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John Donald Cook

January 15, 1934 - January 16, 2024

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa, John Cook, on January 16, 2024, at Biggar & District Long Term Care at the age of 90.

John was born in Wilkie, SK on January 15, 1934, and grew up on the family farm.  John married Margaret McKenna on December 27-1955. They raised three children: David, Kenneth and Cheryl. 

After high school while John was working with a Seismic Drilling Crew he was contacted to see if he would fill in as a Study Supervisor at a country school.  That experience led him to make the decision to pursue a teaching career. He completed his Bachelor of Education degree over the years while teaching and attending Summer School. He began teaching at Maxwell School, then Wardenville School,  then Cut Knife before settling in Wilkie where he taught for many years until he retired from teaching in 1986.

In the early years summers were enjoyed at the cabin in Cochin and then later years at Chitek Lake and then the current cabin at Meota (The Cook Nook). They also enjoyed many camping adventures across Canada as well as the United States. 

Mom and Dad enjoyed their retirement years living in Victoria and exploring the Island, returning to Saskatchewan for the summer months. Mom and Dad moved to Biggar from Victoria in 2016 to be closer to family.

Dad was an avid handyman and was called on many times by family, friends and neighbors to help with household projects. He was very resourceful and could always be counted on to solve a problem. He enjoyed helping out and sharing his knowledge with others.  

John is survived by his wife, Margaret; 

son DAVID (Loretta) Cook; grandchildren, Kyla(Sean) Ward; Keenan(Laura) Cook ; Jeffrey Cook(Lisa); Jenna Cook (Jordan)

Son KEN Cook; grandchildren, Daryl, Stacey, Jeanine and Billy (deceased)

Daughter CHERYL (Fred) Irvine; grandchildren, Tanis (Reid) Munro; Jack (Ana) Irvine; Paige Irvine

Great Grandchildren- Charlotte Ward, Henry Ward, Lucy Cook, Mckenna Cook,

Adria Munro, Gideon Munro, Lorne Danskin, Rikki Danskin 

John was predeceased by his parents Russel and Mary Cook; his sister and brother-in-law Marjorie (Gordon) Smith; his brother and sister- in-law Raymond (Marje) Cook; his brother and sister-in-law Lloyd (Rose) Cook.

A service will be held at a later date.  

Donations may be made to Biggar Long Term Care Activities Fund: Box 130, Biggar, SK  S0K 0M0.

Arrangements entrusted to Gerein Funeral Service. 

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