COOPER, WILLIAM JAMES IV, died peacefully at home December 4, 2012, surrounded by loved ones.
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He was a man of courage, great heart, humor and a wicked short game. Born December 9, 1939, he was the eldest of six sons born to William J. Cooper III and Massie Roberts Cooper. It was a family of athletes which was named Kentucky Tennis Family of the Year in 1965. Bill won the state high school title for his beloved St. Xavier High School and is a member of the St. X Hall of Honors, president of the St. X Alumnae Assoc. Board of Directors, and served many years as the "creative" class agent for his class of 1957.
He played tennis at the University of Miami where he was proud to say he never lost a match, and received bachelor and master of science degrees from the University of Louisville. The time he served in the United States Marines inspired him and became part of his identity. He was once and always a Marine.
He enjoyed flying model airplanes as well as piloting his own plane, but it was golf that most fascinated and delighted him. He loved the game and his friends with whom he played at the Audubon and Louisville country clubs. He was a focused athlete who even managed to improve his handicap to a 3 while undergoing chemotherapy.
He enjoyed his work in the electronic security industry and worked until his death for TYCO Integrated Security. He was president of the Kentucky Electronic Security Assoc. and served as Secretary of the national ESA Board of Directors.
Bill was a story teller and a talented writer, and friend to many who will miss him.
He is survived by his wife and "Chemosabe" Jill Haden Cooper; his sons, Bill, Ashley and Jason Cooper; his stepchildren, Brendan Behlke and Dara Quinlan; and his cherished grandchildren, William DiAngelis Cooper and Cameron Quinlan; by his brothers, Bob, Jackie, Tommy, Chuck and Tim Cooper, many nieces and nephews and, it must be said, his dogs Cappy and Tyler.
The family is most grateful to every person on the teams that cared for Bill, and most particularly to the extraordinary and gifted Doctors Albert B. Hoskins III and Donald M. Miller. A service celebrating Bill's life will be held 5 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2012 at St. Andrews Episcopal, 2233 Woodbourne Ave., with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to cancer research at the Brown Cancer Center, 529 S. Jackson St., Louisville KY 40202, or to the Student Aid Fund at St. Xavier High School, 1609 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY 40217.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, 2012