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COOKE, Charles Edward “Ted” CD

COOKE, Charles Edward “Ted” CD
December 2, 1930 – Brantford, ON
November 23, 2014 – Calgary, AB

One week before his 84th birthday, we said goodbye to a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Ted was born in Brantford, Ontario and raised in Burford during the depression. He married the love of his life, Shirley in 1957 at Queens University. For their honeymoon they drove across Canada and made their home in Calgary. Ted’s sales career in the oil patch had the family move many times between Calgary and Edmonton with various employers. He started Corab Trailers with a partner in 1967, growing the company to 105 employees only to see it shrink to 5 after the National Energy Program in 1980. Ted bought his first Brittany Spaniel in 1970 which began his passion as a breeder, field trialer, judge and CKC pointing dog council member. He was very proud of his Gunner background, had a keen interest in military history and for many years was a librarian and archivist for the Royal Alberta United Services Institute (RAUSI). Ted held life memberships with the Calgary Pointing Dog Club, Canadian Kennel Club, Canadian Professional Sales Association and RAUSI. In 2003 he was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee medal.

Ted is survived by his wife Shirley; daughter Leanne Johancsik (Colin); grandchildren Kara, Michael and Andrea; and son David (Heidi). He was predeceased by his son Bruce.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Laurence Anglican Church (5940 Lakeview Drive S.W.) on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through Thanks to the staff at Southwood Hospice who treated Dad with respect and dignity and made his last days comfortable. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111, or CanLearn Society, 3930 20 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4Z9, (403) 686-9300,, or to the St. Laurence Anglican Church.

In living memory of Ted Cooke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Nancy & Wayne Young :

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Ted was a wonderful person and we feel privileged to have known him. All our love, Wayne & Nancy Young.

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  2. Pat (King) Stevens :

    Shirley, Leanne, David, and family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Ted. He was a wonderful man. I have such fond childhood memories of visits from Mr. Cooke from Cal-a-gary and of my family’s wonderful visit to the Stampede in 1967. I’ll never forget the jokes he made as he MC’d my wedding!
    My deepest sympathies to you all.

    Pat (King) Stevens

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Ted was not just a great father and grand-father, he was a wonderful uncle too. I am, as we all are, blessed to have known him.

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  4. Hello Shirley and Family
    My condolences to you on Ted’s passing. He was a good friend and client of our firm, QV Investors and an inspiration to my daughter who is the owner of a Brittany.
    I enjoyed my many talks with Ted in the past.
    Leigh Pullen

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  5. Debbie Klassen (Sadler) :

    My thoughts are with you through the loss of Ted. A gentle man whose work with those Brittany Spaniels left me in awe of the training and devotion he gave. He will be remembered with fondness.

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  6. Jorgenson, Dianne :

    Dear Shirley and family,
    Marion Wooden sent me Ted’s announcement which brought back so many happy memories of our friendship when we were actively field trialing, me from 1970-1995. Ted always referred to you as “his Bride” which was so loving and endearing. You welcomed us at your home and as a couple, you were an inspiration of happiness and contentment. Even though I live with MS, Hamish Cochran and I moved to Qualicum Beach, on Vancouver Island in June where his daughter, husband, and our only two grandsons live in French Creek, nearby. God Bless your family at this very sad time and may you and your family remain strong for each other.

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  7. Harry and Eleanor :

    Dear Shirley and Family
    We were so sorry to hear that Ted had deceased ,we are in New Zealand and thanks to the Mills who sent the obituary. He will be sadly missed by you all as well as his many friends in Calgary. We have such good memories of our times spent together with you and the Mills. Our sincere condolences to you all.
    Harry and Eleanor

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  8. Ted’s passing is so sad because he was a man with so much compassion, integrity and common sense, (I’ve lost many arguments with him because of the latter). I will always be grateful to Ted for re-igniting my passion for reading when he gave me a book to read written by Robert Graves. The book was from “Ted’s Library”, a privilege not extended to everyone. I always enjoyed our many lunches at RAUSI and lectures at the Military Museum. Memories, so many memories. I share your loss Shirley, at Ted’s passing and extend my sympathy to you, your immediate and extended Family.

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  9. Heather Curilla :

    Condolences to your family at this sad time. May the many happy memories start to shine, and offer some peace in this time of grief.
    Sending you love and hugs….
    Heather Curilla

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