Randal Norman Cook 1960 — 2017

Randal Norman Cook

It is with great sadness that the family of Randy Cook announces his sudden passing, at his home in Kamloops, British Columbia. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Eileen Cook; brother, Alan (April); sister Jennifer (Brian) and nephew Adam. Randy was predeceased by his father, Harold Cook.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Randy came to Kamloops with his family in 1966. He graduated from NorKam Secondary in 1978 and kept in touch with many classmates.

An early love of cars and motorcycles, combined with an appreciation of times gone by, led to a life-long involvement with classic cars and hot rods. Randy was a long-time member of The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, The Vintage Car Club of Canada (Kamloops Chapter), the Kamloops Street Rod Association and participated in many club activities, shows, rallies and swap-meets. Some of his most enjoyable hours were spent in the garage, or with the many friends and acquaintances he met through these groups.
He was also an avid collector of smaller items, and enjoyed working in his yard and vegetable garden.

Many thanks to Randy’s friends and neighbours who looked out for him and lent a hand when needed.

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22 Tributes

  1. Leslie Mounsey
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Eileen. I’m very sorry for your great loss.

    • Ana
      Posted September 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of your son, brother and nephew. I knew Randy casually through coffee at Starbucks, and could always count on Randy being at his table by the window. I hope you find comfort in knowing that Randy was a very kind man…he even brought me a bucket a cherries. I will miss seeing Randy each morning.

  2. Ppam lovett
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to hear about Randy’s passing. Thinking of all of you at this sad time. I know Randy will be dearly missed.

  3. Teresa Zivkusic
    Posted September 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    RIP Randy we will really miss you. You were a wonderful friend and great co worker. Deepest sympathies to your Mom, brother and sister. Our lives were richer having known you. Till we meet again sleep well my friend.

  4. brian hitchens
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Randy. My condolences to all of the family.I enjoyed the weekly, Friday morning chats with Randy over the past years @ the A&W coffee sessions.Restorations,Classic,vintage cars and show/shine events on the calender were hot topics.So enjoyed Randy’s perspective!! Val and I remember the early days of 1968-70 when we lived on Jasper Avenue near you folks and the Woodwards Department store days. Remembering you all Eileen.
    Brian and Val Hitchens

  5. Jeff Ryder
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    One of the nicest guys I knew in high school and in our later years. Sad you are gone, you will always be remembered.

  6. Heather Chamberland
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Randy was a childhood friend of my ex husband James. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to Kamloops and was always a true friend to us even though we hadn’t seen much of him in the last few years. Have so many memories of things we did but one of my favorites was when my son Ian was little, Randy would dress up as Santa on Christmas Eve and come to the house delighting Ian to no end. My deepest condolences to his family and will always have a special place in my heart for Randy.

  7. Ron & Barb DeRosier
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Al. So very sorry to hear about Randy. Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this sad time.

  8. Dennis &Barb Legault
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Very sad to hear of Randys sudden passing, we met him through Kamloops Car Club. He was a nice person, he will be missed.Our prayers our with his family at this saddened time.

  9. Mike Wilson
    Posted September 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I am saddened by the news of an old friend passing. Randy and I were friends for many years and I am going to miss him with all my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Randy’s family at this extremely difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  10. Linda Masi
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    My sincere condolences to The Cook family. I was so sad to read of Randy’s passing. I have many memories of him and remember him smiling and laughing. My thoughts are with you all.

  11. Jessica Archibald
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    My deepest condolences to everyone. I always enjoyed when Randy would come to A&W (where I work) for a coffee or root beer. He will be deeply missed by us all there.

