John Wayne Cooper

Born: Fri., Jan. 18, 1946
Died: Thu., Jul. 26, 2007

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John Wayne Cooper, age 61, of Greensboro, GA, died Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton, GA. Born on January 18, 1946 in Queens County, New York, he was the son of the late John Howard Cooper and Mildred Margaret Haemer Cooper. He graduated from Guilderland Central High School and went onto earn his BS from SUNY/ Cortland, his MS from Syracuse University and his Ed.D from SUNY/Albany. John was inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame at SUNY/Cortland. During his career, John was a high school principal at Wayne Central Schools, Ontario, NY; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Canandaigua Greater Schools District and Superintendent at Hilton School District. After retiring, he continued to consult with the Charter Schools in both Buffalo and Syracuse. His last and most exciting education challenge was to be the Founding Headmaster and start from ground zero creating the new Redeemer Episcopal Academy in Greensboro, GA

John left footprints in every school and in every administrative class he taught at SUNY/ Brockport. He was admired by his colleagues, his teaching staff and the young teachers and students he so dearly loved to work with. He worked in the South Buffalo Charter School and one of his staff wrote his college paper about him.

This is an excerpt from one of John''s young teacher who was leaving teaching to earn his administrative degree: Steven Graser writes: I became an educator to make an impact on as many children''s lives as I possible can. The fact that I was a child in need and can barely remember any of my school administrators disturbs me. I have learned plenty from the various supervisors and administrators that I''ve worked for the last eight years, but it wasn''t until two years ago that I came into contact with a school administrator who has made a real impact on students and inspires staff who work with students. Dr. John Cooper was appointed to the position of educational consultant at the South Buffalo Charter School, Buffalo, NY. When he presented himself to the staff, he disclosed his professional history that included thirty plus years in various administrative roles including superintendent of schools. I immediately questioned (to myself) why would this man drive two hours to our little school several times a week when he should/could be retired and on a golf course or a beach. Dr. Cooper told us that it was his calling in life to impact as many children as possible. I connected to this philosophy, but I was a bit skeptical as to how he was going to contribute. My skepticism soon changed to admiration and respect. I''ve learned so much from Dr. Cooper. He has guided and taught me many technical aspects of being an educator including curriculum writing and instructional strategies, but what I most admire is his presence and how he interacts with people. Dr. Cooper''s hired role is to manage, develop, and implement structure and programming of the school, but he often goes beyond his required duties. He is not required to work directly with the children, but often makes himself available when he suggests learning opportunities in small groups. All the students in our school know who he is and many request opportunities to work with him. I''ve yet to witness him turn down a staff member or a student who has requested his help. He not only states that he wants to make an impact, but he also makes sure he changes lives one child at a time. Dr. Cooper is one of my heroes. He has made an impact on my life; therefore, his fingerprints will be all over any child I work with the rest of my career. I believe by achieving an administration certification I too will have the opportunity to be someone''s hero.

John Cooper was on the Executive Council for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He was President of New York State ASCD; on the Board of Directors for the Coordination of the Curriculum Handbook Network; Assessor for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Principals Assessment Model, Editor and member of The PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR, published by the Alabama Ass. of Teacher educators at Auburn University. He was a video presenter for Canter and Associates on Curriculum Instruction and Assessment, recording secretary for the Monroe County Council of Superintendents. Coordinator and organizer for seminar leaders for I/D/E/A Fellows Program at Claremont Mc Kenna College, Claremont, CA., Trainer for the Madeline Hunter Effective Teaching and Clinical Supervision Models, Presenter at NYS AGATE conference, Presenter for Marketing the Library, New Scope and Sequence; Thinking in Critical, NY Library Associate, Keynote speaker for Changing Your Role in Education; The Future is Now. He was a moderator for Perspectives Curriculum Development and Implantation at Syracuse University. Dr. Cooper published and co authored numerous articles and was nominated by the Boards of Education and Community for State and National Awards. He was awarded "In Honor of Excellence in Education, NY State Secondary School Principal of the Year, 1986, a Library Service Award for School Administrators. His students as James A Beneway High School dedicated their yearbook to him, and Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES School Library awarded him "Administrator of the Year. John was proud to be a member of the Episcopal Redeemer Church and fulfill the vision of bringing a World Class Christian School to the Greensboro community.

