Leon Cooper, longtime baseball umpire...

Leon Cooper, longtime baseball umpire, dead at 82

There are 19 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 12, 2008, titled Leon Cooper, longtime baseball umpire, dead at 82. In it, Newsday reports that:

When he worked his last Yankee oldtimers game three years ago, Leon Cooper wore the same pair of shoes he had worn since he began umpiring baseball in 1949.

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Bruce

Port Washington, NY

#1 Jun 12, 2008
RIP Mr. Cooper
Barry Cogan

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Jun 12, 2008
Leo Cooper was my Jr. High School 74 Gym teacher, but more important an Umpire of our 1958 PSAL (Public School Athletic League) Baseball Championship Team (Martin Van Buren High School of Queens Village).

We are having a 50 year Celebration on June 28, 2008 and are deeply sorry that Leo could not be with us.

"You are SAFE, Leo."
JEFF LOVERING

AOL

#3 Jun 12, 2008
MR. COOPER WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND MOTIVATOR. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HIM FROM RUSSELL SAGE JHS. I REMEMBER HIM WELL, AND AM SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY'S LOSS. I CAN STILL HEAR HIS DISTINCTIVE VOICE. HE WAS SERVED AS DEAN OF BOYS WHEN I ATTENDED THERE. HE WAS FIRM BUT FAIR IN HIS DEALING WITH THE YOUTH OF THAT TIME. I WISH WE HAD 10,000 OF HIM TO DEAL WITH TODAY'S YOUTH. RIP, COACH
know1

AOL

#4 Jun 12, 2008
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knowOutzNoneOn&aFullCount

eye met h1m @ h1z d1n1n'room table...
through a friend az close az brother.

remember bel1ev1n'...
he 1z truth...
he 1z real...
he 1z the k1nd of man...
that candy-coated knowthin'...
& made every1 around...
safe.

a bless1n' 4 th1z world 2 have held...
Leo Cooper.
Mark

Hollis, NY

#5 Jun 13, 2008
A great man who gave me guidance in teaching and baseball. A one of a kind who will be greatly missed. RIP Leo. Thanks for everything!
Mark

Hollis, NY

#6 Jun 13, 2008
Leo gave me guidance in teaching and baseball. A one of a kind personality! RIP Leo. You'll be missed by many.
Mike

Madison, WI

#7 Jun 13, 2008
He was a legend. He taught many people about baseball and about life. You could not find a gym teacher like him today.
Russell Sage 1979

Sterling, VA

#8 Jun 13, 2008
Mr. Cooper, you scared me to death with your gruff bark of a voice, but I knew you were a sweetheart when my friend timidly asked you for "feminine hygiene products" and you barked,"Whaddya gotta be embarrassed for-- I got 6 daughters!" (Maybe I have the #s wrong but I recall it all as if it were yesterday.) One in a million, bless you Mr. Cooper!
Richard

New York, NY

#9 Jul 15, 2008
He was a good man and more importantly a good teacher, to me and my fellow umpires. May he be remembered for his contributions to all.
Daughter Karen

AOL

#10 Aug 6, 2008
Whoever wrote this, thank you. It is beautiful. You are definitely some1.
know1 wrote:
<center>
knowOutzNoneOn&aFullCount
eye met h1m @ h1z d1n1n'room table...
through a friend az close az brother.
remember bel1ev1n'...
he 1z truth...
he 1z real...
he 1z the k1nd of man...
that candy-coated knowthin'...
& made every1 around...
safe.
a bless1n' 4 th1z world 2 have held...
Leo Cooper.
Lloyd

Livingston, NJ

#11 Oct 6, 2008
I just learned of Mr. Cooper's passing. Leon Cooper was a vanished breed of teacher. He embodied the characteristics of commitment, tough caring and savvy into one memorable instructor. I attended Russell Sage Junior High School in Forest Hills, NY, where Mr. Cooper taught and molded personalities, in the late 60s. His lessons have stayed with me for almost forty years. He will be missed. If anyone has contact information for his family, I would appreciate it if you could forward it with the subject heading "Mr. Cooper" to [email protected] Many thanks, and condolences to his family.
lou safrin

Flemington, NJ

#12 Nov 9, 2008
[Oh how fortunate you must be to be the daughter of such a great person-whose life touched so many and whose presence is ever lasting. My most cherished childhood years were in JHS and so many of them were Sage days with Mr. cooper. I was somewhat athletic in those days and he would actually play football with us in the schoolyard, because as he told me, that particular class was his favorite...and my claim to fame was that I was his favorite receiver. To me. at least, what an honor. I will miss you.
Lloyd Fishman River Vale

Port Chester, NY

#13 Jun 4, 2009
I worked many a game with Leo from 1974-1982 both at the HS and College level. Despite a voice that I will never forget, he will be remembered as a great mentor who supported me up the umpiring ranks. My lasting impression is that Leo came to see me work the plate at the 1981 Catholic High School Championship game in Yankee Stadium. I called a darn good game and when it was over, like a proud father who saw his "kid do good" (mine passed away in 1976), he came up to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I'll always value Leo as a friend and teacher.
Laura

Brooklyn, NY

#14 May 6, 2010
Mr Cooper was the greatest! I lost my father the first year I met him. He was like a father in a school setting. He watched over me. He was usually busting my chops. I have missed him a lot over the years. I saw him one day in the neighborhood,(A good 20 twenty years later,) and he still remembered me, my siblings names and the first 6 numbers of my mother's work phone number. He cared for all. I passed the house today and only saw the one flag and decided google him. So now I sit here crying... Today being the national day of prayer, My prayers will go to the family, friends and students of our beloved Mr Cooper.
Bernard Tabachnik

Newark, NJ

#15 Jul 20, 2011
Worked with Leo as a fellow teacher, dean, and AP @ Russell Sage for almost 30 years. Hard to belive I was thinking of him yesterday and found out via google-search of his passing.

The last I saw of him, he was an umpire at the old-timers game at Yankee Stadium, and he came over to the stands when I shouted to him. He came over to the stands to say hello.

He was an unusual person/teacher in the best sense of the word.

He will surely be missed.
jeff Rubenstein

New York, NY

#16 Sep 27, 2012
I can still remember the fear I felt when Mr Cooper caught me smoking in the bathroom at Sage.when I saw the look on his face I thought my life was surely over,after a very stern lecture he gave me the chance to change my ways or he would contact my parents..It is really amazing that as a 61 year old guy I still remember it like it was yesterday.
My deepest sympathies to his family as Mr Cooper was truly a one of a kind man.
City Girl

Princeton, KY

#17 Sep 30, 2012
It takes a true legend to leave his mark on the world. Looks like Mr Cooper filled those cleats well.
Forever Grateful

AOL

#18 Oct 3, 2012
Back in the days of Junior High...Mr. Cooper took it upon himself to keep me safe, offering me much needed protection. I will always remeber his kindness and concern. RIP My condolences and prayers are with his family.
UNFORGETTABLE

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Oct 3, 2012
ALRIGHT YOU STUPID JACK ASSES! WORDS OF ENDEARMENT.
HE LOVED ALL OF US AND WANTED ONLY FOR US TO KEEP IN LINE.WE ALL LOVED AND RESPECTED MR COOPER.HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE LEGEND.

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