Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Robert James Cooley Jr., 66, of Key West, Fla., passed away on March 31, 2013, with his beloved husband Brian Michael Brooks by his side, after a long battle with pain and cancer.

He was born to the late Robert James Cooley Sr. and Grace Christie on Dec. 16, 1946, in Stockton, Calif.

Robert graduated from Arcata High School in 1966 and attended the University of California in San Francisco as an art major. He worked for Crystal Rainbow in San Francisco as a designer. He also designed posters for the San Francisco Ballet.

Robert was an avid member at Metropolitan Community Church, where he also volunteered on Saturdays to assist with the Cooking With Love program. Robert loved art, sculptures, jewelry, antiques and crafting.

Robert is survived by his beloved husband and best friend of 13 years, Brian Michael Brooks of Key West, Fla; his sister Barbara Benson; nieces Kimberly Mundy and Kelly Burgess; great nephew Ringo Burgess; great niece Nicole Burgess-Smith; and all of McKinleyville, Calif.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Metropolitan Community Church in Key West.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Metropolitan Community Church, Cooking with Love Program, 1215 Petronia St., Key West, FL 33040.

In closing here is a brief quote Robert always lived by:

"Everything we need to live happy, joy-filled lives is already in place. All we have to do is remember." ~Namaste