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Claude Cook

Claude Cook

Passed in: Waterville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: October 30th, 2011

COOK, Claude McDowell - 98, Waterville, Kings Co., passed this life on October 30, 2011, at his home. He first worked in his grandfather’s store in Waterville. During the Second World War. Claude enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Armed Service Corps, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ortona Branch No. 69, Berwick. Following the war Claude inherited the family business and operated a feed mill and grocery business. Eventually the business transitioned to a hardware until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the Waterville and District Volunteer Fire Department before and after the War. In 1947, Claude became Chief and held that position until 1962. He was instrumental in establishing the system of mutual aid for the volunteer fire departments, a system which exists to this day. Claude was also an active member of the community throughout his life. He took time to be involved in the Waterville Recreation Club and worked to establish the Waterville Recreation Grounds. Claude was also involved in Waterville Field Days and the parades. He loved the water and in his earlier years sailed his Cape Islander out of Harbourville on the Bay of Fundy. His great love was family and his extended community family. Claude possessed a keen mind with a memory for local history. He fulfilled his spiritual inclinations by belonging and contributing to three churches which he did his best to attend on Sundays and special occasions. Claude was the son of the late Stanley and Mamie (Hutt) Cook of Waterville. He was predeceased by his wife, the late Mary Ferne Cook (nee Dystant); his brother, Charles Cook was killed in the Second World War during the siege of Malta in 1943. Claude is survived by his sister, Margaret Brydon, Hope, B.C.; a son, Charles (Marilyn Mullett), Tantallon; daughter, Connie (James Wright), Toronto, Ont.; granddaughter, Erin Wright, (Tim Ross), Dubai and two great-grandchildren, Leo and Isabella; grandson, Tim Wright, (Tiffany Ring), London, England and two great-grandchildren, Aidyn and Charlie Wright; sister-in -Law, Edith Casely, Riverview N.B. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bryce Johnstone of DeMont Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service (902-538-8317). There was no visitation. A service will be held at, 2 p.m, Saturday, August 25, in Christ Anglican Church, 238 Commercial St., Berwick. Rev. Charles Bull officiating, with a reception to follow in the church hall. Burial in the Berwick Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Christ Anglican Church, Berwick, Trinity United Church, Waterville, or to the Waterville Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.familycare.ca


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