October 31, 1978 - March 11, 2023
Visitation: Monday, 2-4 & 6-8PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy., Pgh, PA 15229
Service: Tuesday, 10AM, Sts. John and Paul Church 2586 Wexford Bayne Rd., Sewickley, PA 1543. Everyone please meet at church.
Christopher Daniel Cooper, born October 31, 1978 (age 44) formerly of Franklin Park, passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2023 in Austin, Texas. Christopher is survived. by his wife Alejandra. Loving father of Jack and his step-daugther Mia. Devoted son of parents Daniel and Sandra Cooper. Brother of Daniel Cooper (deceased), Susan Cooper, Jeanne Chavez, Sara Dimond and Maria Cooper. Brother-in-law of Jaime Chavez, Daniel and Cooper Dimond and Waylon Carlile.
Christopher attended North Allegheny High School and was a 2001 graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he played baseball leading UNM to the Mountain West Conference Title in 2000 with 9 wins and twice selected to the Mountain West Conference All Conference Team. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2001
with whom he reached AAA as a pitcher and also pitched AAA for the Texas Rangers. He played for the Italian National Baseball team pitching in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic with a combined ERA of 2.78. Christopher was an account manager throughout south central Texas for Stryker Corporation.
Visitation at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229 on Monday, March 20th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00 am in Sts. John and Paul (Franklin Park) located at 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley,PA 15143. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.
In lieu of flowers or other donations the family asks that you consider a gift to McGuire Memorial Foundation, 2119 Mercer Road, New Brighton, PA 15066Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary
Chris and I shared in the typical successes, struggles and general volatility that come with minor league baseball. He was an unbelievable outlet for personal frustration with his disarming off the wall humor and self-deprecating nature, unflinching loyalty to his teammates and competitive spirit which inspired many more than he knew. He had a natural, authentic ability to connect with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and was armed with the wit and storytelling to captivate any room. I’m humbled to have known him and I’ll always treasure our time grinding for just a little more opportunity in the game we so loved. My condolences to his family and close friends. He was truly one of a kind.