Wayne Cooke

Obituary of Wayne Cooke

Wayne T. Cooke of Princeton, passed away on April 9, 2012 at the age of 78, after an 8½-year battle with colon cancer. Raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, Wayne earned a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. Following three years in the United States Navy, he returned to Michigan and earned his MBA with distinction. After thirty years with IBM �" and management positions that took him and his family to The Netherlands, Paris, and Hong Kong �" he took early retirement and joined his wife Patricia in selling residential real estate with Coldwell Banker in Princeton. Wayne was kind-hearted and loving, with a passion for travel (including 4 international trips in the past year alone), music and a wonderful sense of humor. He sang with the Princeton United Methodist Church Choir and the Voices Chorale, with whom he toured across Europe. He served as an inspiration for many as the author of "On the Far Side of the Curve: A Stage IV Colon Cancer Survivor's Journey", which set forth his personal program for survival. He is also the author of "The Life and Times of Papa Vark", which is pending publication. Wayne is survived by his wife Patricia P. Cooke; a son and daughter-in-law Scott and Cristina Cooke of Westfield, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Ante Galic of Hong Kong; and four grandsons, Xavier, Rafael and Felix Cooke, and Ante Wayne Galic. He is also survived by three brothers Allen, Dan, and Jim, and a sister Janet, and their respective spouses. He is predeceased by his brother Dean. Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation from 6-9pm on Friday, April 13 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ; and to a funeral service at 10:30am Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
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