Obituary: Arthur Cook

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Arthur Cook

THE funeral service for Arthur Cook of Crown Street, Ryhall, took place at St John’s Church, Ryhall, the Rev Andy Fyall officiating. Mr Cook died at home aged 80.

Born at Braceborough, Arthur was one of five children born to Christopher and Agnes Cook. He was educated at Greatford C of E School. On leaving school in 1944 at the age of 14, he and his twin brother Derek (Dick) started work as porters at Essendine Station. In 1948 both brothers did their National Service with the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) near Folkestone as army clerks.

After National Service he became a porter signalman at the one-time Ryhall and Belmesthorpe Station and it was at this time he met his future wife, Margaret, known as Eileen. They married in 1953 and went on to have three sons, Kevin, Stuart and Sean. After three years at the station he switched to Greatford signal box and in 1967 moved to Tallington, where he worked for 28 years in the old and new signal box, retiring in 1995 after 51 years service.

Arthur served as a special constable for 22 years with Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary. He was a keen gardener, photographer, poetry writer and sportsman, playing football for Ryhall and cricket for Tolethorpe Park for many years. When his football playing days had finished he became a Lincs FA referee.

After his wife Eileen died in 1994, Arthur became a devoted attender at the Methodist chapel, taking on the position of steward, and he was also a member of Ryhall branch of the Royal British Legion.

He was a family man, and proud of his seven grandchildren and great grandchild.

After a long illness he is now reunited with his beloved Eileen and will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends.

Family mourners included: Kevin and Christine Cook, Stuart Cook, Sean and Jane Cook, Claire Cook, Carl Phillips, Emma and Barry Hancock, Gary Cook (representing Ian Cook), Emma Cook (Jim and Finley), Ryan Cook, Stephen Cook, Tony and Beryl Cook (John and Neil), Joan Theobald, Dick and Joan Cook (Ian, Susan and family), Bruce and Jean Cook, Trevor Theobald (Kate, Matthew and Andrew), Peter and Lynne Humphries (Felicity and Danielle), Fiona Scotney (Grace and Oscar), Debbie Sheehan (Jack and Matthew), Julie Lavers (Gemma and James), Mary Fawns.

Maureen and Martin Harbord (Mark and Mandy Harbord), Dorothy Kettle, Bob and Karen Hunt (Lisa and Laura), Sara Kent (Steve Kent and Rogan), Elizabeth Percival (Jessica and Polly), Paul Kettle (Andrew and Steven), Susan Kettle (Mark Kettle), Andrew Sutton, Jim and Deb Hodgkin, Ann Fenn (Marzie Crane), Win Toulson, Gordon and Jean Williams (David Williams and family), Stephen Williams.

Sympathisers included: Val Lofthouse (Ryhall Village Playing Field Committee), Brenda Smith (Barnack Methodist Church), Rose Porter (Jill Unsworth), Sheila Wolfenden, Mrs J Askew (family), Sharon Askew; Eric Thompson, Ken Plant, Roy Prentice and John Garfield (Royal British Legion, Stamford), Brenda and Chalky White (Ryhall Parish Council and RBL Stamford), Sandy and David Ellis (Alec and Renee Burt).

Michael Whetstone (Jenny Whetstone, Stamford U3A drama group), L Laybourne, Mervyn Waters, Doreen Robins, Lesley Freebury-Wildgust and Barbara and Charles Cameron (RBL Ryhall), Paul and Daphne Perring, Michelle Hitt, John and Maureen Fisher, Paul Huddleston (Ryhall Parish Council, Ryhall Village Hall Committee), Frank and Anne Johnson (family and Charity family).

Roland Saunders (Joyce Saunders), Janet and John Finden, Andrew Harle (Andrew and Justine Harle), Rina Waters (Sally and David Hickman, Mrs Macil Edmunds), Reg Mee, Mr and Mrs I Maner (David Plant, Canada, Mr and Mrs A Harrison), Jim Fay (Eileen and Robert), Eileen and Bert Sayers (Lorna Bryant), Margaret Durdey (Jenny Whatley), John Berridge, Jean and Alan Dawson, Pamela and Kevin Boor, Bill Field (Eileen Pattinson), Mrs L Stallon, Mr and Mrs E Haynes (Bob Haynes, Sue Stephens), Brian Haynes (Chris and Karen Parsons and Aubrey and Caroline, Blue Bell, Belmesthorpe), Margaret Bull (Neville Smith).

Anne Sewter (Ken Sewter), Pat and Dennis Flynn (Annie, Ian and Louise Flynn), Susie Shotbolt (Philip Shotbolt), Jill Carlisle, J & G Charity, Stella Smith (Nora Harris), Brian and Kay Kenny, Lean Ainscough, Caroline Adams (Ryhall Parish Council), Maurice and Judith Wade (Annette and James Turner), Richard Spendlove, Rev Maureen Jones (Methodist Church).

George Clements (John Downs), Emmaline Clements (Sylvia, Paul and Julie), Maurice Annison (Methodist Church), Jack and Sunny Mason (Brenda York), Gerald and Tricia Massingham, John Dracup (Marlene Dracup), Richard Snowden (Barn Hill Methodist Church), W Pell (Mrs B Pell), Don Bentley, Edward Campbell (Rotherham Prison Fellowship), Arthur Norburn (Rotherham Prison Fellowship), Melvin Harrison (Pat Harrison), Michael Bratley, Dick and Joyce Garlick, P & J Bird (family), Betty Dearmer (Nina and Ron Atkins).

Eileen and Ron Bullimore, Jean Coulsey, Antony Coulsey, Betty Brader, D Fenn (I Fenn), Audrey Smart (Daphne Lowe), Charles Bannister (Carol and family), Ann Fenn (Marzie Crane), Rev Brian and Mrs Judith Lewis (Nina Rawlins), Michael Thurlby (Alan Thurlby, Rose Thurlby, Robert Johnson), John Harrisson, Mr and Mrs K Leadbetter (Rotherham Prison Fellowship Group), Ivy Wallis (Rotherham Prison Fellowship), Paul Finch (family), Win Peck and family (Mrs A Bennett, Mr R Walker),.

Marian Taylor, Ken Popple, June and Monty Burton (Thelma and Ron Hallam, Jasmine and Josh Sorbi), Maureen and Wally Brooks, Sandra Wadkin (Michael and family), Joan Caplan, Nikki Younger (Mark, Sam, Josh and Will Younger), Mr B and Mrs J Wann, Pam Coulson, Betty Edwards and family, Mrs E Fordham (Mr F Fordham), Doreen Laybourn, Rosemary Chappell (Dennis Chappell), Mary Beaver (Gordon and Maureen Matthews, Vera Fox-Browne), Terry and Glynis Fytche, Anne McQuistan, Jim Player, Diane Johnstone.