John (Jack) Cooke, BA’54

Jack CookeJack passed away peacefully in his sleep at Vancouver General Hospital at the age of 85 on November 1, 2016. Born in Vernon, BC, Jack was the second of three children born to Edward and Irene Cooke. After being raised in Vernon Jack went on to complete an undergraduate degree in sciences at UBC, an MBA at the University of Western Ontario, and a teaching certificate at UBC. Jack became a teacher and, while teaching in Salmon Arm, he met Brenda, whom he married in 1966. Jack and Brenda moved to Courtenay and then Victoria. In Victoria, Jack taught for several years at Mount View. He then turned to a career in real estate and then accounting/tax preparation. Jack’s two keen hobbies were fishing and farming. He often spoke fondly of fishing with his father in the Okanagan and guiding for several years out of Campbell River. In Victoria, Jack took on a keen interest in fruit and vegetable farming and revitalizing a heritage orchard in Shirley. The family enjoyed many weekends and holidays at the farm and shore excursions. With son John, several visits were made to Brenda’s family in the UK and other European destinations. Subsequently, Jack and Brenda travelled further afield along the Pacific Rim. The final exploration – a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest – was his final voyage, much enjoyed. Jack leaves with fond memories his wife of over 50 years, Brenda, his son John, daughter‑in‑law Louise, grandson Daniel and granddaughter Natalie. The family express their deepest gratitude to the medical and health aid staff at Victoria General Hospital, of note the ICU. If desired, donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. To offer a condolence please visit