GWEN (GWENDOLYN) COOKE At Lakeside Long Term Care, surrounded by family, Gwen Cooke passed away peacefully on July 15, 2014. Gwen was born August 2, 1919 in Blackwood, Wales. Gwen was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years, Stewart Cooke. Gwen will be missed by her daughter Laurie Cooke and her son Alexander (Sandy) Cooke (Fiona). Gwen will also be missed by her grandchildren Colin (Tara), Aaron (Courtney), Daniel (Karen), Nadia (Travis) and Alisan (Anders) and her great-grandchildren Alexander, Elise, Sidney, Jacob, Emmett and Carter. Gwen was predeceased by her devoted sister Olive Chester, brother Bill Richardson and sister Lillian Briggs. Gwen will be missed by her nieces Toni Neff and Diane Chester and Emily and Oskar Neff (to whom Gwen was a great-aunt). The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Lakeside Long Term Care facility who took wonderful care of Gwen during the last 7 years of her life with Alzheimer's. Gwen embraced all aspects of life with passion and energy: the politics of the CCF and NDP, her husband's work with the United Steelworkers of America, love of travel, culture, weekend bridge with Olive and Dick, Scarborough Needlearts Guild but most of all her love of family and friends. Gwen was a devoted caregiver. Her generous and adventurous spirit will be sorely missed. A celebration of Gwen's life will be held on July 19th from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Visitation Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or the New Democratic Party would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.etouch.ca
Published by Toronto Star from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2014.