Thomas L. Tykodi
December 10, 1956 – March 29, 2016
If you were lucky enough to know Tom Tykodi, you might have known that he was a golfer, but unless you were one of the privileged who played in a foursome with him, you probably never knew that he wasn’t just a golfer, he was a great golfer. Tom was an outstanding scholar and MVP of the golf team at Watkins High School. His love for golf carried through college and throughout his whole life until his accident. He truly loved helping his family learn and enjoy the game as well. It was only upon his passing that most found out he was the MVP on a lot of teams during his life.
Tom never talked about his own accomplishments, which were nu-merous. He enjoyed golfing, biking, bowling and volunteering. He gave his time to Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross, Faith Mission, Little League coaching, New Albany UMC Choir and bell choir and in his spare time used his rapier wit to caption cartoons both locally and nationally. Tom was one of the original members of the New Albany Chorus, the first program supported by the NAAC in 1993. He was our MVP. Tom was the MVP of every “team” he played on, and we all thought he only “played” for “our” team, because he gave 110% to everyone. Tom valued his time serving the community and always put others’ needs before his own.
Tom was severely injured on Sunday, May 6, 2012, when he was ejected from his bicycle while riding on a rural road near his home. The force of this fall left him paralyzed from the chest down. In spite of fighting the good fight for nearly four years, he passed away March 29, 2016 from complications from the accident.
In keeping with Tom’s life-long practice of not only giving back, but paying it forward, a portion of proceeds from our golf outing, along with a matching gift from the Tykodi family, has been used to establish the Tom Tykodi Memorial Scholarship at New Albany High School, specifically to recognize not only outstanding scholastic achievement, but love for the arts and service to others. We are also using funds from proceeds of this event for the establishment of an adult, community theatre program as a next step to our highly successful youth theatre program.
Tom is still paying it forward.
Harold David Cooper
January 19, 1939—August 23, 2016
Born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, Harold Cooper possessed those mid-west sensibilities, character traits and interests of all kids of the day in southern Ohio. Harold also loved to paint, and with strong support from his mother, Harold started painting and never stopped.
He married his hometown sweetheart, Faye, and life’s responsibilities came to the forefront. In 1957, he and his bride packed their bags to head north to Columbus where he secured a life-long position with Lennox Corporation. But Harold still loved to paint.
After moving to New Albany with sons Kevin and Keith in 1968, Harold immersed himself with work, raising his family, coaching New Albany Little League baseball and Gahanna Little League football, joining the Lions Club, and fine-tuning his love of golf, a game he took most seriously. And yes, he still loved to paint.
With encouragement from Faye, Harold started giving art lessons and travelled to New York to further study portrait painting. The rest, they say, is history. In 1993, Harold formed the New Albany Arts Council, and his Summer Art Camp became THE summer activity for kids. You’re one of the lucky ones if you still have your slate painting from Mr. Cooper’s art camp! Harold had envisioned the organization to be a leading player in the promotion and expansion of arts in New Albany. He was right.
Today The New Albany Arts Council proudly sponsors the New Albany Chorus and New Albany Winds Band, year-round programs for teens through adults. Our youth theatre troupe, Rose Run Players, brings national recognition to the community through its award-winning performance, and the program has expanded to include musical theater workshops for primary age children, as well as a youth singing group, Center Stage Singers. In addition, two musical concerts are presented every year, Concert on the Commons in the summer and Night Moves Concert in the fall.
Sadly, Harold passed away last year, but we remain steadfast in the mission he exemplified: making the arts available to any and all who wish to participate. We will miss him greatly and are forever grateful for his guidance and love.
He still loved to paint.
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