife, Polly Wylly, and married her in August 1961. Together they won the BIG city tennis tournament.

In 1964, when his daughter Jennifer was 3 months old, they moved to Bristol, England and Glasgow, Scotland to work in sales for a packaging company until 1970. The family, now including son Julian, moved to Barrington Hills, Ill., where Tim managed and owned 2 printing machine companies. They lived on a farm with goats, chickens, horses, a parrot with a 100-word vocabulary called Wiggle and a llama called Oglethorpe.

In 1985, the family returned to Savannah where Tim owned the Norrell Temporary Help franchise until 1992 when he sold out and joined Martin Sullivan to establish the Sullivan Group, now on W. Fairmont Ave., Savannah.

Tim has been active as a director of various other companies – Limbs and Things (medical models), Advantage Tracking Services, and the Sullivan Group. He maintained a lively interest in technological advances and was involved in several companies in the digital field.

Tim was a member of Savannah Rotary Club (secretary), Executive Association of Savannah (past president and secretary), Madeira Club, Rumpsteak Club, Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah Harbor Golf Club, Razzle Dazzle Hunt Club, Governor of Clifton College (2000-) in Bristol, England. He was a lifelong tennis player who played for many teams. Tennis was one of the mainstays of his life. As a teen, he played at Jr. Wimbledon.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Polly, of 60 years, and their two children, Jennifer Knox (Colin) and Julian Cooper (Hali) and three special grandchildren, Natalie, Pierce and Alex. His weakness was his lovingly-spoiled Shih Tzus pups – Lulu, Pearl and Buffy Benson.

Tim and Polly are active members of the new Isle of Hope Historical Association working to protect our special area from losing its historic character and save old homes from demolition. If you wish to help this energetic new group, please send a donation in Tim’s name to The Isle of Hope Historical Association in care of Tiffany Alewine, 44 Richmond Drive, Savannah, Ga., 31406. It would be so greatly appreciated and put to good use.

Please hold this dear man in your hearts and pray for his family. Due to Covid the family will plan a memorial for Tim at a later date.

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  1. Allan Knox Family says:

    We are truly saddened to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Polly, Jennifer, Julian and their families. Peace be the journey Tim. Rest in peace.

  2. Dave Hornik says:

    Tim was a positive influence for me both personally and in business very early in my working life. He was admired, appreciated and will be missed.

    Continued prayers for the family.

  3. Rick Tous says:

    Tim was a one-of-a-kind man. I believe, that anyone who knew him well will miss him dearly. My sincere condolences to his family and to those who lost an exceptional friend. I certainly will treasure my memories of an almost forty year friendship.

    Rest in peace old friend!

  4. Chris Brennan says:

    To me, Tim Cooper is an icon. A brilliant and caring gentleman always prepared with a story or lesson and armed with a grin or witty comeback. Tim was always willing to talk to me as I navigated my early working years (and my later ones). He congratulated me when things went well and picked me up with words of advice when things went bad. He told to me remember my experiences when looking at the future, which I still do nearly 35 years later. His presence played an important part in my growth and maturity as an adult, a man, and a father. How he lived and supported the lives of so many people is a testament to how he distinguished himself as a true original…an icon. A beautiful soul is never forgotten, and I am raising a glass in your memory. Thank you for everything my friend.

  5. Donald Jones says:

    Although I have not been with Tim in many years, I fondly recall tennis matches and social times with him and with Polly in the late 80’s. He was always good humored and fun to be around. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to Polly.

  6. Carolyn (Cooper) Oxenrider says:

    My love and prayers to Tim’s loved ones.

  7. Mildred Yarborough says:

    What an accomplished, brilliant gentleman Tim was. He made the very most of life and helped make the world better by his many accomplishments. I am glad the good Lord let him live a long time…My sincere love and condolences for his wonderful family at this very sad time at the loss of this wonderful gentleman. Love and prayers to the loved ones and all his friends, with this sad loss of a great man. Mildred

  8. Carlyn Beebe says:

    Polly and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  9. Wes and Wendy Lanier says:

    Tim has and will be always missed walking his pups around the neighborhood. Prayers for Polly and her Family.

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