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June 30, 2014
Mr Cope,
I had you over 19 years ago as my teacher and EVERY TIME I pick up a DVD, I think of you and why? Because you were showing us a movie one day on laser disk (the ones that were as big as a vinyl album) and before you put it in, you said, " this is the future of movies. One day they will all be on a disk like this...just smaller."
You cross my mind often because you were such a wonderful teacher and person! You truly are missed!
October 25, 2013
well, jay, it has been another fast year and it is hard to believe you have been gone from our lives for 9 of them. Not a day goes by that you are not thought of or talked about in some fashion. faire still will never be the same without you and as in each year you are honored there. We are all about to once again gather together at Talons for a Viking gathering for Halloween and will honor you again. We hope you will be there once again in spirit to enjoy us going over old times and singing your songs. I Love and miss you brother.
October 24, 2013
I never had the pleasure of your company, but from the many tributes and comments made about you that I missed the chance to get to know an extraordinary and gentle man. May your memory remain ever-green in the hearts of those who knew (and the many who loved) you.
October 22, 2013
I never knew you, but the love of your friends spreads like ripples on a pond. Like the rings, you are reflected over and over again in the many minds and hearts that remember you with fondness. Safe journeys.
October 22, 2013
My friend, another year has passed and not a day goes by that I do not think of you. Nine years? It seems impossible. It still hurts deeply and I know that it always will. I still find myself thinking "I have to tell Jason this" or "Jason would love this" and then I remember that I cannot and I smile sadly. But thinking of you is not a sad thing. I miss your voice and your laugh and of course your sarcastic wit! Lately I have wanted nothing more than to have a conversation with you...strange how the mind works, eh?

Today I remember you quietly. I shed tears for losing you and remember the good times and conversations that we had. Lastly, tonight I will drink a cup of mead in your honor and look forward to talking to you again someday.

I love and miss you my friend!

October 07, 2013
Mr Cope,
Watched braveheart the other day and couldnt help but think of you. We shared many conversations about the sca. Wish we could have just one more. You were the best teacher i had ever had and you will never be forgotten! My son has an amazing friend and teacher in heaven!
June 18, 2013
First time I've written here. You were the best teacher I've ever had. Many times I've thought of your classroom, and I still miss it. Can't believe how long its been. Wish we could have gone to Bristol together, ill be going this year in remeberence of you.
April 06, 2013
Dear Mr. Cope,

Today, over dinner, my wife and I were reminiscing about the past. In the course of our conversation, I discussed you and your class. I learned so much from you. (A Modest Proposal by Jonathon Swift, for example). You are greatly missed and not forgotten.

December 01, 2012
There is never a long time that passes that I don't end up saying to myself "Jay, would have liked this or that." or "Jason would have loved to meet you" or "This or that person would have loved to meet Jay." Or "Jason would have had something to say on that topic!".
You've truly enriched my life(in so many different ways); and the memory of you continues to do so.
You will always be in my heart.
November 30, 2012
Mr. Cope... where do i begin. I struggled my whole life in school, teachers never understood why i didnt try harder, but you did. You got through to me and changed me forever. I never struggled again after being in your class, until the day i heard of your passing. I know everyone on this board already knows this, but you were absolutely incredible. The way you helped me still carries on in who i am today. I dont think i ever showed you my full appreciation, but you see it now. Ill always miss your laugh, it shook the entire school! And your laughter was infectious, because when you laughed it was impossible not to laugh ourselves. God must have needed a good friend and a great teacher when he called you home. You will forever be in our hearts.
October 22, 2012
I have felt this day creeping up slowly all month. It is hard to believe that you have been gone for eight years today. I would like to be able to say that the passage of another year has made it easier or has made it hurt less but that would be a blatant lie. I still miss you every day. I still think about you every day. Some people around me think that I should be well over your passing, but you never stop loving or missing the people that you care about do you?

A few weeks ago I found a book that you had given me years ago. It made me think that you were saying hello in a way. It was a bittersweet moment. I was so happy that I found it but so very sad at the same time. I think it is time I re-read it, in your honor.

Today you have been on my mind all day. Tears have been shed, memories thought about and smiles given; but mostly I want you to know that you are not forgotten. I will continue to honor your memory tonight and always. As always, every single day of the year, I love you and I miss you deeply my friend.

October 22, 2012
Time does NOT make it easier! I still miss you every single day...
October 22, 2012
Today is a sad day for me as well as one of remembrance. Eight years ago today, a dear and close friend who was like a brother to me passed away. It was Jason Cope here, otherwise known as Ulfgrin from the Viking personae. And, although it has been 8 years, it still sticks with me as if it were just yesterday. I would have thought by now that time would have made it better to cope with, but for me it hasn't. So, today I grieve once again for you, my friend, shed many a tear and ponder your passing. But, also in doing so, I keep his memory alive here and other places for people to know him and the ones that have known him. I will get through this day, but not without it having a strong grip on my heart and soul. Here's to you Jason..... I love ya and miss you deeply brother.
October 08, 2012
Miss you, Jason...
Love, Kim
October 04, 2012
Hi Jay,

I haven't written in a while and I am sorry for that. Life has been strange this past year with the loss of family members and other good friends to work and then my own bouts to the doctor here and there. It's the getting older thing, LOL. But, even through all this, there isn't a day goes by that I do not think of you, my friend. Each time at faire I make sure to mention many of the great times we all had, and how much it just still isnt the same without you there. Although I know you are with each of us. And now the season once again is winding down and I only have a few faires left, but know that I as well carry a part of you with me each and every day. Many of us close friends will be gathering at Talons once again in November for the Viking cookout and Halloween like we always do. And last year I brought with me the many songs and poems you wrote and recited as well as sang them around the bon fire. It was a great group of friends and hopefully our voices were loud enough for you to hear. Heck, I think most of Illinois heard our wailing.. LOl.. But that is how I had wanted to honor you that day, and I had no lack of active viking participants. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I do miss my good friend and I have kept your picture up by my computer every day. You are always thought of. Hail Brother...
August 28, 2012
Thinking of Mr. Cope. He was one of my favorite teachers, I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to be one of his students.
March 01, 2012
I smiled for you yesterday! Well everyday but I smiled when a memory of you hit me like a ton of bricks. You were the best teacher I had ever had and continue to be the best. I remember many things but the best of most is the mid evil games you had us play....Mr. Cope you are still loved and missed so very much! May you walk with peace as you walk with God
October 22, 2011

