Ralph Strangis, a former TCF board member and Mr. Cooper's long-time friend remembered him by saying, "I will miss Bill's passion for life and the spirit and determination that he lived every day. Despite all his successes, he never lost touch with his roots and the importance of giving people a chance to succeed. He had strong principles and never shied away from doing what he thought was right. He always had great ideas and new ways of solving business challenges. Our communities and TCF are stronger because of Bill Cooper."William Allen Cooper was born in 1943 and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His mother worked as a clerk for the New York Central Railroad and his father died when he was young. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1967 and during his college years he worked as a police officer in Detroit to help pay for his education. His first job was as an auditor with Touche Ross. He began his career in banking as an assistant treasurer at Michigan National Bank. Later, he went on to serve as president of Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio and as president of American Savings and Loan Association. In 1985, Mr. Cooper was appointed chief executive officer of Twin Cities Federal, which later became TCF. He transformed the failing savings and loan into a national bank and took the company public in 1986. Mr. Cooper briefly retired as chairman and chief executive officer in 2006 before returning in 2008 to lead the company until his retirement as chief executive officer in 2015. He continued to serve as executive chairman until his death. A memorial service celebrating Mr. Cooper's life will be held at a later date. Those who wish to make a tribute to his life may direct any contributions to Friends of Education. More information can be found at www.improvek-12education.org. About TCF TCF is a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national bank holding company. As of December 31, 2016, TCF had $21.4 billion in total assets and 339 branches in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Arizona and South Dakota providing retail and commercial banking services. TCF, through its subsidiaries, also conducts commercial leasing, equipment finance, and auto finance business in all 50 states and commercial inventory finance business in all 50 states and Canada. For more information about TCF, please visit http://ir.tcfbank.com . Click here to subscribe to news release email alerts for TCF Financial Corporation.