Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Visitation Centre, Crematorium and Mausoleum
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, ON
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

Published by Toronto Star from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2014.
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Aunt Gwen had the most infectious laughter I've ever heard. Her eyes would crinkle up whenever she laughed. This brings to mind the Christmas I was given a dancing clown music box. Aunt Gwen and Uncle Stew were visiting one day and I showed the music box to them. The clown bounced up and down in such a way as to induce a fit of giggles in both of them. By the time the music stopped we were all laughing so hard tears were running down our cheeks. It's memories like this that I will carry with me. I will miss her.
Cathy Parker
July 30, 2014
Auntie Gwen was a kind, generous, spirited person with a big heart and a strong social conscience. She devoted her life to her family and friends, on the one hand and social democratic goals on the other hand. I feel very lucky to have been her niece. She was a loving and enthusiastic Great Aunt to my children Emily and Oskar and she is missed by all of us. We have lovely memories of her visits to Germany and Austria and travel to Elba and the North Sea with her. She had a wonderful sense of humour and is remembered by all for her contagious laugh. The beautiful photographs at the memorial also reminded me of her close friendship with her sister Olive and the many people whose lives she touched.
With love from Toni
July 29, 2014
Gwen's laugh. Indomitable,and somehow shy at the same time. I am grateful for her love and friendship, and the honour of being welcomed by her in so many ways.
Denise Norman
July 19, 2014
Gwen was a kind, gracious and compassionate person. My memories of Hamilton and Toronto include so much laughter, love and politics!! She was a loving aunt with a generosity of spirit I will never forget. My childhoon memories are of being part of this fascinating family with strong opinions, were never afraid, and would take on issues with humour -- and alot of passion!! I learned alot from Gwen and from the Cooke household especially about the commitment to social democratic values. It was a generation of committed activists. She was a very dear aunt and I will never forget her -- I have lasting loving memories -- so fortunate. Please accept my sincerest condolences. All my love.
Diane Chester
July 18, 2014
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