Another long year has passed and with it the fruitless wish that I could speak to you again. Today I watched the dvd I bought from John just for the sound of your voice, it was good to hear it again.
I miss you my Friend, more and more as time goes by as a matter of fact. I find it hard to believe that the phrase time heals all wounds has lived this long, surely its author must have known it was utter nonsense.
As always, I thank you for being a part of my life and letting me be a part of yours. You left a huge impact on me that I will never forget and I am glad to have known you. You will be missed eternally and I can only hope that we meet again my Friend.
Love you always,
October 21, 2011

I sit here at work on the eve before your passing and although it has been 7 long years it is still like yesterday to me. Time does not heal all wounds as they say, especially for someone as close as you were to me. Because no matter how much time passes, it always comes around to THIS specific day, and the feelings rush swiftly back. I want you to know that I am constantly doing my best to keep your memory alive with all your friends. It isn't often a friend as you comes into ones life and makes an impact as you did with me as real Brothers I always say. I will be taking you with me in spirit next weekend t Talons gathering and bringing along all the Viking songs you wrote and will sing them proudly. And, we will laugh as Odin would have it. Here's to you my friend, You are always truly missed, but I know you will be watching and laughing along. Love you Brother.
October 17, 2011
Always in my heart little brother. Time has not eased the pain of losing you too soon.
Love, Kim
October 22, 2010
Hi Jason.
It seems impossible that as of today (10/22/2010) you have been gone for six years. To be honest, I have dreaded this day all week. It has crept up on me steadily, each day feeling heavier until today arrived.
As I have said before, time has not made it any easier to accept that you are gone. I miss you dearly and wish every single day that I could speak with you one more time. Selfish? Perhaps. Please know that I loved you dearly and counted you among my closest friends. You will never be forgotten, Jason.
As always, I hope that you are at peace and perhaps that we will see each other again in some form or another. Until that moment I keep your memory in my heart and your picture near as well. I miss you my friend.

Love you,
October 22, 2010
Hi Jay,

It has been another year as of today the 22nd of October, and it doesn’t get any easier with time as said by the masses. Not one day goes by that I do not wish you were here and you and I were tearing up the Renaissance Faires together once again. Those were times never to be forgotten. I kept dreading this day as it got closer, yet it is what has to be to get one through once again. You are deeply missed as a rennie, but most of all as a true friend I always call my brother. Your picture always sits aside my computer. You left a special piece of yourself with all of whom you have touched during your time here. And for that, I am eternally grateful. There are always special people that come in and out of ones life. You, my friend, are one. In two weeks, October 30th, I will be reciting your last speech which you gave at your last Valhalla gathering. Not only to honor you because it was yours, but because it’s words inspired us all. Know that there has never been such an honest, true and close friend as I had in knowing you, but one I still have in my many memories. Be well, my brother and may God continue to watch over you until we meet once again.

Love ya Brother,
October 19, 2010
The day is slowly creeping up and I am aware of it every second. My mind is plagued with the thought of you not being here. Though it has been six long years, it does not get easier knowing that you are gone. You were one of a kind and a marvelous uncle, son, brother, and a genuine individual. Looking back, I cherish the moments we had together. I know you are in a better place now, the heavens are where you belong as well as forever in my heart.

April 07, 2010
They say that time heals all wounds. I think that whoever said that never lost anyone they truly loved and cared about because time has not made your loss any easier for me. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and feel your loss deeply.
There are so many things in my life that I would love to share with you, some because I think you would get a kick out of them and some because they are true milestones I would love to share with you.
Anyway, it has been awhile since I wrote on here and today the need was overwhelming. I want you to know that I miss you, friend, and you will always be in my thoughts and heart.

Love you,
April 07, 2010
Jay, The memory of you remains alive in my heart.
January 18, 2010

It is the start to a new year, 2010 and you are missed in it. It will be another one with out having you at the faires and in your company. I will go on as usual, but know you are not any time far from my thoughts, my Brother. I shall toast to you in Odin fashion at each event I attend, and shall speak of your tales as always, so all will be reminded of you. Be well, my fallen Brother.

Invictus Maneo
October 26, 2009

It is now 5 years as of the 22nd of this month of October since you left us, and it feels like yesterday to me. I know people say it is suppose to get better over time, but for some, what does better really mean? You are greatly missed, my friend and I wanted you to know that. There isn't a day that goes by that you are not thought of, for me, and that emptiness filled. It has been hard, but with strength I get through. And I believe that strength comes from you. I thank you for that, cause it keeps me going.

I also just got back from the Ohio Ren Faire a week ago and we talked about you at the Lost Vikings. They all give their prayers and strength to you, especially Thor.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you how much you are missed as a very good friend and like a brother in my life. I will also be calling your mom and dad to talk as well and see how they are. I hope your sisters are doing better as well.

Be well, my friend, and take a drink of Odins Mead for me.

Invictus Maneo
September 25, 2009
I use to believe in the philosophy, that as time progressed, memories mixed with the cobwebs of our mind, weaving tapestries in black and white, from a life being made over-complicated.

Yet with any emotions found attached to memories, they seem to anchor on to memories and pull them out of the dark recesses and at the same time, make fresh the raw emotions, like bringing the past into the same room as the present, if only for a split second.

Although only a short time I knew you as a teacher in high school, it was enough to make an impression on my life. At this moment, how my thought processes go, I think with the Beatles music being remastered, there is an association with them that ties to you, and my fascination with the band. Funny how the mind works, but I'm fairly certain that you would have enjoyed the remastered music.

Thanks for making a difference in my life, as your memory, I take with me, any where I go.
September 24, 2009
Well, Jay, it is coming down to another end to a great faire season, with the only emptiness being that you aren't there to share in all of it. Know this, my friend, even though I am there and traveling about, you are always on my mind and in my heart. You are what keeps me going in what I have been doing for over 33 years now with faire. And, each time I go, you are always by my side. I know you are looking down from the halls of Valhalla and smiling on everyone. Save some of Odin's meade for the rest of us. Be well, my friend.
May 13, 2009
I have often wondered what happened to my high school friend. Today, I randomly discovered that he is gone. How strange. How sad. Jason and I went to see Return of the Jedi the night we graduated from Hobart High school. While everyone else was out partying, we sat in a dark theatre and had the best time, not talking....just sitting. He used to make me laugh so hard, but that night seemed so superficial and heavy at the same time. For all of you that had the privilege of knowing him as an adult, I am truly sorry.
March 28, 2009
On a pedestal you appeared to me, though now you have ascended beyond that inadequate stage on which you were held by life; however, you would have never thought of it thus, for life had no limits in your eyes. Alas, my tears flowed as free as a spingtime rain on your passing, but now no more. I do still miss you as fiercely as we Vikings may charge, but I have come to acceptance. We may be bound by blood but that has little merit in the shadow of your willingness to bleed with me and others, and for that, you are deeply loved. It is not that our bloodties hold no power i my heart, they do, just that I would have loved you same were we not blood-kin rings more truly in my ears and heart than even the mightiest blast from Gjallar ever could, even on the eve of Ragnarrok. Now you have been born by Valkyrie, feasted with heroes, battled the same in Valhalla, and still you remain among us, friends, family, brothers. It is not in remorse that I remember ye Ulfgrim Alewulf, Jason Cope, Uncle Jay, but under an air of reminiscent nirvana, remembering those grand times past. The dead are done no honor in grief, but in a hero's remembrance, and I see this. I cannot say you were more to me than to any other, but I can say you were more to me than most, and may the hammer of Thor judge the rest. I reveled in my privelege to call you, friend, uncle, and brother, and bear no discomfort in calling you still thus. Though the flame of your life did so, the fiery passion of my love for you ne'er did wane, but it waxes evermore. I have but one wish: that you continue to love and be loved as you always have and as sincerely as I do you, my dear uncle. On the wings of the Valkyries you did ride, but had no one, no love by your side, worry not, for you needed naught, all the love you need is in your heart. . . and mine, fare thee well my dear friend, sweet uncle, and glorious brother.
February 11, 2009
Hi Jay,

