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COOK, Jack
Jack Cook was 91 years old. His 21 year career as a Mountie, during which he formed and directed a marching band of sixteen singer- instrumentalists, himself playing both trombone and tenor drum, came to an end when he retired in 1963. He had been the first vocal soloist of the RCMP band, performing from coast to coast, singing bass-baritone solos to such dignitaries as Charles de Gaulle and Dwight Eisenhower. Originally born in Virden, Manitoba, Mr. Cook graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario and Saskatchewan. He also took singing lessons in New York, San Francisco, and twelve years with Bernard Diamant in Montreal, and became a professional singer. Mr. Cook was a member of Musica Antica E Nuova directed by Celia Bizony. He went on to giving weekly CBC broadcasts as one of the Vocal Art Trio of Ottawa and was the recipient of the award for Best Soloist in the CBC program, Nos Futures Etoiles. He continued to work at home as a singing tutor until his passing, with members of RFC staff on the list of his pupils. For the last fifty years he owned the Canadian handcraft store, Canada's Four Corners on Sparks Street, Mr. Cook was a pioneer in the support and promotion of Canadian artists which included native and inuit art. Having also owned the Pinecraft furniture factory in Almonte, for twelve of those years. Mr. Cook was an accomplished pilot who logged over 10,000 flying hours and was the Chief Flying Instructor at Rockcliffe airport, among many others. He is survived
by his wife, Grace; his son, David; his grandchildren, Jill, Lindsay, and Brandice; his great-grandson, Dylan; and his beloved
friend Lila and the Ghaffari family. He was kind, modest, and witty; the most generous and extraordinary man with a heart of gold. Jack Cook will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Friends are invited to visit Beechwood Cemetery & Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. (East of Vanier Parkway) on Sunday, November 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. for a reception in Honour of Jack.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 16, 2013.
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September 27, 2014
Jack was my friend and my teacher.
I learned to fly with Jack and now I am in the final years of my career at Air canada, flying as a captain on the 767.
I dropped by many times to see jack as the years went by, I will miss him but I will never forget him.
Rest in peace my friend.
wayne sjolin
March 21, 2014
I met Jack Cook when I first started to fly, almost 34 years ago when I was 45. He took me under his wing, so to speak, and helped me become at one with the aircraft; later, Jack tutored me for both the Commercial Pilot Licence and the Instructor rating. He himself was a Senior Commercial Pilot with encyclopedic experience. He was my mentor. I owe much to him. I am a sometime musician and have played his beautiful grand piano. I was delighted when attending his concerts upstairs, above his Canada's Four Corners store in downtown Ottawa, and was so happy for him in his promotion of First Nations, Inuit and Canadian crafts. Knowing Jack was more than a privilege; it was an honour.
Manuel Erickson
November 19, 2013
My wife and I met Jack at the Orpheus Choral Group only about 12 years ago.
We also had the pleasure of visiting him and touring his store. He was a special person.
Tom Ledwell
November 18, 2013
I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing. I remember Jack over the years as being a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of ORMTA. He was an inspiration to students and fellow teachers alike.
Brenda Eisener RMT
November 17, 2013
Dear Grace and family, We're so sorry to hear of Jack's passing, he was a fine man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you, Pat and Charlie xoxo
Pat Black
November 17, 2013
What a wonderful, exciting, interesting life you led, Jack. I remember concerts held in your Concert Hall abiove the Four Corners' store. You were always a gracious, gallant host, loved by all musicians who knew you. Ottawa will be a little less vibrant musically, with your passing.
Edith Orton, Past Pres. ORMTA.
November 17, 2013
Great memories of Jack. He was a sincere support to me when I was a new member of ORMTA in Ottawa and also when I was President. Frances Balodis
November 16, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. - Wm. J. "Bill" Francis- Ottawa ON
William Francis
November 16, 2013
I worked with Jack at a flight school where we both instructed - he was well respected and well liked. Later on I discovered he was also an excellent singer. Jack was a true gentleman.
November 16, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the death of my wonderful friend and former vocal coach when I graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music. I always looked forward to his Christmas card and letter with a picture included. I always admired his energy in taking dancing lessons and working all of these things into his programs. I have a copy of the DVD he made a few years ago so will take that out, view it and think oh so fondly of him. What a dear soul he was!
Jim McTavish
November 16, 2013
So sorry to learn of Jack's passing-- the vocal music community will miss him as well as his friends at the Ontario Registered Music teachers' Association-- a group that he was a member of for sixty years. Always a generous contributor to the scholarship fund and ORMTA special projects, his generous nature will be missed. Condolences to all his friends and relations.
Gloria Jean Nagy
past president of ORMTA Ottawa Region Branch
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