Frederick William "Joe" "College" Cook

December 29, 1936 to May 8, 2018


Passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 81. Predeceased by parents Fred and Isabelle (Smallwood) Cook, sister Jean (Bill Keating), sister Evelyn (Myron Boucher), Brother Jack Cook (Thelma), brother Charles, and parents-in-law Bill and Winnie (Butt) Swain.  Left with fond memories are his wife of 54 years Doreen (Swain), and daughters Michele (Lonny Ellis), and Jacky.  Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, May 10th from 4-9pm.  Funeral service will be held from St. Mark the Evangelist Anglican Church on Logy Bay Road on Friday May 11th at 2pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



4-9 p.m. on May 10, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Friday May 11th

St. Mark's Anglican Church
203 Logy Bay Rd, St. John's


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Dear Doreen and family,
So sorry to hear of Fred’s Passing. Sincerest condolences to you and your family. Fred was certainly one of the finest men I ever had the pleasure of working with….always competent, concerned, helpful to everyone, a great listener and always in a an upbeat mood. Everybody liked Fred! Regretfully I was unable to get to the wake or service , but my thoughts were with you.
Take care
John Mackey

I knew Fred back in the rural development days and I have fond memories of working with him on any number of projects. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to Fred’s family.

Doreen & girls
My deepest condolences on the passing of Fred, we had many good laughs & parties when I worked with rural development back in the 1980,s. Fred treated me kind & fair I enjoyed my time there. Rip Fred

Doreen & Family,
Only just recently found out about Fred’s passing.Our deepest condolences and sympathy.We will remember his wry smile and sense of humour.Our prayers and thoughts are with you! Ros and Ron

My sincere condolences on Fred’s passing. I worked with Fred at Rural Development in the mid-seventies to early 80s and have fond memories of his guidance and his humour. May he rest in peace.

Doreen Michelle and Jackie, so very sorry to read of Fred’s passing. Take comfort in all your precious memories. I will touch base when I get home from Florida.

Doreen, I heard about Fred’s passing on our way to the airport. So sorry we cannot be with you during this time. Fred and I were really good friends and had some wonderful trips together. Again heartfelt condolences from Maureen and I.

Doreen and family, our sincere condolences to you on the passing of your beloved Joe. Our thoughts are prayers are will you all. May he Rest In Peace knowing that he had his family’s love.

Una and Jim Parsons
Mount Pearl

Mrs. Cook and family: I was saddened to hear that Mr. Cook had passed. I worked with your husband in the then Dept. of Rural, Agricultural and Northern Development in the late 70s. He was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humour. Take care and God bless.

My thoughts and prayers are with Jacky, Michelle and Mrs. Cook during this time of sorrow. I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Cook’s passing. I have fond memories of him growing up and playing dress up with Jacky. Hold the memories tight. He will always be with you.

So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Doreen, Jacky and Michelle at this time.

Thinking of you all at this time and remembering the family outings we shared! I so remember Mr. Cook liking to tease me and at the same time being proud of my accomplishments, xo

Mrs.Cook , Jacky and Michelle,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember talking with Mr. Cook on my many visits to your house and during his numerous “chauffeur ” duties with us girls. He always had a word of wisdom or two (or twenty, lol), usually accompanied by a touch of dry humor or sarcasm. He was always very kind to me and welcomed me into your home like one of his own.
Jacky, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs to you and your mom.

Condolences to Jacky and family, including his nephew Richard Keating, through whom I met Freddie a few times over the years. JeN Keating was our good neighbour growing up and I could always see her face in Freddie’s, as sister and brother.

Doreen & Family,

Thinking of you as your mourn the loss of Fred. May memories that you cherish help to ease the sorrow.

Theresa & Peter

My deepest condolences to Mr. Cook’s family. I worked with Fred in the provincial government with the dept of rural development. He was a very nice man.

Michèle ,Jacky,, Mrs.Cook,
My heart is broken at this time. Remember all the wonderful times you spent together. He will be in your heart forever.
Thinking of you all
Lynn and Craig Drake

Mrs Cook, Michele & Lonnie, Jacky, my very sincere and deepest sympathy to each of you. I remember visiting your home on several occasions before Michele moved to Ontario. Mr Cook was always especially welcoming and he liked to joke with me. I’m very sorry for the grief you are experiencing. Hold your memories tight in your hearts and hug one another tightly. My thoughts are with you all.

Doreen and Family
Our sincere condolences on Fred’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
God Bless
Herb and Nora

Sorry to hear of your dads passing .thoughts and prays to u all .

Sincere sympathy to Fred’s family at this time of great loss. I was acquainted with Fred through work for many years and have many fond memories. Rest in peace Fred, this was a better place when you were here.

Doreen, Michelle ,”Lonny Ellis” & Jacky .

So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing ,may you find a measure of comfort in
Knowing our thoughts & prayers are with you @ this very difficult time .
Sorry we are unable to attend the funeral we are visiting family in USA.
Love & prayers
Maisie & Brooks

Doreen, Sheila and I Would Like To Extend Our Condolences To You And The Family.

Irvine And Sheila Mullett

It has been many years since I have seen you but know that I am thinking about you and your family at this very sad time . Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear husband . Linda

The love of your life has been relieved of any more pain and suffering. Like you St. Mark’s has lost one of our beloved. May you all be given wonderful memories of Fred as time passes, he is not far and he will be there for each one of you always. God Bless

John and I are remembering Fred with much fondness for his self-deprecating manner, ever cheerful smile and his whitty comments. You have been part of happy visits here,in Ontario, and in St. John’s. Hugs Doreen, Michele and Jacky.