Longtime friend Barry Stewart said John Koopman loved a show and even supplied some proof- from the 2011-2012 school year, here is Koopman experimenting with a van De Graaff electrostatic generator and confetti. Barry Stewart photos

Celebration of life parade for John Koopman today in Hope

At 5 p.m. a parade will pass Coquihalla school to celebrate the life of this longtime Hope educator

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.

“If you’d like to decorate your car or maybe hold a sign or anything, please do so on the passenger side so they can see it,” organizers stated. “Please no honking, but you could flash your hazards.”

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.


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