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Dave Jesse Green Cooper

March 31, 1951 - May 8, 2021


Dave Cooper AKA Jesse Green.  Born in 1951 in Trail, BC and died in 2021 in Nelson BC.  He had a tough childhood and was put in a situation that no child should ever face.  He dropped out of school in grade 8 but he never gave up on life.  He lived an exciting life and remained best friends with his teenage pals throughout his life right up until the day of his passing.  In his twenties he worked hard to become accepted in the Paramedic training program at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta as he began to start his own family.  Having only a grade 8 education he was turned down multiple times for the Paramedic program but he did not gave up and eventually was accepted.  He went on to have a very successful career as a paramedic with the City of Calgary and helped save many lives in the process and became an emergency dispatcher for 911 in the City of Calgary.  In this role he stood out as well and was recognized for  helping a family deliver their baby over the phone on a 911 call.    As a paramedic he unfortunately contracted the bloodborne pathogen, Hepatitis C.  He was forced to retire from service due to the liver damage this virus caused him and was fortunate to be matched with a liver donor.  This gift of a transplanted liver gave him another 20 years of life.  In 2013 he was told by the Southern Alberta Liver Transplant Clinic that extracellular hepatis C had damaged his transplanted liver to the point that would not survive much longer.  He prepared for his own passing for the next 9 months until the same clinic called him back in to inform him that a treatment was now available.  He did not immediately jump at the idea of undergoing another treatment ( he had been through 2 failed treatments already and did not want to feel any sicker).  He decided to try it so that one day he would be able to meet his grandchild.  He did eventually meet her and she was at his house multiple times per week right up until his passing.  He did not bring the trauma of his own childhood into his family as an adult and provided a wonderful childhood for his only son, Christopher Green, who is forever grateful for this.  His passions were mostly outdoors and included, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.  He enjoyed playing a nice round of golf with family and friends.  He was a person that had kindness for both strangers and friends alike and passed this beautiful quality on to his son.  He lived a wild youth, was an excellent father and found a very special love at the end of his life with Yvonne Shewfelt.  She is an amazing woman that stayed by his side till the day of his death.  This was a grand display of love as the last 6 months of his life were spent in a hospital bed in his living room.  In the last week of his life his closest friends and family took the time to tell him over speaker phone old stories, how much they loved him, and to say goodbye when he could no longer speak and was in a coma caused by his end stage liver disease.  This show of love was a reflection of the love that he imparted on to others.  He left a lasting mark on his family, friends, and community and is survived by two brothers, Ron and Doug Cooper, his son Chris Green and his precious granddaughter Maia Green


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From: Rachael Duzlemic
Relation: He was my uncle

My Uncle, the person who’s smile would light up a room. His eyes that twinkled as he told me stories of his life. His big laugh and firm hugs that made me feel so at ease. There was always something more to him that I couldn’t put my finger on perhaps it was the way he made me feel seen, loved, accepted, appreciated and valued. He was my ‘cool’ uncle and the only uncle I would have dared tell a secret to.

Most of my memories of my Uncle are from when I was young- but the distance didn’t feel too far and never changed the way I felt about him.

I am so thankful for the way he lived his life. He gave back so much to the world and those around him. I believe that we get to be with our loved ones when we die, I am looking forward to being reunited with my Uncle Jesse and once more getting a big hug. Until we meet again- all my love!

To Chris, Steph and Maia – sending you all love and peace.


From: Ron Cooper
Relation: Brother

To Chris,Steph, Maia and Yvonne. May the pain, grief and loss move on to the sweet rememberances of Jesse. He was a wonderful brother and good man. We shall miss him greatly. Ron & Suzanne

From: Pat Stiles
Relation: Friend

Dave was my best friend. We met in the early 80’s. We were both paramedics and worked together for many years. We also spent many days in the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. We both loved to be out in the bush. He was always there if I needed help and always had a way of cheering me up. I am sure we will meet again on the other side of the Big Rainbow Bridge. Coop (AKA) will be sitting on the side of a mountain, elk bugling, moose grunting and the sheep banging their heads! He will have a couple of Rumskies in his hands, a fire going in the pit and a lot more stories to tell. Until that time, you will be sadly missed my great friend.

From: Angela Koenig (Rowland)
Relation: Family friend

Dave you will be missed by so many and especially our family. The laughs you and dad (Ray Rowland) have shared, the stories I heard and those you promised to tell me later that you never did because they were just too juicy to share with a young lady! We loved you like family and I’m forever grateful to have spent time with you. Safe travels on your final destination. Love you.

From: Breanne Persson
Relation: Niece

Jesse was my favourite uncle. He was kind loving and funny. I remember many jokes and laughs shared with him. I am grateful for all the time and memories I have had with such a great man. He showed the world and his family how to be strong and loving. He worked hard and gave everything to his family. He will be missed greatly. I treasure my memories of him and the love I have for him. He was the coolest uncle! To his family and friends I wish you love and peace. I want to thank Chris and Yvonne for taking such loving care of him. Love always, Breanne.

From: Kathy Reynolds
Relation: colleague

I first met Coop when he worked with the High River Ambulance Service and then after he joined us with Calgary EMS including his time with 9-1-1 EMS Dispatch. Those days were the best of times with EMS and Coop contributed to its evolution. Coop was always calm and kind and very respected. Ralph loved being partnered with Coop; and oh, but those two had stories!
Chris, whenever your dad spoke about you, it was with much pride.
For all of Dave’s family and extended family, may your fun and happy memories of times shared bring you comfort through this difficult time and always.
The Reynolds Family

From: Doug & Carolyn Cooper
Relation: Brother/ sister in law

We have such fond memories of golf trips and visits with Dave. Always a fun time! Chris, we know your dad was always looking forward to being a Grandpa! So glad that finally happened. Dave, you will be missed and remembered with love. Rest in peace.

From: Nelson Ames

A wonderful guy who brought great joy to our friend Yvonne.
Thanks for the memories be they too brief.

Gail and Nelson

From: Bette Baird

I met Jesse through Yvonne. At our first meeting I thought, here is a stellar guy, and I was right. An epic romance was in full bloom. Jesse brought love and happiness to Yvonne. Yvonne was able to be by his side giving all her love and care to him. What a gift. I feel blessed to have known your Dad. You did a beautiful job writing his tribute. My sincere condolences to you, Yvonne and your family.
Bette Baird

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