Nicolaus Ray Cooper was the beloved son of Raymond Lee Cooper Jr. and Nicole Charisse D’Vignon, born November 21, 1998 in Hazel Crest, Illinois at South Suburban Hospital. Nicolaus was raised in Homewood, Illinois where he began his education at Willow Elementary School, Parker Junior High School, and Homewood Flossmoor High School. Nicolaus was an avid sports player. Nicolaus played for the Tri-City Small Fry Basketball league where the team traveled to Florida and had a remarkable season. The team ranked 12th out of 40 teams that was led by Coach Sherman and Collins. Nicolaus played football for Richton Park Raiders and Homewood Flossmoor Junior Vikings. Nicolaus also enjoyed other physical activities that included soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming, skating, and martial arts.
Nicolaus was an exceptionally handsome young man with a beautiful smile and a pure heart. His multi-dimensional, free-spirited but introverted spirit is what made him so unique, complicated and unpredictable. Nicolaus lived life free of inhibitions, living each day as if it was his last. Nicolaus enjoyed each moment to its fullest. He truly was present and lived life on his own terms. He enjoyed being a big brother to Kaitlyn, his first love. He thought that she was his birthday present. He protected her and built her confidence, and he treated her as if she was a delicate princess. Nicolaus loved being a father. He nurtured his babies with love and kisses. Whenever he was away, he made sure that his mother took care of his children until he was at a place where he could provide for his babies. Last Christmas, Nick was excited about spending time with two of his three babies for the first time. The last time he left California, he cried because he couldn’t stand the thought of leaving his eldest daughter Ray’lani.
Nick loved traveling by planes but especially by trains so that he could take pictures of scenic routes. Nick enjoyed traveling with friends and families. Nicolaus had many talents and music was one that he was passionate about. He established a record company, “Cooper Records LLC.” with his father to create and produce and promote rap music. Nicolaus loved spending time in music studios producing beats, freestyling and creating or remixing rap songs such as: Crank It, Spin-Cycle, Free Glocks, and other songs that he promoted on Youtube and other social media outlets. Nicolaus created and produced music videos and promoted them on social media. Nicolaus’ unique voice and musical artistic style highlighted his fearless mental state and his ability to articulate real life struggles.
Nicolaus was called home on March 31, 2023. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Raymond L. Cooper Sr.
Nicolaus leaves to cherish his memories, his loving parents; mother: Nicole Charisse D’Vignon; father: Raymond Lee Cooper Jr.; sisters: Kaitlyn, Rashida, Tyanna, Raesha, Raeshanda, Mariah, Tyshae, Rechelle, Rayneicia, Talisa, Tariya, and Marshanda; boys: Andre, Jelani, Raymond III, Na’Quan, Rajsaun, Tyray, Avery, Rayshaun, and Deshon. His children: Ray’lani, Nyla, and Aiden along with their beloved mothers; grandparents: Phillip McGill, Verna L. McGill, Lorraine Cooper-Chinn, and Preshall Hall; Godmother: Brandy Cotillier; host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. Nicolaus’ light will forever shine and his memory will live on in all of our hearts forever.
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