Friday, January 28, 2005

Farewell to Tim Cooper

It is with a heavy heart that I write this entry. Tim Cooper, the art director for Overdrive Magazine died this morning. Tim was one of those rare art directors that could also write copy, headlines, cut lines and actually read the writer's story before he designed it. He was not only a creative, hard worker, he was a good friend as well.
When I could twist his arm and convince him to speak to my class, he'd captivate the students with his dry as dust wit and sharp humor. There was a line waiting to speak to him when class was over. I wish you had had a chance to meet him. Getting inside of Tim's brain, even for a little bit of time, would change how you ever looked at a magazine cover, table of contents or layout of a story. He had the "eye" for design that can't be taught.

Tim, a non-smoker, fought a fierce battle against an aggressive form of lung cancer. He leaves a wife and young son behind. .


At 4:56 PM, Blogger Fr. Rich Hasselbach said...

At the end of the last post on his blog Tim reminds us all that, even in the darkest moments of his life he continued to believe that 'prayer still works.' The sadness of losing this talented, young husband and father, with so much seemingly to live for, is mindboggling. But it is also a reminder that this world we see, with all its beauty and pain, is not the end. The Lord has eternity to work out justice, and loads of time He hasn't used yet.

The loving God who called Tim to himself today asks us to trust Him, and trust in his love, and believe in His promise that Tim now experiences the fullness of life, and every tear has been wiped from his eye. And Tim himself reminds us that prayer STILL works - prayer for him, and prayer to him.

May he rest in peace in the arms of the Artist from whom all art takes its name and derives its beauty.


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