April 3, 2021
I am deeply saddened to announce, my father Norman Cooke passed away early Saturday morning, April 3rd, of a rare cancer, at The Views Hospice in Comox. He was just 23 days shy of his 92nd birthday.
I (William) son of Norman and my girlfriend Emi were by his side holding his hand through the night. I am profoundly touched by the outpouring of love shown to my father in his final days, and for myself in the weeks that have followed. He was an amazing gentleman, father, grandfather, husband, provider and friend. We will miss him so. A brief look back at his life is as follows.
Norm was the youngest of four children. His love of both Piano and Organ was discovered early and carried on throughout his life. Norm graduated from Comox High School in 1946.
In 1947 Norm attended University in Edmonton and later Hollywood, California to study audio engineering. He became a recording engineer for CBC Radio and CJOR in Vancouver.
In 1959 Norman travelled to New York landing a job with RCA Records where he met Mary Lou. They were married in Los Angeles California 1959 and would go on to have two children, Jill (1961) and William (1966), and a grandson Mathew (1991).
Norm soon built success with his own business in audio cassette duplication until retiring, eventually selling the business in 1999.
After the tragic passing of his wife, his grandson and his daughter, Norman would decide to leave California in 2010, joining his son William, to live out his years, in their Kye Bay home, to which William had moved 5 years earlier.
Able to grieve his loss with his new community at his childhood Church “Saint John the Devine” and create close bonds with new friends, family, and neighbours. He was truly loved amongst those who knew him.
Norman is survived by his Son William. Nephews Dale and David. Nieces Maida and Yvonne. Cousins Ron, Colleen, Sheila, David, Tim, Rowynn, Ken, Sharon, Phil and Donna. His many visits to their warm homes brought such needed joy and peace to his heart.
For a more complete look back at Norman’s life, go to www.normancooke.com
A memorial service for Norman will be held at a future time. Obituary
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