The Easton Training Center family suffered a great loss on December 12th, 2017. Many considered Sheldon Cooper to be a staple of our gym in Denver. Sheldon was a brown belt and a role model for many. He was a skilled, dedicated practitioner, who never forgot to have fun. Kind, genuine, and hilarious, Sheldon brought an enthusiastic energy to the mat that was second to none. An energy whose loss already has such a lasting impact.
Sheldon was the kind of guy who everyone wanted to roll with. He shared special handshakes with quite a few of us. He was a special kind of person, one who made you feel as though you were the only two people in the room. Sheldon had such a contagious laugh and bright smile; no wonder he had this effect on so many. He was always in the the gym, just about every day. This makes his passing all the more difficult to bear, made evident by the outpouring of love from the Easton community.
Sheldon and I
I still felt very new to Denver when I began training at Easton. But friendly faces like Sheldon’s made me feel right at home. I have always struggled to make friends, but not with Sheldon. His love of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his special attention to details made him one of my favorite people to train with. He never once gave me a hard time for not understanding a drill, but instead gave me the patient and caring guidance of a teacher. During a very difficult time in my life, Sheldon and the Easton family reminded me that I was never truly as alone as I felt. Sheldon taught me to laugh often and smile even more. He and the other amazing people at Easton make it feel like a second home; where I have made all of my friends and where I go for support.
Sheldon and The Easton Family
Our support network at Easton Training Center is all the more important during difficult times like this. Sheldon’s loss was a heavy blow to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. During the Jiu Jitsu classes that followed his passing, his absence could be felt across the gym. It is shocking to be faced so suddenly with the loss of such an influential part of our family. Many of us believed that our goodbyes with Sheldon would only be temporary; he recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia. We knew that he had every intention of returning to the mats that he loved so dearly.
With the passing of someone so close to many of our hearts, it is very easy to lose hope. The death of someone as loved as Sheldon often times reminds us of our own inescapable mortality. Times like this outline what truly makes Easton Training Center a special place to be a part of. During a time of so much pain for many of us, we come together in just the way Sheldon would have wanted. Professor Ian Liebermann reminds us all to make an effort in our daily lives, to show the people who matter how much they mean to us. Because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for anyone, it is all the more important that we live in the moment.
On Tuesday, December 19th, Easton Training Center – Denver is hosting a memorial service for Sheldon. It is a time to celebrate the life of someone so wonderful, who had a lasting impact on many of us. It is an opportunity for many to say our final goodbyes. Loved by so many, Sheldon Cooper will be dearly missed. He leaves behind two families, one by blood, the other by triangle choke.