John Joseph Cook, Sr.
November 20, 1924 ~ August 26, 2012
John Joseph Cook, Sr. moved on to his next phase of life on Sunday August 26, 2012. Known as Jack to his family and friends, he was born in Morristown, New Jersey, on November 20, 1924. His family moved to Norwalk when Jack was still a toddler and he was a proud Norwalker for the rest of his life.
Jack loved watching his children and grandchildren grow and have fun. As an avid sports fan, he was particularly proud of his son Will’s lacrosse career and watching his grandsons play lacrosse and hockey. Jack and his wife, Gloria, never missed a game, even if the faceoff was before sunup. Those days made him even happier than when his Braves won the World Series or his Giants won the Super Bowl. A stoic Irishman, Jack had a loving side that he only revealed to his immediate family – giving his children special nicknames and making even mundane activities like taking a bath or going to bed fun and memorable.
Jack attended St. Mary’s School, Norwalk High School and J.M. Wright Technical School. He worked for Connecticut Light & Power for 38 years, retiring in 1987. He also worked part time at Pepperidge Farms for many years.
Service in World War II pulled Jack out of high school a few months before graduation. Although he had completed the requirements for graduation, Jack was unable to walk with his class or receive his diploma. He was honored and proud to walk with his grandson Adam’s Norwalk High School graduation class of 2003 and finally receive his diploma 60 years after the rest of his classmates. During the war, Jack served honorably in the Signal Corps throughout India and what is now Pakistan. He attained the rank of Sergeant.
Jack was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Gloria (Gilberti) Cook. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Deborah and William Belward, his son and daughter-in-law John and Lisa Cook, and his son William Cook and Will’s loving partner Celia Hall. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Shaun Belward, Keith Belward, Tiffany Belward, Adam Belward, Sam Cook and Timothy Cook. Jack was also blessed with four great-grandchildren: Kyliegh Belward, Taylor Belward, Colin Belward and Maxwell Belward.
Jack was predeceased by his five brothers: Francis (Frank), Thomas, Paul, Raymond and Herbie. Throughout their lives, he and his brothers called each other by pig Latin versions of their names, except for Jack. His brothers called him Yicco, and none of them could remember why. His parents were Thomas Cook and Bridget (Naughton) Cook.
Friends may call at Collins Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, August 31. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 10:00 AM on Saturday September 1. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT. In lieu of gifts, the family asks for donations to Norwalk’s Elderhouse www.elderhouse.org.