I have been thinking on what to say for a while since there isnt a day that goes by that I do not think of yuou and your close friendship. So, I am just penning some thoughts. I know your birthday has past a week ago and wanted to wish it to you as well. I really miss our friendship as we were closer then real brothers. I have also added another great picture to my site of you from early on. Just want you to know you are ever close in my thoughts. Faire season is about to begin and with each day of that I take a piece of you with me and share it with your friends. Be well, my friend.
February 08, 2009
I have been thinking about you a lot this week and I guess I just needed to stop by and write something here. I still miss you every day, my friend and you will always be in my heart!

February 04, 2009
Happy Birthday Jay! You are missed and loved dearly.
May 06, 2008
Hey Jay,

Its been a while, but Viking fest has now past for this year and other faires loom in the future. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you and how faire is missing just that little special light you brought to it. Believe me, you are greatly missed, my brother. It helps me a lot to write and I know you are watching from the shadows.
April 26, 2008
I am still sad. Even though it has been a few years now. I meant to write in this the moment I knew, but couldn't. I never had Mr.Cope as a teacher, but he was a friend to all the metal loving boys I hung around with at the time. I admired him so much that I secretly drew him fantasy art and snuck them into his teacher's mailbox. Only to "man-up" a while later to him and tell him that it was me all along. He then took me into his classroom (I thought I was in trouble) and showed me his back wall where he hung all the art up. *glee!* I will never stop admiring you, Mr.Cope.
January 13, 2007
Mr. Cope was probably the most understanding teacher I had at Portage High School. His ability to draw from us what we would not have normally given was a gift to everyone that had the pleasure of having him as our mentor and leader by example. He is one teacher and friend I will never forget about.
October 03, 2006
Well, another faire season is just about over, and no matter where I traveled, you were always with me. We toasted to you in great Viking style and you were never forgotten. Looking about each realm I have visited and not seeing you there has been very hard, and sometimes I look up and believe I caught a glimpse of your face in a crowd. Maybe I did because I truly want to believe you have let me know you are well. Know this, that I and the rest of your faire friends miss you.
June 19, 2006
i had Mr.Cope for english class. i loved his style of teaching cause he always made it fun for everyone, even if they had a hard time he made it easy so they could understand. i loved learning about the midevial times cause he let me dress up in his chainmail outfit one day. i remember cause it was SOO heavy. ill always remember him with a smile on his face and a joke that wasnt too far behind it. He'll be truly missed...May he rest in peace and we'll see him again someday in valhalla!!! love ya man...
May 04, 2006
Mr Cope you are special not only my best teacher at portage high school but also a mentor.I miss you dearly you are a reserved person with a unique style and class nobody could be compared to you.
January 07, 2006
Mr. Cope, you've been my favorite English teacher of all time, and probably one of the greatest friends I ever had. Although I've known you for a short time, I will always remember the things you've taught us back then. There is no doubt that we all miss you. I will always hold you, and your family, in my prayers.
December 25, 2005
Christmas is now upon us and many thoughts go through my mind. Thoughts of family, and friends are foremost. And, in all of that, there is still that empty space which always seems to leap forward in my mind. Jason, know that you are in my thoughts. know that although you arent here, I hold a special place for you my brother. I will celebrate this day with you in mind. You are greatly missed.
December 24, 2005
Jason, it is the Holiday Season again and you are greatly missed my friend. You are in my thoughts daily, and as usual, I hope you've found peace.

November 24, 2005
Jay, the Thanksgiving holiday is here, and it isn't the same without you. But in our own way, we need to manage to get through. You are greatly missed my brother. I think of you daily and pray you are looking upon us as well. My prayers are with you.

To everyone else, I have purchased this legacy book for eternity. This means that it will always be here and open for anyone to pen their thoughts and feelings in it when they feel the need. The holiday season is especially a time for people to do so. What this means is, it will never expire. Not in a year, not in 10 years, never. I felt it was something I needed to do and wanted to do. I hope by doing this, others will have a place as I to pen our feelings when we feel the need. It can also be accessed by going to this link on my website -

I also have memorial DVD's available for anyone that would like one where all the money goes to a Scholorship fund in Jasons name where he taught.
November 19, 2005
Mr. Cope (aka Ulfgrim) was one of my favorite teachers I studied under while attending Portage High School (PHS). Mr. Cope was quite different than any teacher I ever had while attending PHS. I loved his style of teaching. Indeed, there is no doubt that Mr. Cope will be missed by so many.

Best wishes on your journey from this world Mr. Cope.
November 15, 2005
Mr. Cope was such an inspiration to ALL his students, and he inspired me in many ways. He was very successful at everything he did in his lifetime. Not only was he an amazing teacher, but he was an amazing person as well. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about the words and phrases he would say and that is what keeps me inspired and keeps my head up each day!

We will never ever forget you Mr.Cope, you will always be in our hearts!
October 22, 2005
Today is the one year mark of Jason being gone and though some say that the pain should have diminished some by now, I find that is not the truth. I think of him everyday, and often wish that I could talk to him just one more time, as fruitless as that wish is. I watch the DVD that I bought from John and find comfort in it. I guess I just wanted to say that you’re not forgotten Jason and will stay in my thoughts and heart forever! I hope that your own pain is gone and that you have found peace at last! I love you.

