June Roberta Cook (nee Howse)

July 5, 1922 to June 9, 2020


Passed peacefully away at the Glenbrook Lodge, St John’s on June 9, 2020 June Roberta Cook in her 98th year. She was born on July 5, 1922 to Gus and Daisy Howse in St John’s, Nfld. June was predeceased by her loving husband Max (1994), only sibling Keith Howse (1966) (Hattie); brothers-in-law Tasker Cook (Ruby, Cavell), Angus Cook (Joan), Avalon Frampton; sisters-in-law Phyllis Walsh (Don), Rita Symonds (Art), and daughter-in-law Lucille Cook (Jeff).

Left with many loving memories, sons Gary (Rosalind) and Jeff (Deborah); daughters Jocelyn Laskey (Steven), Lois Bourne, and Deanne Cook (Barry); daughter-in-law Barbara Sparkes; grandchildren Jennifer Daly (Jason), Matthew Cook, Karen Blandford, Melanie Cook (Chris), Mandy Symonds (Richard), Corey Bourne (Tina), Stephen Blandford, Craig Bourne (Sandra), Leigh Chalker, and Chad Cranford/Cook; great-grandchildren Maxwell, Abbigail, Alyssa, Joshua, Kristen, Cameron, Hannah, Ryan, Penney, Scarlett; niece Jacqueline Howse, nephew Roger Howse, and sister-in-law Douglass Frampton along with numerous nieces and nephews on the Cook side of the family.

Mom, Grandma, June or Junie (as she was often called by husband, Max) lived life to the fullest. She was very open-minded and, in many ways, ” ahead of her time”. Whether it be family, friends or relatives from near or far, her door on Simms Street was open to everyone, always with an extra chair at the dining room table and or a bed for the night. June always had a warm smile, loving heart, and infectious kindness for everyone. Her family meant everything to her, and she loved to see them visit especially for family celebrations or for hot soup after a Santa Claus parade on a cold Saturday morning.

June had an amazing memory, especially for birthdays and anniversaries. In fact, she knew and remembered more about the Cook family than her husband Max. In her retirement years June spent her spare time completing the daily crossword puzzle in the Telegram, playing bridge with neighbours and friends, and of course watching the daily episode of “The Young and the Restless”.

In her younger years June was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts Ladies Auxiliary and gave some 50 years calling donors for the Canadian Red Cross Blood Collection Services.

June spent the last six-plus years at the Glenbrook Lodge in St John’s and her family would like to thank the staff for their exceptional care and attention to mom during this time.

Like her husband Max, June had requested that her body be donated to science, however it was not possible at this time. Therefore, her remains have been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home in St. John’s for cremation. Due to the current pandemic there will be no visitation. At a future date, a committal service officiated by her son-in-law Rev. Steven Laskey will be held and June will be laid to rest beside her beloved Max at the Anglican Cemetery on Forest Rd in St John’s, NL.

In her memory June requested that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Nfld & Labrador Chapter in aid of children who must travel to St John’s for treatment. 

June will be greatly missed by all who knew her!


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Very sorry to have learned this news. Condolences to all her family and friends.

I am so sorry to hear of June’s passing and sending deepest sympathy to the family. I have so many fond memories growing up with the Cook’s as our close neighbors and when June would play cards and hang out with my mom Lydia, Norma and Effie. A cup of tea and something sweet and yummy would always be involved. They would rotate to each other’s houses, and many times I would go to wherever they were because whenever these four wonderful ladies were together they were so much fun to be around.

Deanne & family,
Deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. I will be thinking of you at this sad time.
Phyllis Feltham

I have such fond memories of my Auntie June growing up. She always welcomed me as one of her own after my mother passed away when I was 11. My deepest condolences to my cousins and their families. May she Rest In Peace

I have some lovely memories of visits to Aunt June’s with Dave a long time ago. She was a lovely lady and always had something nice to eat. I have a recipe in front of me now of her Raisin Crumble cookies that I still make. She lived a great age and you have lots of wonderful memories. Judy.

What a beautiful tribute to June. She was indeed a lovely lady. I spoke to my mom about her and she wanted me to pass along her condolences. Mom spoke of good times spent with June and Max and my dad over a game of cards. We are thinking of you and know she will be missed but you have wonderful memories to share. Marilyn and Olive Haynes

Sorry to hear about your loss. June was one of my supervisors while working at Exon House in the eighties. June was a very fair and respected lady.

Lois and family,
Deepest sympathy to you and your family with the loss of your mother.. Recalling lots of nice memories over the years.Take care.

Cook Family…….We are sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We have wonderful memories with your family. Sincere condolences.

