Community members in Hope are planning a car parade today (Monday, May 11), a celebration of life for John Koopman.
Koopman, whose sudden death overnight on May 5 resulted in an outpouring of memories from former students, friends and neighbours, was a lifelong educator in Hope and most recently a trustee at School District 78. The parade is planned for 5 p.m., it will start on Coquihalla Street and make its way through the Coquihalla Elementary staff parking lot where John’s family will be standing.
To take part in the parade, organizers say people should join up behind a starter car which will be parked on Coquihalla Street between 6 and 7 Avenue – parallel to the school field and playground, facing West. At 5 p.m. the parade will begin, headed for the staff parking lot in front of the school.
“Please stay safe and remember social distancing,” organizers stated.
Organizers are also asking anyone who would like to share a memory or note about John to email JohnKoopmanMemorial@gmail.com.