Love, Beanie
October 22, 2005
Today marks one year since Jay left us. And although time is said to heal all wounds, it still doesn't make it any easier. There isn't a day that goes by that he is not on my mind. I look at the pictures and play the DVD and see the happiness and great times upon his face and recall all the fantastic times we had. It is hard when someone is so close for time to even work its magic. There are times I can hear his voice and feel his presence. I do believe he is here watching. As close as my own brother can be, it still hurts. But, one day I know that father time will begin to help as they say. Jason (Ulfgrim), you are always with me and will never be forgotten. You were a great friend and it is an honor to call you that and to have known you. My prayers go out to your family on this sad day. I love you man......
October 21, 2005
Tomorrow will be one year, the day our lives were changed forever. There is still never a minute that I don't think of you. I miss our talks,the family picnics,your wonderful sense of humor,just seeing your face. I miss my brother, my friend. Your nieces and nephews miss their awesome uncle, their idol. I pray that God is taking good care of you. Most of all, I pray that your pain is gone. I love you,Jay! Love, Kim
October 13, 2005
Mr. Cope was my favorite teacher from Portage High. He had such an impact on my life at that time.

The cool bit that I remember is wanting to sit next to his desk, on the first day of classes, because there was a John Lennon Head Statue on it and a Beatles poster at the back of the classroom.

Later down the road, I made him tape copies of the John Lennon box set and he gave me a Beatles record that was on the VeeJay Label based in Gary.

I went to a beatle fest and I got some buttons and even though I was no longer in his class and maybe not even a high school student, I came back to deliver em to him, just to let him know he isnt forgotten.

The last time I saw him, I was passing out open house invites for my graduating from Valparaiso University. At first, I went to his classroom, but it had a note that said he was in the West building, so My friend Valerie Borg and I dashed over to the other building.

We didn't know which room he was going to be in, but I thought it strange when we walked down the main hallway near the office, and lo and behold, he was walking right towards us.

I smiled like a goof, I gave him a hug, and said that I would really love for him to come to my open house. He didn't but in spirit he did.

I wish he would have realized the ultimate impact and influence that he had on people. Maybe things might have been different, maybe not.

I miss him dearly and even had a dream about him last night. Yeah, I'm a weirdo, but who wants to be normal?

I walked into the classroom and he was in front of his desk The sad part is that every time that i got closer in approaching him, he started to fade. Probably some type of symbolism in that I guess.

I miss him dearly, but someday, we'll all see him again.

Lots of Love,

Jennifer Abbott
September 19, 2005
It is closing in on one year. It is still tough when one is so close, yet, by talking and writing in this online book it helps in the process. You are always in my thoughts and prayers as well as the family.

Now, as an addition, I would like to mention that for anyone interested I have an 18 minute DVD called "A Tribute to Ulfgrim" Jasons viking persona. It has pictures set to music as well as three video clips of him past from 1999 and ending in 2004 of him giving a speech to the vikings. This was shown at the Viking Valhalla gathering at his and Alice's house last spring and everyone purchased one. They are $20.00 each and "EVERY" penny goes to a scholorship fund in his name at the Portage High School where he taught. I and another friend are footing the cost for all the time and materials. So, if anyone would like one of these good memories, please e-mail me for arrangements and I will send them out.

Thank You,

John Brunette (Sir Clisto)
June 07, 2005
I just want to say Mr.Cope was a great teacher and role model. He taught me a lot. He was so considerate and loving to his students. I'll never forget him. He was an awesome person and teacher. Thank you Mr. Cope. I will never forget you.
June 07, 2005
I just want to say Mr.Cope was a great teacher and romodel. He taught me a lot. He was so considerate and loving to his students. I'll never forget him. He was an awesome person and teacher. Thank you Mr. Cope. I will never forget you.
March 16, 2005
You've read, or heard all this already. Mr. Cope was a rare man, with a beautiful soul. He was able to connect with the young in a way that most people don't understand. His ability to interest people and hold their attention almost forced them to learn. I had never had a teacher before him that I thought of as a friend. I think perhaps, that was why he was able to connect to so many. He was able to be a friend and retain his authority. Something that great leaders often struggle with, Mr. Cope did with ease. I ran into him several times after I graduated high-school, and when he asked me to call him Jason, I felt like I had passed some ancient rite of pasage, like I had finally become a man. Nevermind the wife and child that I had back home. He just had that kind of affect on me. He would even remind me of some events that took place in his class that I had forgoten. He always made me want to take someone under my wing and show them the way. I don't know I was always a little sappy. I just heard of his passing tonight. I was taken by complete shock. I wish I had been able to pay my respects in person. His memory will live with me forever, and many others I expect. Often clarity is mistaken for excentricity. Perhaps this is the case for Jason. I'll Miss you Sir, I always meant to try and find you at the Renaissance Fair and have a horn of mead. I guess I sholdn't have put that off for so long. I'll not get the chance again.
December 22, 2004
Uncle Jay....
Well Jay wasn't really my blood uncle but blood couldn't make us closer. The whole Cope family IS my family. His niece Danielle is my best friend in whole world. Nothing comes between us and I am always at the family events where Jay was. The best part is the way he made fun of me. That was him showing his love for me and I miss the teasing oh so much. People think I shouldnt be so upset over this that he wasn't my uncle but he is and I love him so much! He has touched so many people and I am one of them! Its been a horrible loss and if i could turn back time i would. There is one way to describe Jay... He is an all around great guy! He is an awesome brother to my second mother(danielle's mom) and a generally generous man. There are no bad things to say about him and god he is missed.
"Uncle Jay, I love and miss you and I will never forget the love you have given me. May you rest in peace and live on through our memories and love. I love you."
December 13, 2004
What a horrible lost for the world.. To lose a man so loving and caring... one who not only was accepting but encouraging of all of our unique personalities. He seemed to embrace those who were lonely, in need, those who didnt seem to fit into the mold. People who seemed not to fit in anywhere found a loving, accepting place to escape from the world. I will miss you always..

Sorry my teacher for my many grammatical errors.

But in your eyes there was always a second chance to make it right. (a re-write for a improved grade)
December 06, 2004

There in the trees
A man stands in light
His armor is proud
And he holds his hand in recognition.
A long white mane falls from his helm
And a horn of the finest mead
Lies at his feet.

There are those who knew him
Those that loved him
Those who would never meet him
And those that wish they knew him better
But those that truly knew him
Know that his kindness lives on

Not the kind of kindness of two strangers passing on the street saying a polite hello
But the kindness of a man, nay, a brother
A brother who would give you the armor off his back
A brother who would share his laughter and tears with you

Always a kind word to say
Quick witted, and not afraid to love
We know you are with us
We feel you every day
You are in the air we breathe
The water we drink
We can hear your kind whispers on the wind.