We were very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We have many wonderful memories of visiting when our children were younger, they were always eager for her Jeffy’s cookies and Santa parade lunches! Our deepest sympathies. Take care.

Deanne and Jeff. Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Sincere condolences to you and all your family

Deanne and family
My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother,
may the fond memories of her, stay close within your hearts

Robert Marshall

Gary, Jeff, Lois and Deanne
My condolences on the passing of your mother. I have many fond memories of the years I “boarded” with your family while attending Memorial University.. I appreciated her kindness and great sense of humour.. My thoughts are with you.

Gary, Jeff, Jocelyn, Lois and Deanne.

I was very sorry to see the notice of “Aunt June’s “ passing in the paper today. I have lots of memories of visits back and forth.

Robert Bishop

Dear Lois and family. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May loving memories of her help you through this difficult time.

Gary, Jeff, Jocelyn, Lois and Deanne,
Jim and I wish you our condolences on the death of your mother. I remember both of your parents so well from St. Thomas’. You were all good friends of our family. I have many great memories of you all. I think particularly of Jeff, Jocelyn and Lois who were the same ages as my sisters Nancy, Debbie and Beth. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Gary, Jeff, Jocelyn, Lois and Deanne deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear mother, June. I always felt that she was like an aunt to me as she was my mother, Effie’s best friend on Simmis Street. They had the most wonderful times together, Norma, June, Lydia and Effie playing cards and each others houses. most every day. She was a wonderful person and her memory will live on in all your hearts. Please let me know if you have a memorial service for her when this terrible times have past.
Janet (Barnes) and Paul Aitken

Deepest condolences to the family. I worked in the Fire. Department with Max and Tasker.

Deepest condolences to the family.

I have wonderful memories of my Godmother, Aunt June. May she rest in peace. Love to all of you .
Cousin, Linda Cook Dalley

Lois we are very sorry to hear of your mothers passing,
Sincere condolences from Ralph and Margaret Acreman

My Mother Sophie (Coultas) Corcoran seen June’s obituary in today’s paper and is remembering with great memories when June use to baby sit her and sisters Ella and Phyllis when they lived on Gower Street.
My Mother worked at The Department of Veterans Affairs with Tasker Cook and did not know until today June was related to Tasker.
May Peace Be Yours At This Time

Douglass and June’s Family

Sending condolences to your family at the loss of your loved one. Cherish every day her love, joy and all the Blessings she has given each and every one of her family.

To the Cook Family
Many years of memories of your dear Mom all through much of my life. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her but her memory will remain with all the stories we have in our hearts. May she Rest In Peace.

To Jocelyn , Douglass, and Family,
Sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one.

To Gary, Jeff and the Cook family. We are saddened to hear of the passing of your Mother. Treasure your memories of her as a loving and giving mother. RIP.

Sending our love to all of you, Gary, Jeff, Jocelyn, Lois Deanne and families as you say goodbye to “Aunt June”..She was very special and we always looked forward to their visits to Tw illingate. Your parents gift of hospitality has been handed down to all of you. Cherish your memories. Rest in peace June.

To the entire Cook Family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of June. She was a pleasure to see every Monday morning at Red Cross to call blood donors. She was a very special lady and will be sadly missed. Remember all the good times with her at this difficult time. RIP June
Eleanor & Sam Walters

To Jeff and the Cook family
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. May fond memories of times shared sustain you at this difficult time.
Clare & Mike

Deanne and family.

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. A very special lady. .
Fond memories of our card games and chats on the patio.
Our thoughts are with you

To All The Cousins

Thinking of you all at this time.
I know you have many wonderful memories of your Mother.
R.I.P. Aunt June.

Jennifer and Mandy and Barbie will miss you so much Grandma! We have so many memories of you!!
You are now with Grandpa in Heaven!! God bless you!!

Gary and family so sorry for your loss on the passing of your mother

Oh my Lois so sorry of the passing of your mother. Our condolences to you and all the families at this time. Love to see you.

Sincere sympathy on the loss of your mom ( Aunt June ). Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Roy & Linda

To:: The Cook family, So sorry for the loss of your mom. We have so many wonderful memories of her and her friendship with mom ,dad and all of our family..Be assured you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love and hugs to you all.

Deanne and family
So sorry for your loss of your mom my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time

Deanne and family…so sorry to hear of your mothers passing, please accept our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

To Deanne & all the Cook family:
I was so sad to hear of June’s passing. What an amazing lady, always a smile to greet you and always so pleasant and welcoming. I truly enjoyed her stories of days gone by, always amusing. She was a very Special Lady who will be greatly missed. Rest in peace dear June.