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Cooper, Gael N.

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October 14, 1946 - March 19, 2019

Cooper, Gael N.

Gael Norman Cooper passed away March 19, 2019 of natural causes in his Dallas, TX home.  He was born October 14, 1946 in St. Louis, MO to Dorothy McManus Cooper and Norman Wilford Cooper. He is survived by his sister, Carol Cooper Sprawls and husband, Jack Sprawls, nephew, Scott Ryan Sprawls and wife Sara Sprawls, nieces, Melissa Sprawls Anderson and husband, Erik Anderson and Ashley Sprawls and three great-nieces, Natalie, Tyler and Parker and one great-nephew, Hayden.

Gael graduated from Highland Park High School in 1965 and the University of North Texas in 1970 with a BA in Speech and Drama. He worked most of his adult life in customer service and sales. Gael enjoyed photography, traveling, camping and hiking in nature spots all over the U.S. and Canada. Some of his favorite camping spots were the Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Yellowstone NP, Yosemite NP, Glacier NP, and the Grand Tetons. He spent many evenings playing chess with close friends. Family gatherings were important to Gael so he was always on-site to celebrate holidays and special occasions with family. He was very intentional about making hospital visits to friends and family.  Since childhood Gael had a love for cats and adopted many strays who found their way to his home.

Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M College of Dentistry or the American Heart Association at

A memorial service will be held at noon on April 5 at Aria Cremation and Funeral Services, 19310 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252. The family will host a reception immediately following the service.


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Michelle Harris

April 04, 2019 9:23PM

I will always cherish Gael’s infectious laugh and smile. He served our clients customers for many years and was a gem to interact with. We all enjoyed his many memories shared through photos of his adventures. Lifting you up in prayer.

Judy Hamlet

March 31, 2019 11:28AM

I remember Gael as always kind, always friendly, and he had a way of smiling and making others smile. I will always be grateful to him taking time to visit my mom to tell her goodbye when she left Dallas. He made her feel very special. Mom loved his parents very much, and he honored their memory by his gesture of visiting my mom to wish her well as she left her beloved Dallas.

Dr. Amerian Sones

March 31, 2019 10:01AM

Mr. Cooper was a special patient to our programs at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, Office of Continuing Education. He had a humorous and candid personality and we enjoyed working with him as we began to know him better. He contributed to our program immensely and many faculty and students benefited from the special work we provided for him. He will be missed but always remembered. Our dental team sends our regards and condolences to his family. We were so surprised to learn about this. We know that he was a good man and we are thankful that we were able to know and treat him and also are thankful for the special care his sister Carol always provided. They are special people to our program and the school. Dr. Sones