Caroline Margaret Cook

30 June , 194524 January , 2019

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Caroline Cook (nee Oliver) on January 24, 2019, who passed peacefully with her family at her side. She is survived by her husband Peter, daughter Charlotte Robertson, son Daniel (Jennifer Lorne), grandchildren Sophie and Naomi, sister Lynne Arling of Calgary, brother David Oliver (Glenda Day) of Toronto, brother-in-law Martin Cook (Donna) of Kelowna and sister-in-law Janice Ashlie (Jan Madsen).

Caroline graduated from the University of Alberta with a diploma in Dental Hygiene and became the first practising hygienist in Victoria. Subsequently she practised in London, Ontario, Ottawa and Vancouver. After retiring from that 25-year career she took up property management and was actively involved in volunteer activities with the Red Cross, the Arthritis Society and the BC Schizophrenia Society where she was instrumental in starting and acquiring initial funding for the organization that eventually became the BCSS Foundation.

She was an avid walker, gardener, reader and international traveller, a reluctant cyclist, a cross-country skier and a stalwart member of her “women’s walking group” for 35 years.

Caroline will be remembered for her strength of character and forthright comments, humour, honesty, curiosity, inclusiveness of others, thoughtful advice and her drive to do things well. Younger women often said that she was a role model. Her closest friends called her an “amazing woman”. She will be missed tremendously by family and friends alike.

Go in peace, Caroline.

There will be a memorial service and Celebration of Life at 2.00 pm Wednesday, February 13 at the Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton, Vancouver.

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In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the BC Schizophrenia Society.


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Caroline Margaret Cook

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Cynthia Murphy

15 February 2019

It is with such sadness that I learned about Caroline's passing. She and Peter were such wonderful next door neighbors for many years. We shared garden talk, children's milestones and planned wonderful block parties together. We later moved to another part of Vancouver, but soon afterwards we were delighted when dear friends of Peter and Caroline, Jamie and Cindy Bruce became our new next door neighbors. Impromptu chats after Caroline's walking group, Peter riding by on his bike and stopping for a bit, parties at the Bruce's all helped to maintain a friendship. I've left Vancouver but still keep in touch with all of my friends from the neighborhood, but Caroline and Peter were the first friends that we made when we moved into that little house in Kerrisdale.

My love to you all,

Ashley O'Connell

11 February 2019

Although I met her only a handful times down through the years, I can honestly say that Caroline was a wonderful, vibrant and astute woman. She had a wry sense of humour that was 'wont to set the table on a roar' and was brimming with perspicacity. She will be sadly missed. There is an Irish/English poem called 'Remembrance of Joy' that has a nice verse, of which I think Caroline would approve. I leave it here to honour her.

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Rest In Peace,
Love from the O'Connells

Holly Horwood

10 February 2019

My deepest condolences to Caroline's family and close friends. I came to know her through the B.C. Schizophrenia Society with our shared experiences and have the deepest of respect for her. Caroline's intelligence, wry humor and passion to improve the condition of those with severe mental illnesses will not be forgotten.

Lee Damji

8 February 2019

Lee Damji and Family,

Our deepest sympathy to the Cook Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all members of the family. Reflecting on her life and accomplishments reminds us of the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

What is Success?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

Caroline succeeded in a remarkable manner and left a wonderful legacy with her family and many accomplishments

Denise Plaza

8 February 2019

Peter and Family, Although we have know Caroline for less than 2 years we really considered her our friend. We will always remember our times together from our adventures in Asia, to our Walla Walla wine escape and our most recent visit to Vancouver. The bike rides hold special memories as well as our cooking and sharing wine (Caroline her scotch) in the evenings.

Every time our poppies bloom we will think of Caroline and know she is having a grand time in heaven.

Our prayers are with you and all the family.

Terry and Denise Plaza

Jan Jolliffe

7 February 2019

My thoughts go out to the family during this time. I loved Caroline dearly as a sister in law, and she will always be in my heart as a fun loving, wise, practical human being. A beautiful soul is never forgotten.

Richard Wafer

5 February 2019

Barbara and I were very sad to hear of Caroline's passing. We send our deepest condolences to Peter and the family, and we know the world will miss her wit and wisdom. Our blessings, Caroline.

Donalda Reid

5 February 2019

Dan and I send our condolences to the Cook and Lorne family. We know Caroline will be missed. Donalda

Gillian Wogin

3 February 2019

Caroline was the first friend I made in Canada nearly a half century ago. Always tender and bright, warm and funny - I could always count on her for sensible advice, ready wit and a generous welcome. Caroline was a lovely woman, a dear and longtime friend whom I shall greatly miss.

Wendy Kaye (Clark)

3 February 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Caroline's passing. Having worked with her on the development of Planned Giving for BCSS I can attest to her determination and organizational skills. She worked unflaggingly with the newly developed Foundation Board to create increased awareness and funding. I also remember well carpooling days and shared neighbourhood times ... happy memories indeed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With love, Wendy
(Sarah and Stephanie's mum)