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Profiles of James Cooper and James Kouzaris

By Kevin Unitt 24/04 Updated: 24/04 14:50

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James Cooper, who grew up in Kenilworth and later lived in Hampton Lucy. (s)

JAMES Cooper grew up in Kenilworth, where he attended Kenilworth School. He later moved with the family to Hampton Lucy, outside Warwick.

A season ticket holder at Coventry City, he would attend games with his father Stanley.

After graduating from Sheffield University, the talented tennis player worked full time as a tennis coach for Inspire2coach, based at Warwick University but teaching tennis predominantly at Beechwood Tennis Club in Coventry and at Alcester Tennis Club.

Kenilworth resident Charlie Griffin, who knew him through tennis, said: “He was a great guy with everything to look forward to.

“James wasn't just a work colleague, he was a friend who I shared amazing times with.

“It's such a shame James is no longer with us."

Another mate, Ben Webster, said he had been “an incredible friend to all of us” and would be “missed greatly.”

In a statement given by Mr Cooper's parents Sandra and Stanley Cooper after his death, they said: “We loved our son and he loved us so strongly.

“We are blessed and so very proud to have him as our boy.

“A day never passed without telling each other ‘I love you’.

“He was gentle, kind, compassionate, clever and an athlete; but beyond all his achievements he was full of love.

“Always the man to keep his friends from childhood to university to work, together.

“His laugh, his voice, his humour filled every space. In his short life he lived it to the full and helped everyone lucky enough to know him to do the same.

“As his parents our lives have been shattered, but through us and his friends and family he will live on.

“God Bless you son, heaven has another angel, but this world is a colder and poorer place without you in it.”

James Kouzaris, often described as a free spirit, met James Cooper at the University of Sheffield, where he completed a masters degree in town planning.

Born in Northampton, he attended Northampton School for Boys, captaining his year group at rugby and leading them on tours of Australia and New Zealand.

When not travelling the world he spent time with his parents at their home in Northampton.

He was also signed up to Northamptonshire County Council’s register of temporary workers and helped across a variety of departments.

The family of James Kouzaris, in a brief statement after his death, said: “James was a wonderful son.

“We loved him so much and we can’t believe he has gone.

“We are absolutely devastated and in a state of complete shock."

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