In addition to his wife of 37 years, Stephanie Barton Cooper, of Canandaigua, NY, and Greensboro, GA, he is survived by a daughter, Tara Cooper Davidson and husband Gene of Alpharetta, GA; a son, John K. Cooper and wife Cynthia of Chattanooga, TN; a sister, Elaine Bennett and husband Bill of Jonesboro, TN; two grandsons, Cooper Russell Davidson and Zachary Cooper; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Greensboro with The Reverend D. Geoffrey Taylor officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Mike Battaglia, Bob Cowles, Jay Pullin, Jim Fleece, Gene Davidson, Brad Morgan, Edward Wiseman and Steve Josh. A reception will follow in the church activities center. The family will receive friends Monday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the historic Hall-Thomas House next door to the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Dr. John Cooper, Headmaster Scholarship Fund, Redeemer Episcopal Academy, 1060 Salem Walk Drive, Suite 1A, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register

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Denney Wilcox
   Posted Mon July 30, 2007
Stephanie, Tara, and Johnny, Our thoughts and prayers are with you now during this terrible loss of your husband and father. Many people loved him. Sincerely, Denney and Mariangela

Vicki and Larry Rickard
   Posted Mon July 30, 2007
Stephanie, Larry and I send our condolences to you and your family. What a legacy John left with his life’s work. May the Episcopal Academy, as it goes forward, be a symbol of all he stood for in the education of children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Vicki and Larry Rickard

tom caruso
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
words are not good enough to describe what a man of compassion, character, leadership and enthusiasm was John could not be in his presence without his positive karma influencing all around him... you will be sorely missed, thank you dear friend for your passion and guidance, will never forget

Ory and Pat Mee
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ory and Pat

Terri Hall
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
John Cooper lit up the room with his smile and sense of humor. How sad to read about his untimely death. It was my pleasure to know him and Stephanie as they were involved with the Canandaigua Community, especially when John was a Canandaigua Rotarian. We missed you when you moved to Georgia, and now...we miss you more. My deepest sympathy Stephanie, and to your family. Terri Hall

Charlie King
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Stephanie, I am so sad to hear the news. I've been out of pocket for the last couple of days or I would have sent this note sooner. John was such a great student and I could tell he was a great educator worthy of his legacy. You are in my families prayers and my thoughts. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

John and Ellen Polimeni
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Stephanie, Tara and Johnny, We are so sorry for your loss. Canandaigua will remember John as someone who believed in and promoted continuous growth and improvement in all around him. He was a wonderful mentor to so many!We are thankful for our fond memories of John and especially his wonderful sense of humor.

Christine Schaller
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Dear Stephanie- We were neighbors long ago on Orchard Street and Chip and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sympathy and send our best wishes to your family. Chris Schaller

John Freeman
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Stephanie, Tara & John, My condolences to you and your families during this time of loss. I feel fortunate to have known him while I attended Wayne Central. Not only as our principal, but as a friend. John Freeman Wayne Central High School Class of 1982

Patti Dorazio
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
I have known this family for 37 years, and I am truly sorry for their loss. Mr. Cooper was not only my teacher, but a truly good friend -- and I shall miss him dearly. The last time we were together in Syracuse, you hinted at something like this -- and I just dismissed you for being silly and foolish. Why didn't I take you seriously and convince you do to something about your weakening heart? May you rest in peace, Mr. Cooper.

John and Lori LaFave
   Posted Tue July 31, 2007
Stephanie, Tara, and John: We had the privilege of working with your dad. He always had a story and he always enjoyed a good laugh. God took him too young, in our opinion. He must have had some work for him to do in heaven. Please feel our support and prayers from up here. We hope all is as good as it can be at this very sad time.

Jennifer O''Neill Carron
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Cooper family. We were all shocked to hear about the loss of Uncle John. Please know that everyone here in the Albany area are keeping Aunt Stephanie, Tara and Johnny in our thoughts and prayers.

sharon stivers
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
Stephanie, So sad to hear about your husband. Although I never met him, I realize from his list of accomplishments what a wonderful man he was. Hold close all your memories! My condolences to you and your family> SHARON STIVERS

Luda and Boris Shmoys
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
Dear Mrs. Cooper, It is with great sadness we learned about timeless passing of your husband Dr. Cooper. We still remember his wonderful speech at Julia's graduation party at our home. It is very hard to believe that such a wonderful person, who was full of energy, optimism, encouragement and life,-is no longer with us. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Luda and Boris Shmoys

The Allen Family
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
Stephanie and family, Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you all. We enjoyed the time we had with Coop and you in our lives. We've definitely missed you since your move to Georgia, and now miss you even more. Stephanie, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. The Allen Family Rick, Patty, Colby, Maddie, & Noah

