Charles "Charlie" William Cook

Birth Date: 
Tuesday, October 19, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, July 7, 2022

WOOSTER – Charles William Cook, aka “Uncle Charlie” to friends and family alike, was born Oct 19, 1926 in Steubenville, OH to William Andrew and Helen (Semph) Cook, and died Jul 7, 2022 at Life Care Hospice after a period of declining health, largely stemming from progressing Parkinson’s Disease.  After his father died, young Charlie and his brother Glen were raised by relatives on a truck farm in Richfield, OH where he developed a dedicated work ethic and learned many mechanical skills.  After serving in the Navy from Feb 1945 – Aug 1946, Charlie majored in math and music at Kent State University. Teaching positions were not available with that combination, so he started working at Eaton (where his mother worked) as a draftsman, while taking engineering night classes at Fenn College (which became Cleveland State University).  Charlie married June Rose Nemeth in 1950.  She preceded him in death in 2012.  He and fraternity brother George Hoy founded Phi Gamma Theta at Kent State.  Charlie became an integral part of the Hoy family when he and June “double-dated” for George and Katie Hoy’s honeymoon as well as their own. He went on to work for S.P. Manufacturing in Cleveland for 34 years as their sales manager. 

Upon retirement in 1987, Charlie and Junie moved to North Carolina where he enjoyed golf, tennis, concerts, Elder Hostel trips, singing in a choral group, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity where he participated in building hundreds of homes.  In 2017 at the age of 90, Charlie moved to Danbury Senior Living in Wooster to be near the Hoy family.  Those who will remember Charlie fondly include Katie Hoy (George’s widow) of Sagamore Hills, Casey Hoy (Karen Skubik) of Wooster, Susan Crawford (Jay) of Maryland, Lawrence Hoy (Andra Vebell) of Connecticut, Cindy Bowman (John) of New York, a dozen Hoy family grand and great grand nieces and nephews, special close friends Kathy Napoli (Cleveland), Pat Phillips, Cathy Pritchard, Corrine Walls, Eileen Hodiak (Charlie’s angels in NC), and his many Wooster friends.  Memorial donations could be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Wooster Chamber Series, or the Cleveland Orchestra.

Private family services will be held.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

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Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial donations could be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Wooster Chamber Series, or the Cleveland Orchestra.


Private family services will be held


Our warmest condolences to ‘Uncle Charlie’s’ family. We’ve known him only a few short years, but he was such a lovely man. R.I.P. Uncle Charlie

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