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Robert H. Cooke


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Robert H. Cooke Obituary
January 24, 1932 - February 24, 2016 Robert 'Bob' Cooke passed away at his home Wed, Feb 24, 2016 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Bob was the son of James and Margaret Cooke. He grew up in Sacramento graduating from Christian Brothers High School in 1949 and Sacramento State College. In 1954, Bob joined the U.S. Marine Corps and completed their Officer Training Program. He received his MBA in 1959. Bob embarked on a banking career spanning 44 years with the same institution. The bank went through ownership changes (First Western Bank, Lloyds, Sanwa, and Bank of The West - BNP Paribas). Bob started as a Trainee and finished as a Vice Chairman working in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and London. He retired in 1993, but continued on as a Director until 2003. In 1960, Bob married Julia Hawks Smith, a Connecticut native. Bob and his family settled into San Marino/Pasadena for his career, community, schools, etc. Most summers were spent on Block Island, RI. During his retirement, Bob was involved with Hillsides Home for Children, Pasadena Senior Center, and Reading Is Fundamental. Bob leaves his son Christopher and daughter-in-law Kelly Cooke of Denver, Colorado; his daughter Jeanie and son-in-law David Stein of Charleston, South Carolina; his grandchildren Kendall, Riley, and Scott Cooke and Samantha, R.J., and Daniel Stein. A private service will be held in Colorado. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Semper Fi Fund
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 2, 2016
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