You, my brother, were one of a kind.
Your love will live on in our memories forever.

A ranger in life
A brother in eternity.
November 21, 2004
I just heard and I cannot believe he is gone. I was in his spot as "teacher for a day" while in school and had him while a student as well. I tell stories to many of my co-workers out here in Pennsylvania about Mr. Cope and every time I hear "The Wall" or see Monty Python and the Holy Grail I think of Mr. Cope. His style of teaching was great. I will never forget you.
November 18, 2004
I was really shocked, as well as saddened by the loss of the BEST teacher in the world. Mr. Cope was one of the greatest people I have ever known. He cared about his students and taught them as much as he could. He made learning fun and always exciting. I will never forget any of the things he taught me nor the things he did. He helped me in many ways and I thank Him for that very much. Thank You Mr. Cope!! You will always be missed, and never forgotten!!!
November 18, 2004
I had mr. cope for 3 out of my 4 years of high school. he touched me. he was a great teacher and a great friend. he will be missed and always loved!
November 15, 2004
To many, you were Mr. Cope,the wonderful teacher,and Ulfgrim, the loyal friend. To me, you were Jay, my little brother. You were kind, loving, supportive,unselfish,funny, and always positive. You always found the good in everything and everybody. You were taken away much too soon and my life will never be the same. I will miss you every day of my life. I love you, Jay.
November 10, 2004
It is a shock to hear about the loss of one of the greatest teachers. Mr. Cope will always be in my heart. He is one of the great reasons I am in college. He has been my inspiration since the first time I had him in class. He will be missed greatly. Mr. Cope will always be remembered. WE MISS YOU MR. COPE!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 09, 2004
I, as many others did, had Mr. cope as a teacher. One thing that I could never forget was when we had our Medieval feast, and I tried so hard to make this pudding stuff and it was horrid, and he ate it anyway then told me how horrible it tasted. And he would never eat anything i made after that. I will miss him so much, he was more then just an ordinary teacher, he was a great friend. someone you could talk too.I hope you've taken your seat in Valhalla, you've earned it. I'll miss you Mr. Cope!!!
November 07, 2004
November 04, 2004
I will carry warm and comforting memories of you in my heart forever. You will never be forgotten and your spirit will continue to inspire me and many people for the rest of our lives.

You taught me, by example, the true definitions of honor, respect, friendship and sincere caring and concern for family, friends and life.

Though this world has suffered a great loss; Valhalla has gained a mighty and just warrior.
November 03, 2004
Not only were you my teacher, you were my friend. I will greatly miss you and your funny little ways. I will always remember the time you accidently sliced one of the desks at a presentation. Even though you are gone, always stay young at heart and keep listening to "The Man" John Lennon.
November 02, 2004
I knew Jason when we attended Hobart High School. The news of his untimely passing is a tragedy and I will miss him. Mr. And Mrs. Cope, you are in my prayers as are the rest of your family.
November 01, 2004
I was lucky to have met Mr. Cope in the Medieval club in High School. He was one of the most interesting & fun teachers I have ever met. Alice - My thoughts are with you!
November 01, 2004
I’m so glad I had the pleasure of having Mr. Cope seven years ago as English teacher. He will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
November 01, 2004
I inherited my first paper route from Jason in the late 70's when I lived down the street from him. He was the biggest Beatles fan I had ever met! I'll never forget the hours of conversation on all things "Beatles." He spent hours deciphering the Sgt Pepper's album cover. He showed me this scary little blurb/run off thingy you weren't supposed to really hear at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever" that seemed way spooky at the time! He was the kindest of souls. I am *deeply* sorry for the loss.
October 31, 2004
Jason was many things to me: friend, brother, and, though I never went to his school, teacher as well.
Midgard knows great sorrow at your loss. I'll see you again in Valhalla.

October 31, 2004
Mr. Cope, its sad to see you gone but i hope you realize how many students you have touched in your years of being a teacher. You were and will always be my favorite teacher that made class fun. We will always remember the days you dressed up and all the crazy weapons.
October 31, 2004
I never had the pleasure of meeting Jason, and after reading the things that have been spoken of him since his pssing, I feel I am a lesser man for not having known him.
"Cattle die, kinsmen die, one day you die yourself. But the words of praise will not perish, when a man wins fair fame".
Hail the Ancestors!
October 31, 2004
I did not have the privilege to have Mr. Cope as a teacher but I did have the opportunity to sit in on his teachings. He was an amazing teacher and he touched the lives of his students that passed thru his class year after year. May God bless his family, friends, and students.
October 30, 2004
I am also a teacher for Portage, but at the elementary level. It is so touching to read how many lives this young man has touched. God bless his family and may he rest in peace.
October 30, 2004
Dear Jason,

I knew you only well enough to know I wish I knew you better. Your presence in the community we call faire and in your hometown was an inspiration to all those around you. Your warm greetings and warm-hearted laughter will be with me and with our community always. You passed as a noble warrior, friend and comrade and for this, I know you will be in Valhalla for all time. May your horn remain filled to the top with only the finest mead, my friend.

