Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones, after several months of declining health. Born April 3, 1934 and died peacefully at his home on March 7, 2022. Henry is leaving behind the love of his life Carmel after 66 years of marriage. Loving father of Doug, Donna (Allan), Glen ( Carolyn) and Mark who passed away on February 19, 2020. Predeceased by his parents George P. Cookson and Edith Cookson. He is also predeceased by his siblings George, William, Cecil, Edward, Hugh, Peggy, Pam and Dorothy. Poppa will be missed by his 4 lovely grandchildren; Carly, Briar, Trey and Caleb. Henry adored his grandchildren immensely. Henry started working on the Railroad before entering into a career as a Police Officer. He started on the Grantham Township Police and retired a Niagara Reginal Police Officer after 35 years of faithful service. Henry often reminisced about his time with fellow officers, Danny Stones, Tom Yablonski and Cor Vandermeer. Henry was a long time hockey fan and was a diehard Chicago Black Hawks fan. He also enjoyed his Hamilton Ti-Cat Football team. Henry coached the St. Catharines Novice All Star team alongside his good friend, the late Bill German Sr. His proudest moment was the Silver Stick Hockey Tournament in Sarnia, Ontario where his son Mark won the award for the most outstanding goalie in the tournament. This was a very proud moment for him. Henry also enjoyed going to St Catharines Falcons games to see his son Glen play. He also loved doing his yard work with his wife making sure his yard was immaculate with his music playing. Special thanks to the Ridgeview Gang who Henry had many fond memories with. Thanks to the staff of Paramed, P.SW.’s Ziggy, Lovelin, Clayton, Sarah and all. Thank you to Shannon, his nurse; for her compassion and kindness. Also thanks to his nephew Bill Bartle for his visits and caring and his niece Nancy for her visits and kindness that always put a smile on his face. Henry loved the movie Brian’s Song and the theme to the movie. Quote from Brian’s Song: ” He also left a great many loving friends who miss and think of him often. But, when they think of him, its not how he died that they remember, rather how he lived.” Henry was a loving and generous man. Henry will be missed as husband, father, grandfather and a friend. God Bless him. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Hanks’ Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society and would be appreciated by the family.
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