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John Cook

John Edwin "Jack" Cook

Thursday, September 7th, 1922 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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John Edwin Cook, 9/7/1922-4/18/2020: A Life Well Lived

John (Jack) Cook was born September 7, 1922 in Flushing, NY and grew up during The Great Depression. After graduating from Bayside High School, he worked at the Wheeler Shipyard till he was old enough to enlist in WWII in 1943. He served on Merchant Liberty Ships, Boatswain Mate 1c (T), as Navy Chief Gunner. In 1944, his ship was at the battle on Omaha Beach on D-Day.

After the war, he worked for General Motors then Ford Motor Co as Parts Manager and also began teaching tennis. He was head tennis pro at the Huntington Racquet Club, Huntington Bay Club, and Quoque Field Club in Long Island; and the Town Tennis Club and River Club in NYC. He taught many of the rich and famous as well as future tennis greats.

In 1960, he decided to make tennis his full time career and moved to Florida. After a short stint at the Silver Thatch Inn in Pompano Beach, he began a long and prestigious career as a teaching tennis pro for the City of Coral Gables at Salvadore Park from 1961 till he retired in 1989. During his tenure there, the tennis program flourished. In 1962, began the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship at Salvadore Park which included such greats as Chris Evert, John McEnroe, and Jimmy Connors, to name just a few. Jack became an important part of the community. There he met the love of his life, Jeane Young Cook. They married in 1972.

When Jack retired in 1989, he and wife Jeane continued their shared passion for tennis at the home they built in Kendall, FL. Jack continued to compete well into his 80’s. They had many happy, active retirement years. In 2013, Jack and Jeane moved to Pine Run Retirement Community in Doylestown, Pa to be close to their son Scott. Jack continued to play tennis with Scott till the age of 94+.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Jeane Young Cook in 2014 after 42 years of marriage. He is survived by his son Robert Cook of Murphy, NC; granddaughter Sarah Diane Barron and great granddaughter Katie of Villa Rica, Ga; daughter Barbara Cook of Orlando, FL; daughter Jeffrey Jeane Young of Ft Worth, TX; son Scott Young of Perkasie, Pa; granddaughter Danielle Hixon and great grandsons Robert and Eric, and great granddaughters Charlotte and Savanna of Butler, Pa; and grandson Michael Young of Seattle, Wa.

Jack embodied the values of those we now refer to as The Greatest Generation. He was honorable, hard working, patriotic, humble, self-disciplined, frugal, loyal, resourceful. He overcame several hardships in life, including polio as a young man yet became one of the top ranked teaching pros. He pursued his dream of a career in tennis, something he loved. He worked hard at it and made a good life for himself and his family. Jack was also polite, gracious, and very charismatic. Everyone loved him. He will be greatly missed.

Jack will be buried with Military Funeral Honors in Penn Hills, Pa where his wife Jeane is buried.
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    Private at the convenience of the family
    Jack will be cremated and buried with Military Funeral Honors in Penn Hills, Pa where his wife Jeane is buried, at a future date when we are allowed to gather again. All are welcome.


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Mary Ann(Audie/ Sley

Posted at 08:04pm
My family moved to Coral Gables in 1963. We lived across the street from Salvadore Park. Coming from a large family, we did not have the means to have tennis lessons. So, I would sit by Court 1 for hours listening to Mr. Cook give his private lessons. Everyday, he would take 10 minutes after his lessons were done, and have me come out on the court to try and put into motion what I had heard him say all day long! This went on for about 1 year. I was 11 years old. Never played tennis before this.

Later,, he hired me as a part time worker to instruct young children on Saturday mornings. My first job at 14, making .25 an hour. Mr. Cook sold me my first Wilson racket and Converse sneakers for $8.00
He was always patient and kind. I eventually learned the game and played on the Gables High Varsity Team, and also competed in his well known Orange Bowl Tournaments. I went on to play in college and have continued throughout my life.

He had a positive impact upon my life and the lives of so many others who I grew up with. I was sorry to hear of his passing, but, know that he lived an honorable life. My condolences go out to his family and friends. May you Rest In Peace, Mr. Cook.


John A Smithies

Posted at 08:13am
I attended St.Philips school and every Thursday afternoon we crossed the street to Salvador Park tennis center. And every Thursday Mr. Cook attempted to teach us. He was always patient, upbeat and had such a wonderful smile for us no matter how bad we were performing. I can still hear his voice with such encouragement, “Okay, big bad John, you’re up!” Occasionally, we would knock the ball over the fence and he would chuckle and tell us to get it. I will always remember him quite fondly. May he rest in eternal peace with the Lord. We are all so lucky to have known him.

Jeffrey Jeane Young

Posted at 07:49am
Oh taught me so much over the years, what dedication, sportsmanship. loyalty and love truly are, you were a true winner. We have watched so many Yankees games together, I will never be able to watch one without thinking of you and wishing you were by my side. But the one thing I admired most about you was how you loved my mother. You showed her what dedication. adoration. loyalty and love were truly about, thank you for that, she was always happy being by your side...weren't we all!! I will miss you Daddy, but you are never gone because you will live in my heart forever !! I love you Daddy !!


Posted at 01:06pm
Jack as a young man in the Navy. So handsome!


Posted at 01:04pm
Jack with his beloved wife Jeane at their home they built together in Kendall. They played tennis every day.

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