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Edwin C. Cooke

1918 - 2015 PITTSFIELD Edwin C. Cooke, 96, died peacefully on Feb. 20, at Hillcrest Commons surrounded by his loving family. Born on Sept. 1, 1918 in Pittsfield, he was the son of the late Edwin and Isabel Broderick Cooke. "Cookie" grew up in Pittsfield and was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1936 graduate of Pittsfield High School. He was a competitive swimmer throughout his youth and went on to excel in softball through his adult years. Following high school Ed worked at the House of Mercy where he met his future wife, Luciana Conte whom he married on Sept. 26, 1939. She died on March 16, 2009. He was employed by the General Electric Company as a core assembler in the Transformer Division until his retirement in 1980. He had also worked at the former Hilton Hotel for the following eight years. At the time of his death Ed had resided at Providence Court where he was surrounded by caring friends. He was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and a member of the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association and the Froio Senior Center. An avid bowler, he also enjoyed swimming. He was also a longtime sports fan. He is survived by his son, David A. Cooke and his wife, Paula, of Pittsfield; a daughter, Christine M. McGinnis of Swathmore, Penn.; six grandchildren, David S. Cooke, Anthony A. Cooke, Trisha M. Cooke, Christine Marque, Suzanne Boyer and Joseph McGinnis; eleven great-grandchildren, Patrick, Andrew and Christopher Cooke, Malcolm Bowen, Dylan, Lauren and Carly Boyer, Sebastien Cecilia, Samuel Marque and Julien McGinnis. He is also survived by a brother, William Cooke of Arizona; his sister-in-law, Marge Cooke of Ellington, Conn.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Serrani; and by a brother, George Cooke. He was also predeceased by a grandson, the late Christopher Cooke. Those who knew and loved Ed will hopefully carry on his legacy of respecting and caring for all he met no matter their religion, their political persuasion, their race, their gender, or their state in life. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service will be held in the spring in St. Joseph Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations in memory of Ed may be made to Elder Services of Pittsfield, Hillcrest Commons Staff Enrichment Fund or to the all in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 which is handling arrangements.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 23, 2015
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