July 21, 2005 – November 5, 2014
Simon Vincent Cooper, age 9, was granted his angel wings on November 5, 2014, following his 10 month battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. Simon was born on July 21, 2005 in Stamford, CT, to Michael and Ondina Cooper. Throughout his short life, Simon approached each day with joy, strength, bravery, and determination. He attended Winchell Elementary School, where he was embraced with enormous support from students, staff and the Winchell community. Simon was a gentle spirit, who loved school and was very close to his teachers and kind to all his classmates. He was a member of Cub Scout Pack 256 with many of his friends. At home, he enjoyed playing on his iPad, playing Wii, riding his bike, swimming, watching favorite movies and shows and spending time with his twin sister Elyse, with whom he shared a special bond. His hobbies were listening to music, collecting Disney VHS tapes and American Girl dolls, and shopping at Goodwill for treasures. Some of his favorite memories were family trips to Wisconsin, American Girl Place in Chicago, Walt Disney World, Michigan Adventure, and going back to school for end of year activities in June of 2014. While at Bronson Children’s Hospital and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, he enjoyed art and music therapy, playing Memory with Child Life, exploring the Mott courtyard, and visiting with the U of M athletes. During treatment, he bonded with many of his doctors and caregivers and was grateful for their expert care. His final days were spent at home surrounded by family and friends. He passed with his parents by his side, knowing the deep love they had for him. Simon touched so many lives and his courage and positive energy will continue to be an inspiration. His kindness, playful spirit, warm smile, and sweet voice will forever live in our hearts. His motto was, “Be brave, never give up!” and he never gave up, maintaining hope and fighting hard until his passing. He is our hero.