Brattleboro – Arthur Leland, "Art" Cooke, 92, a lifelong resident of town, formerly of Cooke Road in West Brattleboro, passed away peacefully late Sunday afternoon, April 30, 2017 at the Thompson House where he had been a resident for the past four and one half years.
Art was born in Brattleboro on March 26, 1925 the son of Arthur Eli and Florence (Laughton) Cooke. He attended the old Academy School through the eighth grade, when he then worked on the family farm. With the outbreak of the Second World War, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 716th Military Police Battalion. Following his honorable discharge from active service he returned home to Brattleboro. He later earned his high school diploma graduating with the Class of 1986, Brattleboro Union High School.
He had been employed as a machine operator at the former Book Press in Brattleboro where he retired, following many years of faithful service with the company. Previously he had worked for Vermont Print in Brattleboro and during his earlier years he drove log truck for the late Victor Morse of Vernon.
Active civically, he was a member of the Brattleboro Fire Department retiring from the department after 37 years in February of 1985 as Captain of Engine 3.
Art was a longtime member of First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro and was a member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5.
Art loved music and outdoor concerts, attending regional car races, touring around town in his Chevrolet Impala and going to coffee shops, and watching softball games at Living Memorial Park.
On October 23, 1955 in Hoosick Falls, NY he was married to Jane Abbott. His faithful and devoted wife of 44 years predeceased him on October 21, 1999.
He leaves two sons, Timothy Cooke and his wife Chris of Southbridge, Massachusetts and Alan Cooke of Sharon, Vermont, one daughter, Susan Draper and her husband Larry of Morgan, Vermont. He also leaves a grandson, James Arthur Cooke of Rhode Island, step grandsons Justin and Julian Guzman, a longtime friend in Philip Riendeau, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son Steven Cooke who died in November of 1991, two brothers, Lawrence and Raymond Cooke and two sisters, Eva Yeaw and Annie Howe.
Friends may call at the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue, Saturday at 10 A.M. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M. with burial to follow in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Art's name may be made to the Thompson House Patio Fund, 80 Maple Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301, or to First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301.