Stephen M. Cooper, CFE, 65, of Jamestown, R.I., passed away on Jan. 11. Mr. Cooper was one of the 10 original founding members of the ACFE's Rhode Island chapter, and he was its first president.
|Stephen M. Cooper, CFE
"If it weren't for Steve, our Rhode Island Chapter would not be thriving as it is today," said chapter member Lori Tellier, CFE, CPA. "Upon his retirement from state service, the chapter awarded him Membership for Life. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He had a positive attitude and knew the chapter would succeed."
Mr. Cooper was the chief of Bureau of Audits for the State of Rhode Island for 35 years before retiring. He was interested in genealogy and enjoyed traveling and sports.
Rhode Island Chapter member Cliff Coutcher, CFE, said Mr. Cooper was a mentor to many at the Rhode Island Bureau of Audits. "He was the ‘go-to guy' whenever anyone had a question on accounting theory and/or the presentation of items on the financial statements. Furthermore, he had the admiration and respect of all his peers and even those officials whose agencies he audited. He made it so easy to call him a friend," Mr. Coutcher says.
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