Kirk Johnson, AKA
Sir Alasdair MacInnes of
Ironwolf Clan
October 29, 2004
Jason Cope was one of the best teachers I have ever met. He was interesting, insightful, and genuinely cared about his students. He was also a true and wonderful friend to many, many people. I am proud to have been one of those friends, and I know that we will all miss him very deeply. My thoughts are with you, Alice.
October 28, 2004
Mr. Cope was the kind of teacher who made a great impact in everyone of his students. He always made sure everyone was on the right track. People say that there is one teacher in everyone's life that will inspire them. For me, Mr. Cope was the one. Every single day I looked forward to my 3rd block Bible Lit. class because of Mr. Cope. He taught me so much more than I could ever imagine. I've always wanted to be a teacher, and Mr. Cope will always be my greatest inspiration. I will truly miss that smile that would enlighten my day everyday...Even though Mr. Cope is not here, his memory will live forever in everyone's life he has touched...
October 28, 2004
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Cope as my English Teacher and will never forget him. Even after 10 years, his teachings have influenced my daily life. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
October 28, 2004
Jason's bright smile, quick wit, infamous songs and generous heart will be truly missed. He will, however, be warmly remembered.
October 28, 2004
October 27, 2004
I had the great pleasure of having Mr. Cope as a teacher in 1998 and even though it was for one short semester six years ago, it is a time I will never forget. He was such an inspiration to me then,now and always.
October 27, 2004
I'm so sorry to hear about Jason. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. I will always remember the proud look on Jason's face while eating his Turkey drumstick at the Renaisance Faire!
October 27, 2004
Mr. Cope was not one of my teachers, but I always remembered seeing him passing through the hallways and greeting everyone he saw. During my three years at East my english classes did many things with his classes, and he was always seemed to give his 100%. His truly had passion. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who had known Mr. Cope. He was truly a orginal man.
October 27, 2004
I had Mr. Cope this year in school, and all I can say is that he was a wonderful man and teacher that made class fun. Having him as a teacher was such an amazing experience because I learned so much from him. I will never forget all of his voices that he used for the different characters in the Bible, and all of his funny jokes. It was such a great loss to myself, and he was only my teacher, let alone a family member. My condolences go out to his family, Mr. Cope you will never be forgotten.
October 27, 2004
My deepest sympathy to you and yours. I never met Jason but he has enriched the life of my son. Through his teachings Andrew is reading everything he can find about the Vikings. Jason will teach forever through the lives of his students. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
October 27, 2004
Dear Alice, we are in such shock and sorrow. Jason was such a brilliant and caring person. His sense of humor brightened my day on many occasions. He made work seem more like fun. These halls of PHS will seem much more empty without his huge heart, spirit, and laughter to fill them up. We'll be thinking of you.
October 27, 2004
My name is Josh Rosendaul. I was one of Mr. Copes students and have been for my whole high school education. i will miss him very much he was a very good man that was high spirited in everything he did. i love the way he acted like a viking and wore his armour and brought his swords and axes....and when he would read a story he would really sound like what you would imagine to think the character would sound like, it was really cool. I remember when he tricked me and gave me a pretzel with what he said was cheese but it was the worlds hottest family and I and on behalf of the U.S. Army extend our hearts to you and your family....
October 27, 2004
Mr. Cope was the best teacher I have ever had. I'll never forget him. VIKINGS FOREVER!
October 27, 2004
October 27, 2004
I am so sorry for your lost, nobody could ever replace a wonderful man, like Mr. Cope.
October 27, 2004
My prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Cope's family. Mr. Cope was a great English teacher and a great person to top it off. He always made class interesting and even after 12 years I still remeber the great times we had in class. I never looked at Star Trek or Pink Flyod the same after that semester. I will also remeber seeing him for the first time out side of school after graduation at the barn I board my horses. He always had a smile and something interesting to say while watching his niece and nephew ride. He never stop teaching. Again my thoughts and prayers are with his family and we will miss you Mr. Cope.
October 27, 2004
I want to give my deepest sympathy to the family and friends who were close to Mr.Cope. I also want to say that i will never forget him and the teaching he gave me. He will always be remembered and so will the memory's he gave everyone. Vikings Forever! May he take his place in the Halls of Valhalla.
October 27, 2004
Mr & Mrs Cope, Alice Cope, & family, My mom Mary Fox and I want to express our deepest sympathies to you all at this very difficult time. We are deeply saddened by your loss. We will remember you in our prayers.
October 27, 2004
I'm still shocked. I don't know what to say. He was the best teacher ever.
October 27, 2004
So strong, so proud so full of life.
With laughter out loud, you took on strife.

With death, you'll spit in it's face. Your Spirit, in Valhalla, you'll rule the place.

In life, a friend, you were dear to me. Your memory, in mind & heart, shall always remain. Dear Brother Jason/Ulfgrim.
October 26, 2004
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that loved him so much, he was an amazing person and a great teacher! I have many fond memories of class with him... he made school interestinga nd fun he was a great person! I will miss him very much.
October 26, 2004
I had the privelege in having Mr. Cope as a teacher my junior year of high school. The way he taught class words can't describe. He made the most boring stuff to learn about the funnest. He was a great man and taught you a lot about life in general. He taught me to give things a chance, he's probably the reason why im in college today. Some things he did and he said i never really got i guess i do now he will truely be missed by all of condolences and best wishes go out to his family...Mr Cope may be gone but never will be forgotten
October 26, 2004
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I just found out, and was shocked. I was one of the lucky students at PHS to have Mr. Cope as an english teacher. He made you want to learn and to keep learning. I will never forget the report on Pink Floyd. He was an inspiration to all his students.
October 26, 2004
It is so hard to hear that a favorite teacher is gone. I have some of the fondest high school memories of his class. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who feel this loss.
October 26, 2004
I was a student of Mr. Cope's back in 1995, and to this day he's made a lasting, positive impression on my life. At a time in my life when I was apathetic towards pretty much everything, he inspired me to take greater interest in literature, history and the world around me; for that I am incredibly grateful. He also had such a creative and engaging style of teaching, and was always a hit with all the students. I'll really miss you, Mr. Cope.
October 26, 2004
Of all the fond memories I have of high school, having Mr. Cope as a teacher is one of the most vivid. His was one of the few classes that made me excited to get out of bed on a weekday. You could just see the joy he got from teaching youth about something he truly enjoyed pouring out from him every class period. I only wished I had gotten to know him better as I know he was marvelous, both as a teacher, and as a person. May his memories last in all of those he touched.
October 26, 2004
Mr. Cope was one of the greatest teachers ever. He always thought about how to educate the students without boring them. I learned so much in his class and he will be missed greatly by us and future students.
October 26, 2004
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
October 26, 2004
Mr. and Mrs. Cope,
We wanted to tell you how sorry we are. We met you at the Hobart Kawanis Meetings. We were part of the Portage Club. We will be praying for you and your family.
October 26, 2004
Mr. Cope was one of the greatset teachers that I ever had. His class is one of the few that I can remember ever having fun in. He will be greatly missed by me and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I also want to sign this for Matt Leonard who has not had a chance to sign this book yet. Mr. Cope was his favorite teacher and I know he misses him too.

