Cel­e­brat­ing Denis Cook’s long legacy

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy The Western Times

BORN and raised in the bush with an affin­ity for the beach, Denis Cook was a great bloke who loved life.

He was ed­u­cated at St Mary’s in Charleville and went on to fin­ish his ed­u­ca­tion at Down­lands in Toowoomba.

After leav­ing school he worked for a short time at Ba­yards in Queen St, Bris­bane, then re­turned home to work at the fam­ily busi­ness, Pall Mall, where he lasted 30 years un­til it closed.

Denis then spent the past 15 years work­ing at the hospi­tal and nurs­ing home.

He loved the oldies, and they loved him.

Up un­til re­cently, Denis was still lend­ing a hand at their Mon­day pot­tery classes at the Charleville Cul­tural Cen­tre.

A com­mu­nity-minded man, Denis spent much of his life vol­un­teer­ing for Apex – who could for­get his lucky num­bers stand at the Charleville Show each year?

And in 1991 he de­cided to try his hand at lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

His suc­cess­ful elec­tion led to a 25-year ca­reer with coun­cil, and the last four as mayor of the Mur­weh shire.

He worked tire­lessly for the com­mu­nity dur­ing this time and left his legacy on the re­gion he called home.

His wife Bil­lie, and Jamie, Deanne, Casey, Sami, Des, Nancy, Tria and fam­i­lies said they were blessed to have had such a beau­ti­ful man in their lives.

And Mickey and Min­nie, his “fur ba­bies” as he af­fec­tion­ately called them, were just as much a part of the Cook fam­ily.

Not only did he have a Min­nie with four legs, he also had a Mini with four wheels, which was his pride and joy. Denis’ health prob­lems be­gan seven-and-a-half years ago, but just like Rocky Bal­boa, he al­ways man­aged to land that knock­out blow and bounce back ev­ery time.

Trag­i­cally, he lost his fi­nal bat­tle with can­cer, and passed away just after mid­night on June 9, 2017.

He will be re­mem­bered as a fam­ily man, a great mate, and an avid footy fan with a pen­chant for red hand­ker­chiefs and col­lect­ing caps.

Denis’ fam­ily would like to thank the doc­tors and nurses at the Charleville hospi­tal for the stan­dard of care they showed him dur­ing this time, and for al­low­ing his fur ba­bies, Mickey and Min­nie, to have special vis­its.

Denis’ fu­neral was held in Bris­bane on Mon­day, June 19.


NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Bil­lie and Denis Cook re­lax in their gar­den in 2013.

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