Gavin Craig Cooper, 40, passed away at his home in Burlington on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, after a lifelong battle with brain tumors.
He was one of four children of Craig and Marcaria Cooper. Being a Navy son, he lived in various places. He moved back to Burlington where he attended Burlington schools. He opted to go to Shawsheen Tech where he graduated in 1997.
He worked as an IT specialist for a number of years before changing vocations and worked as a school bus driver for Eastern Bus. He always wanted what was best for his family and sought out a union job. He worked for local 1044 as a glazier until his recent illness.
Gavin always loved helping kids; especially with his son Caden. He was his coach and biggest supporter in all of Caden's sports which included baseball, judo and boxing.
Kids gravitated to Gavin. He possessed a unique quality that made them feel that he was on their level. He was playful and also there for them in their times of need. Whether it was water balloons, paintball or wrestling they had fun with the "Big Kid."
Gavins lifelong dream was to have a family. Due to his illness and treatments his doctors told him he may not be able to have children. His fiance' Melanie had a lot of surgeries in her younger years as well and was told she may not be able to conceive. Gavin and Melanie met at 7 years old while passing wheelchairs at Children's Hospital. They met up again in high school. These two people were destined to share a life together and have three beautiful healthy children. It is a true miracle and love story.
Gavin has lived life like every day was his last. He was always smiling and uplifting everyone he met. He has instilled the lessons of love, never giving up and living life to the fullest onto his children.
Gavin is survived by his father Craig Cooper of Burlington Ma., His fiancé Melanie Rodgers of Burlington Ma., His three children, son Caden, daughter Quinn and son Finn. Brother of Adam and his family of Camarillo California, sister Josie and family of Pleasant Hill, California, sister Jennifer of Capitola, California and as a loving uncle too many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber institute of Boston. Arrangements under direction at Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For online guestbook see www.sullivanfuneralhome.net