Jim Cooper Memorial

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Lightening Strikes Twice

Lightening strikes twice. Tragedy strikes a friend again. We have this melancholy déjà vu that we have been here before; and not too long ago. Many of us were here (at the Lofts of Las Colinas) for the Candlelight Memorial for Kyle Harris. We haven’t begun to get over the loss of our friend Kyle when we have the loss of another good friend, Jim Cooper. Jim was one of the most popular and friendliest person you could meet at the Lofts. Jim was always surrounded by friends and always seemed to enjoy life. I know that Jim had his faults (we all do!) but Jim had a heart of gold and was always willing to reach out to others. His presence will sorely be missed!

My name is Osten Aune I work night security at the Lofts of Las Colinas and I am proud to say that Jim is a friend of mine. I first met Jim at his apartment when his music was turned up too loud and someone had called in a noise disturbance. I also got to meet Jim numerous times at the pool area when it was closed or at the fireplace area when it was closed. I was often the guy who had to “rain on their parade” and ask them to leave.

You may think that this was a confrontational relationship; not at all. Jim always treated me with respect and complied. Often when I would make my rounds Jim would be on his balcony; the door was always open and the light was always on. Jim would just wave to me as I passed by.

I knew that if I every walked into any real trouble that Jim would be one of the first people to come to my aid. I was more secure with Jim around!

When I make my rounds now I look and I miss the open door, the light always on, the music that softly filled the room. I miss Jim looking down from the balcony.

But then from the Gospel of John:

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-3

I know that Jim was no angel; he was a loveable rascal and scoundrel. But I know in my heart that God has prepared a room for Jim! And I can visualize Jim’s room that has been prepared by the loving hands of God:

The music fills the room,
Family and friends are by the pool,
Family and friends are by the fireplace.

And the Door is always open
The Light is always on

And Jim is waving to us below.


God Bless,
Grace Always,

Osten Aune
March 3, 2009

I was not able to attend Jim Cooper’s Memorial Service Saturday because I was suffering from food poisoning. But I would like to lift up a toast to Jim from a Brave Combo song:

In heaven there is no beer;
that's why we drink it here!

I hope that my feelings will be interpreted correctly by others: After the loss of Kyle and Jim I can’t help but see not so much a warning as I see the “Good News” of the gospels in that none of us know when our time on this earth will end. Do any of us think that we may die tonight, tomorrow, next week? What I see is how important it is for all of us to have a relationship with God and with one another! The time to get to know God is NOW! The time to get to know God better is NOW! The time to tell your love ones that you love them is NOW! The time to heal broken estrangements and relationships is NOW! Why? Because we never know what tonight, tomorrow, or next week may bring!

Kyle and Jim I believe are an example of how valuable and precious life is and how much we take it for granted and how we squander too much of our time on unnecessary things. The most important “things” in our lives are not “things”. The most important “things” in our lives are our relationships with God and with one another! We need to revaluate our lives, our goals in life, and our priorities.

Each day we need to give thanks for our blessings and live each day to the fullest. We need to live each day as if it could be our last; for it could be! What is truly important in life? I say again is our relationships with God and with one another!

Grace Always,



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