COOK, Colin John, LCDR RAN

COOK, Colin John, LCDR RAN

We have been advised of the passing of of Colin Cook, who died  peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday 29 August 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Colin joined the RAN as a Junior Recruit in 1962 and had a long and distinguished career in the Fleet Air Arm both in Australia and overseas. He gained an SD commission in 1980 and dedicated almost 50 years of his life to the RAN FAA.

Colin was highly respected at all levels throughout the service. A good all-round sportsman, he represented Navy in rugby and squash and was prominent in Dempster Cup rugby in the 60’s and 70’s.

In later years, he also made a significant contribution to Legacy and was an active member for more than 20 years in the Shoalhaven and South Coast areas.

Colin was the beloved  husband of Joan, loving father and father-in-law of Karen & Colum, Melinda & Mark, and Stephanie and Gareth, and cherished Pop of Eloise, Jack, Ella, Olive, Archer and Ethan.
The funeral was held in Berry on Thursday 3rd September 2020.  Regrettably, numbers were restricted but many of his friends and colleagues were able to follow the service on ‘Zoom’ to pay their last respects.

Comments (2)


    Col Cook was a cheerful, decent, friendly and competent maintainer on 723, 725 and 817 Squadrons. He was a good sportsman at both Rugby League and in Squash and later did officer training. Whilst I haven’t seen Col for many years his memory will remain with me. He had an enduring smile with an associated pleasant nature. I regret his untimely passing, but would just like to record my thanks to him for his professionalism, courtesy and for being a fine officer of the RAN, and true gentleman.
    Thanks Col.

    Pete Cannell

    September 3, 2020 at 3:29 pm
  • Marcus Peake

    I first met Col Cook when I joined HC723 Squadron in ’79 as a brand new pommy retread. He was the Deputy AEO and stood out above the crowd with his calm professionalism, ready smile and aura of competence. I valued his advice and friendship and missed it when I left the Navy just three years later. We drifted apart geographically and did not see each other again for many years, until I retired close to where he lived.

    I last met him in 2019, when he and Joan joined us with other friends for lunch at the Robbo Pub. He’d had his first brain operation and was optimistic of a good outcome. We saw how the years had been kind to him, and enjoyed the same gentle manners, inherent courtesy and mischievous sense of humour.

    As he got in the car to go home he promised we would do lunch again soon. It never happened. Lady Fate was too cruel and he, quite rightly, made the most of his time with wife and four children, grandchildren and close friends. I watched from a distance as he lived his last months with courage and good grace – and this afternoon I watched his funeral service, remembered him as a good bloke, and grieved with his family.

    We have lost a great mate and are the poorer for it – but are also much richer for having known him. Rest in peace, my friend.

    September 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

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