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COOK, Eugene Thompson

May 18, 1914 – Irvine, Alberta
January 6, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Cook, Eugene Thompson passed away peacefully on January 06, 2015 in Calgary.

He was born May 18, 1914 and was predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend Helen Carroll, who passed away November 06, 1999, after 57 years of marriage. He is also predeceased by his brothers, Fred of Rocky Mountain House, Burton of Red Deer, and sister Ruth Saunders of Innisfail. He is survived by a number of nephews and nieces.

Eugene was born at Irvine, Alberta and attended school in Irvine and Medicine Hat. He then graduated from Calgary Normal School (now known as the University of Calgary) in 1933, teaching school in Alberta for eight years before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After instructing in Navigation at Portage La Prairie, he served in the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, completing two tours of operations as a navigator in the Pathfinder Force on Lancaster bombers, flying 57 missions in World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc. in Engineering (Mining) and then worked in the Oil Industry in Exploration as a Geophysicist. He retired from the Home Oil Company in 1979.

Eugene was cremated and at his request, there will be no memorial service. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a charity of choice.

In living memory of Eugene Cook, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. To Gene’s family,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Gene

    I visited Gene up until about 6 months ago. Gene was one of the first Party Managers I had on a seismic crew in 1950 at Northwest Seismic Surveys Ltd. He mentored me and the winter of 1950-1951 he took me through his engineering books. He and Carroll were the Godparents to our first born, Brenda Colleen. I understood he had a niece who looked after his affairs and helped where possible. I also wrote a book “No Regrets No Apologies” which he has in his library. I would like to hear from somebody associated with him.
    Please call me – Bob Rintoul

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