Cooper played 34 first-class matches for Queensland between 1959-1968, taking 84 catches and 18 stumpings, while also enjoying a long career with the University of Queensland Cricket Club in Brisbane.
His dedication and passion for cricket extended far beyond his playing days where he held several administration roles and was instrumental in the development and growth of cricket in Queensland.
It is through his roles as President of Wanderers Queensland and Chairman of Lord's Taverners Queensland that his impact on cricket will perhaps be best remembered, ensuring cricket could be played and enjoyed by people all across the state.
His roles and achievements included:
- 34 first-class matches for Queensland.
- Appointed Queensland Cricket Association Secretary in 1969.
- President of Queensland Primary Schools Cricket.
- President of the Wanderers Queensland Club.
- Queensland Cricketers' Club Manager / Secretary.
- Lord’s Taverners Queensland Chairman.
- Presented with a Service to Sport at the 2009 Queensland Sport Awards.
- Awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011 for Services to Cricket.
- Awarded Queensland Cricket Life Membership in 2014.
- Recognised as Queensland Veterans Cricket's first Life Member in 2019.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters paid tribute to Cooper's contribution to cricket in Queensland.
"There are few people that could say they have had as much of an impact on cricket in Queensland as Lew. He enjoyed great success as a wicket-keeper for Queensland, and if it had not been for a fellow Queenslander in Wally Grout, would have undoubtedly played for Australia.
"While he was a great Queensland player on the field, it was his tireless work off it that made him a truly great person. It is because of his passion and dedication for cricket that many others have been able to play and enjoy our game across all levels. It is fitting that this season the Lew Cooper Cup was awarded to the winners of the Lord's Taverners competition.
"He was a much-loved and valued member of the Queensland Cricket family and a very worthy recipient of Life Membership in 2014.
"As a great man and dear friend to many, he will be sorely missed.
"Our thoughts are with Lew's family and his many friends at this time."