Thanks for everything Mr. Cope.
You are missed!
October 26, 2004
I as well had Mr. Cope for a teacher. He touched me in a way that no one else had ever been able to. I looked foreward to going to school because i knew when third block came around it would be the highlight of the day. He had a way of making the dullest topics fascinating. I feel truly blessed for having had the opportunity to know such a great man.
October 26, 2004
Mr. Cope was not only a teacher to me, but also a friend. He was always worried he wasn't reaching our specific class because he had never taught Bible Lit before, but if he only knew how much he really taught us. I know our class always looked foward to seeing him each day and listening to his silly impressions. I know that what he taught me will carry on with me throughout my life, and hopefully one day I will touch someone's life, as he has touched mine. He will never be forgotten... for us Bible Lit students, he was our "God".
We love and miss you Mr. Cope.
October 26, 2004
My most heartfelt condolences go out to his beloved wife and family; you will be in my prayers. Like countless others, I too was a student of Mr. Cope. He was an awesome teacher who made you want to learn. He had a unique ability of reaching every single one of his students. He will be forever missed, but will live on in the hearts of the thousands he touched. May the Lord be with his family during these difficult times.
October 26, 2004
Mrs. Cope & Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss. Mr. Cope was such a great guy a wonderful teacher and everything. I am never going to forget when he would twirl his pen or pencil around, and we all would try to figure out how he would do it. He said it was magic! I am just going to miss all the great times in class. Actually he taught me how to throw a Big Log! (on are viking day). RIP
October 26, 2004
I wasn't a student of Mr. Cope's, but I did chat with him at several renaissance fairs in the past. I remember him briefly from PHS. My wishes go out to you.
October 26, 2004
Alice my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that I am hear for you for whatever your needs may be.
October 26, 2004
Jason was the best English teacher I never had. We shared an intense interest in history for the brief time we coexisted at PHS. To this day, his memory continues to inspire my interests and my writing.
October 26, 2004
Mr. Cope, Sarah and I may not have had you as a classroom teacher, but you were a great man. You were the only person I knew that associated our names with what grade we were in. I wish I could tell you how I really feel, but the only way that I can express my feelings is in a poem that I wrote just for you!

A Man Called Braveheart

The sun was shining brightly on Friday morning.
Friday afternoon, darkness fell over the earth.
The world has come crashing down around our feet now that you are gone.
Nobody will be able to replace you.
Just as well.
You are irreplaceable.
You were a man of honor, integrity, loyalty, and friendship.
As I write this, my heart bleeds for you.
It bleeds for a man who brought fun, laughter, and excitement into the world of English.
I shall never forget the days you wore your kilt or dressed up like a Viking.
You were and shall forever be one of a kind.
So long, Braveheart!
May you rest in eternal peace.
October 26, 2004
Unfortunately, the last year of Medieval Club was my freshman year. It was the first club I joined in High School, and it always remained one of my favorites. I always admired him for his passion for teaching, everything medieval, and for everything in between. I'm sorry I never got to tell him so.
October 26, 2004
Dear Sally and Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. We were privileged to have met Jason and Alice this past June at our Brewer Reunion and will cherish the memories.
October 26, 2004
My deepest sympathy to Jason's entire family. It has been many years since I spent time at the Cope house but I have many fond memories of a loving family. May God comfort you in this time of great sorrow and may memories carry you through.
October 26, 2004
Bill and Sally........we are so shocked and saddened by Jason's untimely passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time when answers are so hard to find. May your faith in God give you peace!

Love, Ken and Jeanine
October 26, 2004
I ,as well as some others, was inspired by Mr. Cope but did not have him in class. When I assisted in the office of Portage High School I would stop in and chat with him almost every other day. I got to talk with him quite a bit before leaving Portage High School. I will miss him and I know many others will miss him as well. My deepest sorries go to his family, his friends, his students, his former students, and the teachers that knew him well and tought with him every year. You will be missed Mr. Cope.
October 26, 2004
Mr. Cope was one of the best teachers I had. He taught me a lot about life and friendship. He challenged me like no one else ever had, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
October 25, 2004
I am so sad to hear of the news of Mr cope. He was one of the best teacher at Portage. He made a lot of people want to learn. That is a great teacher. He will be missed dearly. I am glad that I had him for a teacher and I will never forget what I learned in his class.
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was the greatest teacher I ever had. I really felt connected to him and he taught me so much. I feel very blessed to have had him as my Bible Lit teacher, and I'll never foget seeing his smiling face at the front of the classroom everyday. He would always find a way to make my class laugh and smile. I, along with my classmates, will always remeber Mr. Cope as our most cherished teacher and friend.
October 25, 2004
Jason always had a smile and a hug for me. Always knew what to say to put a smile on my face. I considered him a friend. I cherish the memories I have of him. He is, and will always be, missed.
October 25, 2004
Words cannot describe my feelings of sorrow. Jason was like a brother to me in the short few years that I knew him. I will always cherish the times that were shared at Bristol, and beyond. His entire family remains in our hearts and prayers.
October 25, 2004
Dear Alice this is a hard letter to write, but you have our deepest sympathys. We loved Ufgrim very much and he will be missed dearly. We didn't get to see you guys all the time but it was a grand time when we did. You and your family are in our hearts in this diffcult time. Angus Guild & "T"
October 25, 2004
I was Mr. Cope's student in 2001. If there is one person who influenced my higher education the most, it was him. His fervor and enthusiasm for teaching made me want to learn. He is a person that I will never forget. My heart goes out to his family. He will be missed very much.
October 25, 2004
It is we the living who feel the pain of another's passing. Let us all band together, as we have done here, and remember the laughs, jokes, and enthusiasm that our dear departed Jason gifted us with in his time among us. I read this and begin to realize the full depth of his touch upon us all. Alice, our blessings are with you, and all the animals, too.
October 25, 2004
Jason will be missed by all at Bristol like the brother he was to so many of us. Jason, you shine like the sun and will forever to us all.
October 25, 2004
I was lucky enough to have Mr. Cope as a teacher for 2 years at Portage High. He taught me much about life, tolerance, individuality, and of course English. He was the most important and influential teacher I had ever had. Mr. Cope gave me the encouragement and confidence to follow the path that would lead to the rest of my life. My deepest sympathies to his family, and my greatest thanks to him. Mr. Cope, you will be missed.
October 25, 2004
Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers go out to Alice and both families. We were blessed in meeting Jason and Alice during our Renaissance Faire trips and getting to talk with them during our Ohio Ren. trip last year. Jason was a unique individual in that he made you feel like a friend. He had a ready smile, and had a warm and caring feel about him that you just had to embrace. We will sorely miss him and have been touched by his special ability to always bring a smile to your face. Capt. Black Kat and Sir Kai the Red
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was one of the most amazing teachers I had ever had in my life. He really opened up my eyes to the history of the English language and always managed to make it fun. He was an awesome man and will defiantly be missed.
October 25, 2004
Mere words alone can not express how I feel. Jason was like a real brother to me and his untimely passing hurts beyond belief. I want to express my deepest sympathy to you Alice, and the rest of your familys. It is never easy, but with as many friends as he and you have, hopefully, just hopefully we can lessen the load and help carry the grief for you. I love you my brother, you will be missed!!!!

Lo there do I see my father,

Lo there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers,

Lo there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning,

Lo they do call to me,

They bid me take my place among them in the Halls of Valhalla,

Where the brave may live forever...

