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John A. Cook

August 12, 2014

John A. Cook

OCEAN PINES, MD - John Anthony Cook, age 89, died July 4 2014 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Brookville, PA he was the son of the late John Wesley and Margaret Hartnett Cook. He was preceded in death by his lifelong friend, Walter A. Brown. He is survived by his "adopted" family, Walter's sons and daughters, their spouses, children and grandchildren.
Jack dedicated a good portion of his life to his music, and a passion to share his talents with others. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild from the days when he worked as an organist for CBS Radio. He also worked at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood. In 1961 he moved to Washington DC and worked for AARP in publications until retiring in 1990. Soon after he and Walter moved to Ocean Pines, to continue his passion for organ playing, and to enjoy the beauty of the Eastern Shore. They also traveled many times to Rhode Island where he and Walter poured great effort into restoring a Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Stadium Theater Performing Arts Center in Woonsocket. Jack gave numerous performances and produced several CDs' to benefit the Stadium Foundation. Upon the completion of the restoration, he and Walter returned to Ocean Pines where he continued to share his talents at several area churches. He also enjoyed playing his huge Wurlitzer organ in his home - always ready to put on a concert!
A Memorial Mass will be held on August 20, 2014, at 10:00 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Ocean Pines, MD. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rev. Leonard Downs will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to: The Stadium Theatre Foundation, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895. Inurnment will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery, DuBois, PA at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin, MD. Letters of condolence may be sent via:
www.burbagefuneralhome.com

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