Edward Kelly Cook
Cook, Edward Kelly September 17, 1927 È April 23, 2012. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on April 23, 2012. Predeceased by his parents, John Francis and Emma (Kelly) Cook. He is survived by his brothers John Francis. Jr. and James Bernard Cook. Beloved uncle, faithful friend and esteemed colleague at the St. Louis Priory School and the St. Louis Public Library. His love of learning and teaching touched many lives. Although the music of his life has gone silent, we will always remember the joyful tune of great conversation and a life well-lived. Services: The Memorial Mass will be celebrated by The Reverend Timothy Horner, OSB at St. Anselm Catholic Church, 530 Mason Rd., Creve Coeur on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment of ashes at a future time at Calvary Cemetery. NO visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Louis Priory School, the St. Louis Public Library, www.watertowerfoundation.org, or charity of choice. Arrangements by AMBRUSTER CHAPEL. Online condolences at www.ambrusterdonnelly.com

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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 29, 2012.
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"Ave atque vale" Monsieur Cook! Some of my funniest memories of Priory are thanks to you.
Mark Wasylenko
May 9, 2012
I had Mr. Cook for French and German at Priory. He emphasized understanding people and culture as much as the languages, and stories from his extensive travels brought classes to life. Our class German Dinner remains a fond memory from senior year.
His timeless style, passion for teaching and zest for life will be missed by decades of Priory graduates.
Tom Byrne
May 9, 2012
I first met Mr. Cook over 50 years ago in a classroom at Priory. In the course of six years he formally taught me French, Latin and Greek... and informally so much more. He was one of the best teachers I ever had at any level, a true polymath.

Years later our paths crossed again when he went to work at The St. Louis Public Library, where I was on the board of directors. I was not surprised that his colleagues at the Library soon viewed him with the same combination of awe and affection as his former students.

At the Library Mr. Cook often spoke to me in German and complimented me on my comparative fluency. He would recoil theatrically in mock indignation when I replied that I spoke German so well because it was the one language he hadn't taught me.

He often quoted the inscription at St. Paul's in London, designed by Sir Christopher Wren: "Si monumentum requiris, circumspice." (If you want a monument, just look around.) If you're looking for a monument to Edward Cook, just look around at the thousands of lives he enriched at Priory, the Library and elsewhere.
Tom Schlafly
April 30, 2012
It is difficult to remember any family time when Uncle Edward was not among us contributing his wisdom, humor and abundant laughter. Thinking of when he bought his first "bacaruda" car with push button transmission and hatchback. He excitedly drove it
to Florissant to show us and my dad. There was never a time when he was not attentive to everyone, remembering facts and information to inspire conversation relating to his international travels, teaching, religion and politics. I miss Uncle Edward already...
I think I should just have a small piece of each pie in tribute!

Jean, Tom, Samuel, Michael and Shannon Leek
April 29, 2012