George Cook

George Cook

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George J. “Champ” Cook, age 97, of Erie, passed away peacefully at the V.A. Community Living Center on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

He was born in Erie, PA on June 22, 1923, son of the late George S. and Helen (Spadacene) Cook.
George was a graduate of St. Joseph Grade School and a 1941 graduate of Academy High School. He served in the Navy, in the Pacific, on an LSM Amphibious Assault Ship as a machinist in charge of the engine room during World War II. He was a machinist, tool and die maker, and purchasing agent throughout his many years at Continental Rubber Works.

He is a founding and longtime member of Our Lady of Peace Church. George was quite an outstanding athlete. He is in the bowling hall of fame for bowling one of his 300 games at the age of 77. Also, he had a hole-in-one in golf at the age of 69. He is a lifetime member of the Siebenbuerger Club, past officer of ATS and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Erie, PA. George loved spending time with his family and friends. He cherished sharing stories about his life and World War II, playing cards and Farkle with his friends at Curry Schell Apartments. He was a devoted fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns, as well as a passionate grocery shopper and enthusiastic handyman.

In addition to his parents and brother, Ronald “Sonny”, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mary (Rivas) Cook, brother-in-law, Louie Achille, and his son-in-law, Ronald DiSantis.

George is survived by his two children, son, George R. Cook and his wife Leslie (Wolbert) of Fairview, and daughter, Janet DiSantis of Millcreek; five grandchildren, Ron Foster (Paris), Ron DiSantis (Katie), Elliott Cook (Katie), Anthony DiSantis (Rosalia), and Gina Szumigale (Steve); and thirteen great-grandchildren, Anthony, Ethan, Luciana, Joseph, Liam, Graziano, Charlie, Gigi, Lidia, Domenico, Brady, Massimo, and Alessio. He is further survived by his brother, Raymond Cook (Lynn) of York, PA; sister Eleanor “Dolly” Achille of Fredricksburg, VA; brother-in-law Frank (Betty) Rivas, many nieces and nephews.

The Cook family thanks the VA Community Living Center and the entire VA system for their dedication and outstanding service.

A private Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Peace Church. George was buried in Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors. . The Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. is handling the arrangements. Send condolences to

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