Andrew James Cope

Andrew James Cope


Andrew James Cope
In Loving Memory

On Friday, January 13th, 2017, Andrew James Cope passed away peacefully after a difficult fight between his failing heart and a bout of RSV pneumonia.

Andrew was born on September 12, 1992, only 20 minutes after his parents reached the hospital. Born with several heart defects and Down Syndrome, Andrew was popular with the hospital staff—both because of his advanced medical needs, and his elevated cuteness. He was an adorable baby.

Throughout his life, Andrew brought joy and difficulty to those around him. Ever the prankster, Andrew enjoyed breaking household objects, hiding things, and telling jokes about setting people’s hair on fire. Just a few weeks before his death, he hid every pair of pants his mother owned. They have not yet been found.

Andrew pursued many passions in his 24 years of life, including trains, Fig Newtons, pretty girls, music, fire, toilets, dogs, and keeping a strict schedule. He has held (unpaid) jobs at the Corner 22 gas station, numerous bowling alleys, Smith’s Marketplace, and the DATC in Davis County. He frequently went to Dick’s Market to buy M&Ms or Swedish Fish. He has also become known for his loving character, his willingness to laugh (and make others laugh), and his caring obsession with his nephew. Despite how rarely he spoke, he has always been very expressive and sympathetic, and was often moved to tears by the sadness of others. (Adele, for instance, always made him cry. As she does to so many of us.)

After struggling to breathe for several days, Andrew passed away shortly after a final father’s blessing from his dad. He will be missed by those he has left behind, but he will be welcomed with open arms by those who have gone before him, and his presence will continue to bless his family for years to come.

Andrew is survived by his parents Ray and Naomi Cope, his sister Rachel Unklesbay, his brother-in-law Ethan Unklesbay, and his nephew Jonathan. He is also survived by his Grandma Keener-Fast, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family would like to offer special thanks to Andrew’s cardiologist Dr. Ron Day, as well as the wonderful staff at Primary Children’s Hospital and all of Andrew’s devoted friends. He has so many friends.

Funeral services for Andrew will be held at the Hidden Chapel, 1450 S. 350 W., Bountiful, Utah on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 11:00am. Viewings will take place Friday, January 20th, from 6-8pm, and Saturday morning at 10am, where Andrew will be forced one last time to wear pants to a public event.

Burial will follow at Bountiful City Cemetery, 2224 South 200 West, Bountiful, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at

  • Stacie Koontz
    Posted at 08:38h, 18 January Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful child of our Heavenly Father. My condolences for your loss.

  • Jeri Anderson
    Posted at 11:28h, 20 January Reply

    I love that smile and will never forget him. His personality was a ray of sunshine even when he was being naughty. Hugs and prayers and you know now he is talking up a storm!!

  • Holly Cobabe
    Posted at 18:58h, 21 January Reply

    I met your adorable Andrew 13 years ago at Mueller Park Jr High. He was a 7th grader in the Functional Skills class and I worked in that class as a teaching assistant. This young man had the ability to make things happen–unexpected things at unexpected moments. What a delight he is….Andrew could motivate people to jump right off their seat and shout hurrah or laugh right out loud with some of his antics…all in jest because his teasing was one way he showed love. And my, did we feel loved! Andrew also had the most twinkly eyes of anyone I’ve known. They literally sparkled, and especially when he was teasing or tenderly smiling or crying about something sad. What a beautiful soul shines through those eyes and that smile! I’m so sorry he’s gone ahead so soon, but happy for those who will be enjoying his presence there.
    There was something we did together on bus rides that was unique to us and which brought us both joy….I would draw pictures on a note pad of people or animals, houses, his darling friend, Alvina, objects, cartoon characters, action pictures, etc. He would be totally focused on the drawings as they formed and became finished and would laugh with joy when each was completed. He just loved watching that simple creative process, and made me feel like I was a Rembrandt.
    I love this young man and will remember the gifts he offered those in his circle. I’m so grateful it included me.

  • Marla Robinson
    Posted at 14:29h, 23 January Reply

    Naomi, I was so touched by the obituary for your son. I just happened to read it and realized it was your family. He sounds like a wonderful son of our Heavenly Father. What a blessing he was to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I hope you can feel the spirit of our comforter at those times when his absence is so felt. I have fond memories of us working together at Beehive Clothing. You still have that sense of humor I remember. God bless you and your family.
    Marla Robinson

  • Roxanne Benson
    Posted at 09:26h, 03 February Reply

    My heart was warmed by this obituary of Andrew. I didn’t know him or your family, but I do have my own son who has Down syndrome. My soul smiled as you described Andrew; I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for helping me laugh and appreciate my own son more! Especially when I can’t find any of my pants 🙂

  • Jerrell
    Posted at 09:14h, 06 February Reply

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your dear son. Soon the time will come when death and sickness will no longer take away our loved ones anymore for they will be done away with (Revelation 21:4, Isaiah 33:24). Better days are soon to come that will make life the way it should be (Psalm 37:11,29)

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