--Vik ing Prayer, from the movie "The 13th Warrior"
October 25, 2004
I was never lucky enough to have Mr. Cope as a teacher but I had the privelage of speaking to him a few times and he seemed to be such an amazing person. My friends always told me how great a teacher he was and his presentations were amazing. He will definetely be missed. Him and his family are definetely in my heart and in my prayers.
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was the best teacher I ever had. He taught in a way that many teachers can't. I was lucky to have him as a teacher and I will miss him very much. I will never forget you Mr. Cope.
October 25, 2004
The world is a sadder place with a man like Jason Cope not in it.
You were my teacher, friend, and a truly good person. I will always remember the times we spent just talking about life.
October 25, 2004
Alice- You have my deepest sympathies, and best wishes.
To all others- Remember how great it was to hear Jason’s stories.
To the select few- All I have to say is TEXAS!
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was the first person to ever teach me about the renaissance era. I have never meet a more thoughtful or kind man. I can't say I looked forward to too many classes but I can honestly say I did look forward to his class. I will never forget Jason Cope, he lives in all your hearts!
We'll miss ya Cope.
October 25, 2004
Long before I had Jason as a teacher at Portage High, I was in the Medieval Club that he sponsored. To this day, the time spent at that club was one of the most memorable times of my life. He had taken us on many different medieval events throughout the area and I still remember every one of them as if they had happened yesterday. I was very fortunate to have him as an English teacher later on. He inspired me to learn. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. I will miss him very much; my only regret is that I never had the chance to thank him again for everything he has taught me.
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was the first person to ever teach me about the renaissance era.I have never meet a more thoughtful or kind man.I can't say i looked forward too to many classes but i can honestly say i diid look forward to his class.I will never forget Jayson Cope, he lives in all your hearts!
We'll miss ya Cope.
October 25, 2004
I never had the pleasure if having Mr. Cope in class but I had Mr. Schott, which was about as close to having him as actually having him. There are so many things that I could say about him but I am silenced by my sorrow. I do know one thing about him that has to be said, and it is that he was a wonderful teacher that everyone loved. He taught in a unique way that no one could ever duplicate. Thank you Mr. Cope, for being the person that you were. You'll never be forgotten.
October 25, 2004
Jason was a true friend and a great human being. We loved him like we love you, Alice - like kin. The world is brighter for him having lived, what more can we say? Our hearts go out to you and your family in this difficult time. Love, Mae and Chris.
October 25, 2004
It has been some years since I last saw Jason, but I still have dear memories of being with him on his farm, of the dogs, and agreeing to make my way up there to the Ren Faire someday. I never did make it, but might still. I know if I do, Jason will be smiling down on us.
October 25, 2004
Jason (and Alice) have shown me so much kindness, and such a warm heart. Ulfgrim will live on forever in our hearts. I'll miss you.
October 25, 2004
I was a student of Mr. Cope's just last year and I am still attending Portage High School. It was a great shock to me to hear about him. He's loved by many of us at the school and he will be greatly missed. And he truly was one of the best teachers the school had.
October 25, 2004
My deepest sympathy's to your whole family. In the short time that I knew Jason, he inspired me as well as countless others. His shining face will be missed by all.
October 25, 2004
I was a student of Mr. Cope's in 1994 at PHS. He was one of the best teacher's I ever had. He brought fun to learning. I think of him often. I was so sad to hear of this tragedy. My prayers go out to you and your family. We have all suffered a great loss.
October 25, 2004
I will miss Jason so very much. Jason touched so many lives.My heart goes out to Alice his amazing wife and thier familys. I knew Jason through the Renaissance Faire and found him to be one of the truest, most sincere friends that I had at faire. I will never forget the kindness him and his wife Alice showed me and so many other of our friends. Jason will be missed by so many we will never forget him.
October 25, 2004
Alice..Please accept our deepest sympathies..Our memories of Jason will be forever treasured..May God Bless you and your family....Randy and Peggy Cieszynski
October 25, 2004
I was formally a student of Mr. Cope two years ago. He was the most fun-loving and sincere man I knew. I loved him as a teacher and a friend. I will miss him so much and he will always be in my memories. My heart goes out to his family, I will pray for you.
October 25, 2004
My deepest condolences go out to your family. Having lost my mother recently, I sympathize with the way it feels to lose a loved one. Mr. Cope was a great teacher and will be greatly missed.
October 25, 2004
My heartfelt sympathies to your family. Jason was a tremendous asset to Portage High School and will be missed by all who knew him.
October 25, 2004
Jason was a steady, stalwart, and reliable friend. I loved him as I would my own kin. To have lost him is a tragedy, and there will not be one of his equal to come again to this planet soon. My deepest condolences to Alice and her family for a loss which must be greater than I can possibly imagine.
October 25, 2004
I was a student of Mr. Cope's in 1994. He was a great teacher and a great friend. He taught me many things not just about English but about life. Everyone loved him and he will be missed. Thanks for your wonderful stories and making us laugh. I will never forget you.
October 25, 2004
Dear Mr.and Mrs. Cope, I am so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you and your girls. Its been twenty years plus since I have talked with Jason but I know he was a good person and loved ya all very much. You all are in my prayers. Sincerely, Donna Stavanau Miller
October 25, 2004
You will be missed so very much, I learned so much from you and I thank you for that. You will never be forgoten.
October 25, 2004
Mr. Cope was the most awesome teacher I have ever had ~ my heart crys out in sorrow.
October 24, 2004
To Jason's Family:

May God bless you during this time of sorrow. May you find peace in Christ's love. Jason, as a co-worker you will be missed and I pray for you and your family.
October 24, 2004
I did not have the pleasure of having Mr. Cope in class, but I did attend Portage and many of my peers had a great admiration for him and his teaching ability. I know that he will be greatly missed, forever remembered and immensely idolized. In my pursuit of becoming an educator, I hope to have the same caring rapport with my students that he had with his. My condolensences go out to his students, friends, family and colleagues.
October 24, 2004
October 24, 2004
Mr. Cope was the greatest teacher I've ever had. He got to me, which is something that most other teachers couldn't do. I am glad to have called him my teacher, and also my friend after graduation. He will be sorely missed by the many people who's lives he touched.

Mr.Cope: Thanks for introducing me to pumping Iron
October 24, 2004
Jason was my friend and teacher. I have known him since the early 90s, and we remained friends after I graduated in 99. I will miss him greatly and remember him always. Take care Jason, we'll all miss you! Love: Beanie
October 24, 2004
I was a student of Mr. Cope's at Portage High School, and he was one of my favorite teachers-he knew how to make learning fun and interesting. Everyone that I know who was lucky enough to have him as a teacher, loved the days when he would dress up and give presentations on Vikings. He taught me so much and he will be missed greatly.
October 24, 2004
Bill and Sally,
I'm so sorry for your loss and want to extend my deepest sympathy to the both of you. May god bless and keep you both.
October 24, 2004
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