J. Robert Hooper, the former state senator representing the northern portions of Harford County, died last night at his home in Street after a long battle with cancer.
Hooper was owner and operator of Harford Sanitation Services and a former Harford County councilman who resigned from his state senate seat last month because of his failing health.
Around the county he was beloved for his homegrown demeanor and generosity. Hooper was known as a friend of the farmer and pushed for agricultural preservation and environmental measures, yet also understood the concerns and issues of small business owners.
Here is Bob’s biography from his web site:
J. Robert “Bob” Hooper has been a long-time resident of Harford County and has devoted himself to serving his community. He has been married to his wife, Shirley for 47 years, is the father of four children and the grandfather of six. He is a member of Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene and has been a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years.
Bob has traveled on a number of Work and Witness trips to Central and South America, and the Philippines. He also worked in New York City after 9/11. He has aided in the building of shelter facilities and spiritual encouragement. In Annapolis, he is respected as a Christian Legislator and his faith has led him to participate in the March of Life, and to sponsor many pieces of family values legislation.
On September 1, 1954, with a little financing and a lot of hard work, Bob began living out the American Dream by co-founding Harford Sanitation Services, Inc. From the business’ humble beginnings of one truck and two people, Bob now proudly states that his business employs 120 people, manages a fleet of 55 trucks, and remains in business after 51 years of service to the residents of Harford County.
When Bob is not performing Senate or business duties, he is volunteering in community organizations. One of his greatest joys is working with youth. One of his greatest honors is to be able to present a Senatorial Citation from the Senate of Maryland to each Eagle Scout of Harford County at his Court of Honor. Bob participates in mentoring programs, helped to establish the youth soccer league in Harford County, and was a Big Brother. He has served on the Harford Technical High School Business Advisory Board and on the Harford County Business Roundtable for Education.
Bob was awarded honorary membership in the Maryland Student Legislature, a non-partisan group of college students interested in exploring the many facets of state government. He is a member of the Harford Christian Foundation, The Salvation Army Board, and Crime Solvers. He has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and during his many years of community service has received numerous awards including the Man of the Year award from the Knights of Columbus in 1990.
Bob attributes his happiness and success in life to being blessed by God, as he serves his community. His faith is his foundation for all areas of his life. He is tireless in his efforts to help others and is well known to community service organizations. He feels “giving back is far better than receiving.” Bob Hooper is a compassionate man who works to improve the world around him.
Here is Hooper’s legislative biography:
J. ROBERT HOOPER (1936-2008)
Republican, District 35, Harford County
Member of Senate, January 13, 1999 to December 31, 2007. Member, Finance Committee, 2007; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2003-07; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2005-07; Executive Nominations Committee, 2007. Member, Finance Committee, 1999-2006 (unemployment insurance benefits-adjustment work group, 1999-2000; division of labor & industry sunset evaluation work group, 2003); Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1999-2006; Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007 (education subcommittee, 2007; environment subcommittee, 2007; ethics & election law subcommittee, 2007; special committee on renewables & clean energy, 2007). Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, 2001-07; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-07; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-07; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-07.
Member, County Council, Harford County, 1982-90; Governor’s Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, 1999-2003; Task Force on Lending Equity within Financial Institutions Providing State Depository Services, 2004-05; Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, 2005-07. Past member, Harford Technical High School Business Advisory Board; Harford County Business Roundtable for Education.Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 27, 1936. Attended Bel Air High School. Owner and operator of Harford Sanitation Services, Inc., 1954-2008. Member, Harford County, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace Chambers of Commerce; Route 40 Business Association. Board of Directors, Salvation Army of Harford County, 1986-2008; Harford County Housing, Inc., 1992-2008; Mason-Dixon Business Association, 1993-2008. Man of the Year, Knights of Columbus, 1990. Member, Harford Christian Foundation; Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene. Married; four children; six grandchildren. Died in Street, Maryland, January 24, 2008.