Michael S. Cooper, 68, died on January 21, 2022, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Akron, Ohio, grew up in Tallmadge and graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1971. Mike has had many hobbies throughout his life including gun collecting, auto mechanics, videography and racing motorcycles. On June 6, 2006, Mike set a new motorcycle land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah clocking 169.26 mph in the AMA 750-PP class on a motorcycle he spent years customizing personally. This once-in-a-lifetime feat was incredible but, in terms of impact on others, it is eclipsed by his world-class generosity and great love of helping others. After being disabled and unable to work due to his decades-long battle with cancer, Mike traveled to Bonneville many times and volunteered to help others run. He also spent many years as a volunteer at the Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls and has offered his videography skills many times at International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) conferences. Mike will be remembered for his generosity with his limited time and resources, and his remarkable focus on most of his two favorite foods: pizza and spaghetti. Mike was predeceased by his father, Jack Cooper, and his brothers, Steven and Richard. Mike is survived by his mother, Florence Cooper; brothers, Donald (Julie), Douglas; sister, Cathleen; nephews, Brian Cooper, Hayden Cooper, AJ Bozic, Porter Hartong, Wyatt Hartong; nieces, Kelly Hartong (Travis), Julie Bozic (Adam), Lilly Cooper, Alexandria Cooper, Emma Bozic, Ella Bozic. Mike also wanted to thank his many beloved cousins. Private services will be held with the family and interment will be in Tallmadge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the IWMF at iwmf.com/ways-to-give/.
Posted on January 30, 2022
Posted in Akron Beacon Journal