Reporting: Si Paton
Following the tragic news that broke last week of Andrew Cooper passing away after a long battle with kidney failure, we reached out to some of Andrew's closest friends to share their memories and experiences with him.
THE LEGENDARY COOPER.
Commentator, Racer, Rider, Party Starter and Friend to everyone.
Written by Si Paton
My first memory of Cooper as we all affectionately called him was back in 2005 at Abercarn for a Dragon Downhill race. Saturday evening after a big day on the track and we're chilling in the pits under the van awning and 'BANG'! Some young lad just attacked the line of porta-a-loos /porta-potties with an urban-style assault wallride on his downhill bike. Not a care in the world if someone was actually in there, 'dropping off the kids', I remember calling him over and saying 'who the F*%k are you'? 'I'm Cooper' he replied and that is where it all began. I loved him from that moment onwards. Everyone loved him, his smile got you first, the energy, the enthusiasm he was the real deal, he made you smile, he made you laugh, he delivered the biggest portion of good times on a plate, to your door, every time you met him.
Cooper was here for a good time, not a long time and that is what makes this so damn hard, he has gone way too early, 32 is no age to go for anyone to check out. He was such a strong healthy looking guy, check the photos, that guy had muscles a six-pack and a desire to race. Racing was in his blood and had 35 top ten results from 130 plus races. To help fund the races he picked up the microphone and started commentating and you would often see him passing the mic over to rush up the hill to get his race run in, then straight back onto the mic.
The beautiful soul that is Kelli Salone has set up a Just Giving Page to ensure Cooper gets a great send-off. His Mom used to marshal at the races to help cover his race entries when he started off. Let's repay that kindness folks and dig deep and show her we care. Her son was our son, our brother, our hero. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrewcooper