David Allan Cooke

December 22, 1933December 5, 2018
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Cookie has taken his final ride. He loved jokes, limericks and stories until the end.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 62 years, Connie (nee Trimble). 4 children: Margo, Mike (Darlene), Marty (Karen) and Rob (Chris); 9 grandchildren: Andrew (Jas), Emma, Amelia (Aaron), Marty, Ian, Sadie, Nataline, Adam and David. Predeceased by his parents Rupert and Francis (nee Cottle), his sister, Joyce Waddell (John) and his brother, Rupert (Pat). He is survived by his sister Elaine Perks (Tom), sister-in-law Barbara Farrill, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dave retired from the University of Windsor managing Pension and Benefits. He was a lifetime member of the Windsor District Basketball Association and was an assistant coach of the 1969 Eastern Canadian Senior Ladies (N&D) Champs. Long time Secretary of the Windsor Minor Hockey Association. He was a board member of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association for several years. Dave helped to initiate the first hockey program at South Windsor Arena on Saturdays for young players. Dedicated member of the Siro Martinello Bursary Fund.

As per Dave’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Close friends and family are invited to the memorial visitation on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11 am until the time of the memorial service at 12:00 pm at Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre.

In Dave’s memory please find time to volunteer with an organization you believe in or perform an act of kindness for someone else.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Rob and Chris Cooke

December 12, 2018

Dad was a great man, he had a huge heart and he devoted his entire life to family, friends and community.
He was constantly performing random acts of kindness, a typical day for dad would include driving a friend to an appointment, helping out with a home repair, showing up for one of the kid's hockey games and attending a late night board meeting.
He was not a man who could turn down an opportunity to volunteer for a worthy cause. He was a lifetime member of many charitable organizations and he was always available to help out with a community fund raising event.
To his family and friends he was our "go to" guy. We knew that we could always count on dad to lend a helping hand when one was needed. He gave so much and never did he ask for anything in return, for him, a simple thank you would suffice.

There is so much of his presence that we will miss. His sense of humour, his laughter, how he loved to tell a good joke, the way he could recite a limerick and the sound of his snoring coming from the livingroom couch.
We will cherish the memories and we will never forget our beloved father and Papa.

Rob Chris Marty Sadie

Rick Martinello

December 12, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Connie and all of the Cooke Family from all of us at the Siro Martinello Memorial Bursary Fund. Dave was a charter member of our Bursary Fund which began on January 27th 1983 with the untimely death of one of his closest friends in Siro Martinello. It is without question that with Dave's guidance and efforts over the years that we continued to be a successful and fulfilling organization in helping needy students transition from high school to the University of Windsor and or St. Clair College. Dave's commitment and leadership was exemplary and for this we will always be grateful!

Dave's spirit will always be with us!

Rick Martinello

David Thrasher

December 10, 2018

Most of my memories of Dave come from when we worked together at Equtable Life , Dave always had a good story to start the day with a smile. A good man, his own man who gave of himself to make the lives of others better. Dorothy and I want Connie and family to know we are truly sorry to hear of Dave,s passing

Ian Cowie

December 8, 2018

Incredible man. Funny as can be. Miss you papa