  12. Darrell Thompson
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe your gone. I will always remember you as as a great friend and member of the fraternal order of car crazy’s from the 60’s. We shared main laughs over coffee, love of 60’s and 70’s music and of course anything with wheels and a engine.
    You will always be missed by Mj, Alex, Amy and I
    I’m not a religious person, but in the chance that I’m wrong, I hope we meet again. Your friend Darrell

  13. Al Christopherson
    Posted October 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Thoughts and prayers. Randy and I always had a good chat whenever we saw each other. RIP Bud

  14. J. Chris Skov
    Posted October 3, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    My deepest condolences and sympathies to you all at this difficult time. I was very shocked to see Randy’s obituary in the paper. I didn’t know him that well, but knew him through the vintage car hobby, and we often saw each other at Fortune A&W. My prayers are with you, he will be missed, a special and nice man.

  15. Rob Lion
    Posted October 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I knew Randy from high school. He was always pleasant and easy to get along with. I remember having fun playing poker with him one time. He had beginners luck and made out quite well, much to the annoyance of the rest of us.
    My condolences to The Cook family.

  16. Louise Campbell
    Posted October 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I am very sorry for your loss. Although I have not seen Randy for some time, I have many memories of him growing up next door. Mt condolences to all the family.

  17. King fam
    Posted October 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Still hard to look across the street knowing your gone. Randy was one of the nicest sincerest people ive ever met. The first thing he always asked was about how my family was. He was like a dad, a big bro and an uncle and our lives were enriched by having you around. We will never forget you. Rip my friend

  18. Kim Norbury
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Life just isn’t fair sometimes.
    I send my condolences to the entire Cook family.
    Randy was truly a smart, intelligent and interesting guy.
    Eileen, what does one say? Nothing will take away the pain you feel. I wish I could.
    I read this poem many years ago and I wanted to share it with you.

    A Child Of Mine

    I will lend you, for a little time,
    A child of mine, He said.
    For you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he’s dead.
    It may be six or seven years,
    Or twenty-two or three.
    But will you, till I call him back,
    Take care of him for Me
    He’ll bring his charms to gladden you,
    And should his stay be brief.
    You’ll have his lovely memories,
    As solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay,
    Since all from earth return.
    But there are lessons taught down there,
    I want this child to learn.
    I’ve looked the wide world over,
    In search for teachers true.
    And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
    I have selected you.
    Now will you give him all your love,
    Nor think the labour vain.
    Nor hate me when I come
    To take him home again
    I fancied that I heard them say,
    ‘Dear Lord, Thy will be done!’
    For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
    The risk of grief we’ll run.
    We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
    We’ll love him while we may,
    And for the happiness we’ve known,
    Forever grateful stay.
    But should the angels call for him,
    Much sooner than we’ve planned.
    We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
    And try to understand.
    ~Edgar Guest~

    I’m thinking of you all. Kim Norbury

  19. Rhoddy Duhamel
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Al please accept our deepest condolences.

  20. Stephanie King
    Posted October 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    We still look over at your house Randy and wait for you to have your sandwhich and Pepsi on your front step, or come out to “shoot the breeze” when we’re in the yard. Every little house project we were up to..you were over with a helping hand or going in your garage for a tool. Never mattered what we were doing you always had the right tool.
    The long talks on politics would always get you going and the endless discussions on your hotwheels that you loved so much.
    Our kids couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and yell hello to you our the front door before you went for coffee every morning, or any opportunity to come over to get your candy stash. You taught my family love, respect and compassion. You welcomed us in the neighbourhood and instantly became our family. We will miss having you over, miss the talks, and miss trying to out do you on who’s yard looks better. I will miss your advice and especially miss your love you had for my kids. You will forever be in our memory and our hearts.. until we meet again my friend … Rest In Peace.

  21. Ted Fuller
    Posted November 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Just found out about Randy. I remember enjoying his company when he worked up at the Ministry of Environment building on Dalhousie in Kamloops. I always saw him at the hot rod evenings and got to sit in his old Belvedere I think it was. He certainly collected lots of those small toy cars. The last time I saw him, he was working at the Land office downtown Kamloops. My condolences to the family.

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