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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: Heather Compton
Relation: Friend

I didn’t know Jesse for long but in that short time I knew him to be a kind, generous and gentle person and he brought much love and joy to my friend Yvonne. A wonderful person gone too soon.

From: Lenore Krentz & Ken Goodwin
Relation: Friend (Yvonne is Lenore's sister)

Dear sweet Jesse we will miss you and are so saddened that Covid prevented us from being there to hug you or just be present in a way the calls didn’t allow. We are so happy that you and Yvonne found such special love and though the time was short it feels like a lifetime was worked into it. Attaching a few picture from our trip down the Danube in 2019. There is comfort found that even if you were in a coma, we believe you were much comforted by the presence and voices of your loves… Chris, Maia and Yvonne…and for this we are grateful and our hearts go out to all of you for your loss. We will miss you Jesse Green, our friend and will raise a glass at every outdoor concert and barefoot golf game going forward. Much love, Lenore & Ken

From: Paddy Breen
Relation: Friend

I met Jesse through Yvonne and was happy to find out that not only were we neighbours in Nelson but we became quick friends. Jesse was such an interesting guy and I enjoyed his intelligence and great sense of humor. We moved from Nelson in 2018 so I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with Jesse but we did maintain contact. On a visit to Nelson in the summer of 2019, Jesse and I managed to spend a wonderful afternoon on a patio downtown where we talked and laughed for a few precious hours. Rest in Peace my friend, I wish you would have had more time.

From: Barbara Ann Rowland
Relation: Our best friend!!

Oh how we miss you Dave! Ray and I knew Dave from the age of 14, so you can imagine all the fun and trouble we got into over our teen years. Getting into Dave’s old Chevy and cruising around, you just hoped and prayed you would make it home in one piece! Dancing the night away at Teen Town and him and Ray always having a good time! Dave was a fun loving guy, always so up and positive and loved to laugh and have a good time! I think ALL the girls at Currie School had massive crushes on Dave! We always managed to stay in contact over the 50 some years. And have soo many wonderful memories of a very special friend! Until we meet again…love ya Dave xo

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