Margaret Elsbeth COOP

14 May, 19465 April, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Elsbeth Coop announces her sudden death on April 5th, 2021 at home in Vancouver. She was predeceased by her former husband Alan Rodger, and her beloved partner Theo Bos. Growing up in Calgary, Elsbeth became a brilliant visual artist. She graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art, and subsequently taught drawing and painting at the Alberta College of Art as well as the Victoria College of Art. With her intense interest in figurative representation, she augmented her fine art education with studies in medical illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and forensic art at Colorado State University. In her earlier years, Elsbeth was also a formidable pianist, winning First Prize in the CBC’s national “Young Performers’ Competition” with a brilliant performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in Montreal. A soft-spoken, private person, Elsbeth won the hearts and minds of many through her refined and powerful art. A retrospective show took place in June, 2019 at the Visual Space gallery in Vancouver. She leaves behind her sister Jane (George) and brother Stephen, as well as nieces Beth (Andrew) and Caitlin, and her cousins from the Goodall family.


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Vi Barkervebe@

11 April 2021

With deepest sympathy for your loss.
I’ll remember the times I would meet Elsbeth walking up Davie Street always with a big smile and a chat.
It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know her and she will
be missed deeply.

Art Rowe

9 April 2021

Dear Jane,

I am so very very sorry to hear this news, but I am also grateful to have received it and to know more about your sister. If I now reflect on my early years in Alberta, when I was hearing so much about a wonderful pianist named Jane Coop, I am incredulous to now know that there was an equally amazing sister! What a remarkable life she had. I know you have no shortage of strength Jane but nonetheless I wish you more for the weeks and months ahead, and I am of course so glad that to know that you have such support from George and your family.


Howard Dyck

9 April 2021

Dear Jane and George,
I never had the pleasure of meeting Elsbeth, but I grieve with you, and I pray that you will find comfort and healing and serenity in the weeks and months ahead. I shall be thinking of you.

Craig Sheppard

8 April 2021

Dear Jane,

I am very sad to learn of your sister’s sudden passing. How incredibly gifted, to have been both a brilliant pianist and a wonderful visual artist! Please know that Greg and I are thinking of you and George at this time.

With love,


Penny Nation

7 April 2021

Oh Jane and George,

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news, but happy that Elsbeth will have no more suffering. I'm thinking of you especially at this time. It's a sad thing to lose a sister. I'm happy that there is the excitement of a new baby granddaughter to look forward to.

With love from your OLD friend, Penny!

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