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Ronald Thomas Cooke


Lieutenant, RCNVR


Born: 31 Mar 1923


Died: 22 Aug 2006, Toronto, Ontario


COOKE, Ronald Thomas - WWII Survived by his wife Norma, the love of his life and partner for almost 60 years. Loving father of daughter, Dr. Dianne O'Connor, sons Michael of Winnipeg and James of White Rock, British Columbia. Predeceased by daughter Debbie and sister Doris Coons. Grandfather of David and Christopher O'Connor; Bhajan Cooke and Padme Raina of Christchurch, New Zealand. Great-grandfather of Kaea Raina. Uncle of William Coons, Nancy Timmins, Linda Hansen and Anna Lee Webster. Lifelong friend of Bruce (Suds) Sutherland. Past president of Alpha House, the Toronto Men's Hostel, Trustee of the Church of the Kettles Muskoka, lifelong member of Eglinton-St. George's United Church, Toronto. Volunteer deputy of Collier County Sheriffs Office, Naples, Florida. Member of the Gordian Club, Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Toronto, Badminton & Racquet Club, Muskadasa Tennis Club and the Naples Bath and Tennis Club. Ron had many interests including skiing, music, tennis, volunteer work at Sunnybrook Hospital K-Wing and was a competitive sailor with his wife at the Kettles Sailing Club, Muskoka. He looked forward to his summers at Dunbarton Island on Lake Muskoka and his winter home in Naples, Florida. He was co-founder of the Rythemaires, a 12 piece dance band in which he played piano and bass fiddle. He graduated from UTS and was one of the Baldys Boys. After attending Victoria College at U of T, he joined his father in his real estate practice and finished his business career as manager of the Toronto Mortgage Branch of Manulife Financial. A private family service has been held and a reception will take place on Monday, August 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 447 Blythwood Road in Toronto. In lieu of flowers if you wish, donations in Ron's name can be made to the Salvation Army. (Toronto Globe and Mail 24 Aug 2006)


Ships served in:

HMCS RED DEER - Appointed to Red Deer 18 Jun 1944 as a SLt, RCNVR


Newspaper article on 6 graduates from HMCS Kings

Courtesy of Lisa Vigeon



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