Former Malden police officer, firefighter

MALDEN — George A. Hooper, 83, a retired Malden Firefighter and former Malden Police Officer, passed away on Oct. 11. He was the beloved husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Kelly) Hooper and the father of Michael and Carol Hooper of Malden, Steve and Linda Hooper of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kathleen and Richard Weber of Raymond, N.H., Teresa and Michael Fitzpatrick of North Reading and Janice and Tom O’Brien of Reading. George was the grandfather of Michael and Jessica, Nicholas, Craig, Alicia, Joe, Melanie, Matthew, Meghan, Sarah, Colleen, Erin, Eric, Adam and Julie and the great–grandfather of Joey, Lily and Michael Anthony. He was the brother of Robert Hooper and his wife Elaine of China Lake, Calif. He is also survived by his beloved companion Brady and his extended family from Prince Edward Island, Canada.

George was raised in Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. After graduation, he served his country honorably as a member the United States Coast Guard. He moved to Malden in 1956, joining the police force for seven years before changing careers and becoming a firefighter. George was stationed at District 3 in Malden. He was known as the first man to have the ability to drive the Tower Ladder Truck. He retired after 40 years of service to the city. He was a former volunteer at Malden Catholic High School.

His funeral was held from the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden on Friday Oct. 16 followed by a funeral Mass celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant St., Malden. Services concluded with interment in Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Malden Fire Fighters Relief Association, 1 Sprague St., Malden MA 02148.