It is with regret that I have to share with The Business Exchange readers that we have lost one of the most cherished members of our business community, Julie Cooper, Media Manager for Netheravon Skydive. Julie passed away on Tuesday 23rd March following a short illness.
Sometimes in life you come across extraordinary people and Julie was one of them. Her zest for life and positive attitude was infectious. Julie was entirely selfless and did so much for so many. In the last year Julie picked up the phone (more than once) to check that I was OK through lockdown. She did this for many friends too and remained cheery throughout, telling me about her daily walks around Corsham and how she couldn’t wait to get back to doing what she did best – networking and connecting people through her work at Netheravon Skydive and as Chair of Bath Business Women’s Association (BBWA).
In January, Julie took part in our Keeping Positive Through Lockdown 3.0series and shared her tips on staying upbeat. She said, “I’ve found picking up the phone and talking to my friends and family is a tonic itself, you can have a moan, but it’s more likely that you end up laughing with someone. Laughter certainly makes life a lot more bearable in difficult situations.”
Julie also wrote many other poignant words in this piece including:
“Remembering to ‘treat people as you would like to be treated’ has always served me well.”
“Material things don’t really matter, it’s the people that count.”
Julie certainly lived, laughed and loved. I think we should all follow Julie’s mantra.
Many business friends have shared their tributes…
“Julie was truly a superwoman, a loving wife, mother and grandmother who adored all her family, an inspirational leader of BBWA for many years, the most amazing funny bubbly and kind friend that anyone could wish to have. We shared many a laugh and should have had many more, you have been taken way too soon! My love and thoughts are with all her family at this very sad time. Rest in peace my gorgeous friend.” – Bev Lee, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
“I’ve had the privilege of being able to call Julie a friend since we were on the BBWA committee together in around 2005. From committee meetings, boules tournaments and BBWA events Julie’s laughter, enthusiasm, sense of mischief and ability to make friends and connections marked her out as someone very special. I am so glad that despite everything that the last year has thrown at us that we were able to see her in person to celebrate her 70th. It is a testament to Julie how she managed to unite a group of women of different ages and walks of life. All meetings and events were chaired with tact and diplomacy and ensured everyone was welcomed and included into the group. Our Zoom networking sessions have been one of the highlights of lockdown for me. Our lives are better for having had the pleasure of knowing her and she will be greatly missed.” – Angela Emms
“Julie was the person you looked for first at any business event so you could have a cuddle, a sweetie and a good old laugh. She was an incredible lady, beautiful inside and out and the kindest person you could meet. I feel privileged to have been one of her many friends and it just won’t be the same without her. Rest in Peace lovely Julie. x” – Sian Swift, The Business Exchange
“Julie was an integral part of the APA team. She always had a smile on her face and would go above and beyond to ensure everyone was looked after. She is leaving behind a massive hole here at the APA and we are truly devastated by her passing. She will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with her family at this time.” – The team at Netheravon Skydive, Home of the Army Parachute Association,
“If ever there was a woman who everyone loved, it was Julie. A real force of nature, she threw herself into everything she did with an infectious enthusiasm for life. There was no one kinder or more loving, no one more hard working or more energetic, no one more dedicated to helping her friends and family. And while it seems impossible that she is no longer with us, we must continue her legacy to “treat people as we would want to be treated”. In short, to be “more Julie.” – Lizzie Heffer, Marketing Manager, Thrings
Our thoughts are with Julie’s family and friends at this sad time.
Pictured above: Julie after her skydive several years ago. Photo credit: Skydive Netheravon.