The last few weeks have been difficult ones in Abaco, with many families and communities suffering heartbreak and loss. On January 30, Green Turtle Cay lost one of its own when Reneka Cooper was killed in a boating accident.

Reneka Cooper (Photo by Ash Gardiner Photography)

Reneka, who worked with the Leeward Yacht Club, Bluff House and most recently, Pineapples Bar & Grill, was loved by locals and visitors alike for her infectious smile and charismatic personality. And in the wake of her tragic loss, the community is rallying around her family, particularly her 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.

At their Super Bowl party last Sunday, Bluff House collected more than $300 in donations for Reneka’s family. I understand the winners of the Super Bowl pool even donated their winnings toward the cause.   

Bluff House, Reneka’s former employer, has raised more than $300 for her family to date. (Photo courtesy of Bluff House.)

And Reneka’s friends have established a GoFundMe page. Their goal is to raise $20,000 to cover funeral costs and help with her children’s expenses.

Funeral services for Reneka will be held on February 16th at 11:00 am at the Faith Walk Church of God in Cooper’s Town. Deepest condolences to her family and to all who knew and loved her.

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