Stephany Elmer-Scott
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
Dear Mrs. Cooper and Family, I was so sad to hear of the loss of John, and at the same time so proud to hear about his latest accomplishments in Georgia. I'm certain that he made a difference for so many children and their families there. He is the reason that I teach in Canandaigua and am raising my own children there. I will remember him as my sweet principal back in high school, and as a respected leader in my profession. His combination of humor and sensitivity was a wonderful one. As I write this, I am also reminded of being proud and encoraged as an awkward eighth grader, that I shared the same first name with my kind and pretty teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Cooper. May God bless you all as you carry on with John in your hearts. His life touched the hearts of many... With Love, Stephany Elmer-Scott

Liz and Eric Brown
   Posted Wed August 01, 2007
My Dearest Stephanie, We are so sorry for your loss of Coop. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Our love, Liz and Eric

Lisa Presnell-Kirkus
   Posted Thu August 02, 2007
I feel blessed to have shared in Cindy & Johnny's wedding and having met Mr. Cooper. Thank you for making me feel special. My prayers are with you.

Terry Quetschenbach
   Posted Fri August 03, 2007
We sorry to hear about your loss. My daughter (QUEST student) has a wonderful memory of him coming into her classroom to say thank you for a letter she wrote to him. May God be with you and your family. The Quetschenbach Family in Hilton

Mike and Debby Foster
   Posted Fri August 03, 2007
Dearest Stephanie, Tara, & Johnny, Our love and deepest sympathies go out to you. May you have many wonderful memories of Coop to hold in your hearts always. We will miss him a great deal. So glad we got to see him in June. Please know you are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Please let us know when you are planning the service in New York. We will be there for you. Love, The Fosters

Sarah and Richard Vittoria
   Posted Mon August 06, 2007
Stephanie,Tara,and John, We both had the great honor of working with John at the South Buffalo Charter School. John spent a great deal of time in my (Sarah) classroom especially, writing a Halloween book with my students. They loved every moment he spent in our classroom as did I. I cant express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work with such a great man. He loved you all so very much and spoke of you often. We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sarah and Rich Vittoria

Todd Broady
   Posted Mon August 06, 2007
My condolences to your family. Dr Cooper was my Principal at Wayne Central High School in 1981. He was a kind person who made it a point to say "HI" to everyone at the school when he started. After reading what he'd accomplished since leaving Wayne Central, I know he'll be missed. Again please accept my condolences. Todd Broady Wayne Central '81

Nikki Davis
   Posted Tue August 07, 2007
Dear Stephanie, Tara and Johnny, I am so sorry for your tragic loss and will be praying for all of you to find peace. May the love and support from family and friends bring you some comfort at this time of great sadness. With Sympathy, Nikki Davis

Pam Romero and family
   Posted Tue August 07, 2007
Tara, Johnny, Mrs. Cooper and extended families, our condolences to you for your loss. Dr. Cooper was a wonderful person, who touched many people's lives, and whose memories will live on forever. We are keeping you our hearts and prayers. Please let us know if you need anything. May God be with you. The Romero family

Gene Davidson
   Posted Sun August 12, 2007
John was like a father to me. As a person, John showed me the true meaning of dedication and commitment to his family and profession. He showed me how passionate one is when making the lives of others better through teaching and giving back through education. John left his mark many. John was an articulate man who could deliver a speech for hundreds or thousands and have every person in the room be just as interested at the end as they were from his opening remarks. John had that way of delivering the exceptional. He was a wonderful man who always giving back to others, more importantly family, who he loved so dearly. I will remember John in many ways, but most of all as a wounderful man who did gods work for the children and did it exceptionally well. I will remember him for the loving way he would razz me. Two of the biggest was being 45 minutes late the first time I met him and the earring I wore in the early stages of my relationship with Tara. I am proud to have been your son-in-law and will never forget what you did for me and how you took me in as your own. I will miss our time together on the golf course, and Disney especially, but most of all I will miss you just because of who you were and what you meant to Tara, Cooper, Zachary, and me. I Love You!!!!

George Iannacone
   Posted Mon August 13, 2007
For many summers at Claremont, California I attended IDEA. It was joy to know and share that experience with John. He was always an idealist, full of charm, smiles, and a belief in his calling. Those of us who knew him will remember him.

Jodi Marano
   Posted Thu August 16, 2007
Sharing your loss and reflecting on fond memories. May the love in your heart and from those who care be of comfort. Thinking of all of you. Peace and love, Jodi

Lesa Marano-Urquhart
   Posted Thu August 16, 2007
Stephanie,John,and Tara; I'm Sondra's middle daughter.... It's been years since I've seen you all. I just recently heard of your loss and felt compelled to let you know how deeply sorry and saddened I am. I have only wonderful childhood memories of your husband and father. Please know that your in my thoughts and prayers, and that I'm thinking of you all. Lesa Marano-Urquhart and family