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Cooper Doyle
Cooper and Poppa
Cooper and Poppa
Cooper Doyle

I want to tell you about a little boy who came into my life under very different circumstances. Hi name is Cooper Patrick Doyle and when I look at him I cannot think of a more fitting name for this little guy. He is COOPER! Copper has Down syndrome and he was born on July 27, 2007. He is the son of Patti and Patrick Doyle. His mother is my daughter-in-law who was previously married to my son. She is and will always be my daughter-in-law. I have known Patti since she was fifteen. During her pregnancy she was told that her baby may have a problem but for Patti and Pat it didn't matter. Cooper came into this world under stressful circumstances. He came early and at the time Patrick was attending his mother's funeral. He got a call from Patti saying that she had to go to the hospital. The funeral was put on hold so Patrick could rush Patti to the hospital. It was a difficult birth and when Cooper arrived he was in distress with a hole in his heart' and he was a baby with Down syndrome. Cooper remained in the hospital for 6 weeks while they operated and closed the hole in his heart. Finally Cooper was brought home and life for everyone will never be the same. He is the light of everyone's life including me. I have been honored to be called "Poppa" by Cooper and have the opportunity to be part of his life. Cooper came into this world as my sister Susan was about to leave it. My sister also had Down syndrome and at the age of 56 she passed away. Susan was also the light of the Pariseau family. She made our life wonderful and losing her was very difficult to handle. But then came Cooper and in some strange way God has given to us another light in our lives. I so truly believe that Susan passed the baton to Cooper and said "here Cooper, it is your turn to keep the beauty, compassion, and meaning to our families lives." Cooper is surrounded by love from so many family, and non-family members. He has wonderful parents, three beautiful sisters; Alexis Eileen Pariseau (my granddaughter), Megan Doyle (Patricks daughter) and Cam (Patrick and Pattis daughter who was born 2 years after Cooper). There is also Patti's adopted parents (Grammie and Grampie), Patti's birth mother, Jennifer (Grammie Jen), her husband and daughters, Patti's brothers and Patrick's birth mother and sister. Then there is my son Kyle, my daughter Lisa, granddaughters Brianna, Cassidy, son-in-law Fran and me. We are not blood relatives except for Alex but we have been blessed to be invited to this beautiful party. When I see my son Kyle with Cooper and see the love he has for him I know that my sister is looking down and saying "This is good and this is the way it should be' my work is done." I write this with deep love and affection for all of my families...The Pariseaus, Doyles, Newtons, Boiselles.




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Alexis pariseau, United States, CT
10/8/2013 10:38:58 AM
Such a great story and i am so blessed for him to be my little brother i couldn't ask for a better one!!

Jo Ann D'Amato, United States, CT
10/3/2013 6:42:23 PM
Cooper Doyle is the best! Poppa Fred has painted a very accurate picture of the blessing Cooper has been to his family, friends and anyone who comes to know him and his loving blended family. Yes, Susan has passed the baton of unconditional love that surrounds and is given by this unique family.

Kristi and Larry Bates, United States, CT
7/25/2011 4:06:26 PM
We are really happy to say we have witnessed this incredible joy. Coop has touched us all with the most wonderful, loving and joyful spirit ever!! Thanks for writing such a beautiful love story!

Allan Newton, United States, CT
7/25/2011 4:27:21 PM
A real wonderful sotry about real life.

Patricia Doyle, United States, CT
7/28/2011 11:17:46 AM
Cooper is the best! We are so lucky to have him as our son.

Lois Haseltine, United States, FL
7/28/2011 12:02:06 PM
I couldn't agree more with Fred! Cooper is the BEST!!

Melanie, United States, CT
7/28/2011 12:04:56 PM
I'm SOOO lucky that I get a great nephew like Cooper!!! :)

Sheila Connolly, United States, CT
7/28/2011 12:20:48 PM
Fabulous story, what a wonderful family Cooper has! I also have a 27 year old son with Down Syndrome who is the "light" of our family whish includes our friends.

andrew oneill, United States, CT
7/28/2011 2:15:05 PM
thoughts and prayers

Cathy , United States, CT
7/28/2011 4:03:13 PM
This is a truly beautiful and touching story. I am proud to say that I know Patrick's sister Melanie and I know Cooper means the world to her.

Mary Calabro, United States, CT
7/28/2011 10:20:06 PM
...a more beautiful story could not have been written. My 7 year old son and I are blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful "FAMILY"! What a great way to pay tribute to the love this "FAMILY" shows and has to give.

sally sherman, United States, CT
8/15/2011 11:25:33 AM
am thrilled to be part of his school team who all love him as well. call him "super Cooper" Guess his non-family just keeps getting bigger!

Patti Buell, United States, CT
8/15/2011 5:02:57 PM
What a beautifully written tribute to a great little guy! Thank you for sharing this story! Patti

Francis C. Shanahan, United States, FL
1/3/2012 11:06:32 AM
A child that is the definition of \"beauty\" and \"unconditional love\". More loving and fitting words for this little boy could never be uttered nor written. God truly shows His plan through this little angel amongst us

Claire Soranno, United States, CT
12/4/2012 10:02:26 AM
Cooper is a blessing to your whole "family" as you all are a blessing to Cooper. He couldn't be part of a more loving family. I know the love you have for him, the joy you get from him and the pride you have of him.

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