Reverend Gale W. Cook, age 91, of Ft. Myers, Fla., formerly of Erie, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Gulf Coast Medical Center. He was born Aug. 21, 1919 in Youngstown, Ohio, son of the late Winfield and Mary Bavard Cook. Gale was raised by his beloved aunt and uncle, Harriett and Edward Finnefock, of Kane.
Rev. Cook had been a minister with The Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was raised in Kane and graduated from Kane High School in 1937. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving as pilot in WW II in the Southwest Pacific, Philippines, Korea and Japan. While in the service he married Beatrice Koebley of Warren. He graduated from Asbury College in 1950 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1953. He pastored churches in Falconer and Celeron, N.Y., Sharon and Erie. For six years prior to moving to Florida, he was Minister of Visitation at the Christ United Methodist Church in Erie. While living in Ft. Myers, Rev. Cook served as Minister of Visitation at First UMC and as Coordinator of weekly religious services at his senior apartment complex in Ft. Myers.
Gale was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice; his daughter, Mary Lynne Cook; his brother, Neil Cook and his sister, Cleo Musanti. Surviving are two daughters, Rev. Toni Cook and Cathy Cook both of Denver, Colo.; one son, James Michael Cook (Sherry) of New Brighton, Minn.; four grandchildren, Sarah Cook-Scalise, Joshua, Brittney and Jennifer Cook, his longtime friend, Selmajane Stuchel, a sister-in-law, Annejane Cook; and nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service was held at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home in Erie, Pa. on Oct. 2. Interment was at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. – Great PA chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, 16501. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com .