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COOKE, Patrick B. Of Dorchester, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 20, 2013 at the age of 66. Born in Elkhart, IN, he was a graduate of Purdue University and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Pat was an activist and visionary who worked to create vibrant neighborhoods as a landscape architect, builder and advocate for affordable housing and urban greenspace. He founded Living in Dorchester, Inc. in 1979 and led several other nonprofits including Dorchester Gardenlands Preserve. Two of his most beloved recent community projects were the Coleman Street Garden and Fields Corner Farmers Market. Pat was the son of William and Helen Cooke of Indiana, both deceased. He is survived by his son Ian, daughter-in-law Jill and granddaughter Sophie of Acton, MA. He leaves behind siblings Jim Cooke, Mary Carroll, Mark Cooke and Sarah Gurka of Virginia, Texas and Indiana respectively, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and his longtime companion, Gwindale Q Cassity. Patrick helped everyone and anyone in need. He loved Dorchester and made a difference to the community and all who met him. His moment on earth made the world a better place to live. Funeral Mass in St. Mark Church, 1725 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Saturday morning, January 11, at 10 A.M., followed by an informal celebration of his life immediately afterward in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Dorchester Home and Garden Trust, 132 Ellington St, Dorchester, MA 02121. For guestbook, www.jmurphyfh.com. Arrangements by the Murphy Funeral Home, DORCHESTER.
Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 5, 2014
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