Murray Cook
1921 - 2017
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COOK, James Murray December 27, 1921 - December 27, 2017 Murray Cook passed away aged 96 in Victoria, BC. Born in Toronto, Murray served in the Second World War as a navigator with the RCAF in the UK where he met his first wife Kathlyn (née Bottomley), a nurse with the British Voluntary Aid Detachment. Married 40 years, they had three sons, Gregory, Kenneth and John. After the war, Murray joined the Department of External Affairs. His first posting was to Peru which saw political revolutions and a trip down the Amazon River with Canadian priests to visit leper colonies. Murray's second posting was Italy. Shortly after arriving, he was sent to Egypt during the Suez Crisis. While posted to Germany, he took part in nuclear disarmament talks in Vienna. Murray was High Commissioner to Kenya and Uganda, where he facilitated the migration of East Africans of South Asian descent to Canada. In 1974, Murray and Kathlyn moved to Sooke, BC where they ran the Murray Cooks' Herb Farm. The farm became a tourist attraction, and Murray gave lectures on herbs. Widowed in 1985, Murray married the artist Pamela Ann Merrill Cook in 1987. They moved to Oak Bay, BC in 1995. During 30 years of marriage, they enjoyed travel, golf, gardening, and an active social life. Murray is survived by Merrill, sons: Gregory (Florrie), Kenneth (Jane) and John (Maria), three grandchildren: James (Jessica), Emily, and Paul (Rachel), two great-grandchildren: Noel and Abigail, stepson Larry (Nicky), stepdaughter Lindy and six step-grandchildren: Alison (George), Nicholas (Alison), Andrew (Erin), Lara, Victoria and Serena.

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2018.
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January 8, 2018

Here is a note from a friend from your Manor Park days. It just so happened that I read of your dad's passing in the Ottawa Citizen and noted the Manor Park reference.
He had quite a career! I hope that you can look back and smile at the memories you all must have had over the years.

I can't recall the exact year(s) you were here in Ottawa but I do recall our time in the "Park" with our other friends, many of whom I remain in touch with. Chip Hair, Roger Butcher, Peter Osberg, Chris Webber, Eleanor Berry, Richard McNair etc.
Drop a line if you wish.

Please accept my sympathies on the loss of your father.


Terry Payan
Formerly of 773 Hemlock Rd Manor Park.
Terry Payan
January 6, 2018
Greg, Ken and John,
I remember so well your father and what an interesting man he was. Very modest about his accomplishments, very astute, and possessed of a great sense of humour. So sorry he's gone; one of my dad's favourite cousins, and the last of that generation of Cooks.
Sincere sympathy,
Nancy Reid
January 6, 2018
Thank you for your service and dedication to our country.R.I.P.
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