Patrick Joseph Cooke

Patrick Joseph Cooke, 86, died in his home in Shawnee, Kan., on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. He was born in Blackrock, County Cork, Ireland, and raised in the village of Rye Hill near Tuam in County Galway by siblings Jimmy and Maggie Slattery. He attended Lavally National School in Tuam, followed by John McHale Technical School in Tuam. In 1955, he boarded a ship and immigrated to America under the sponsorship of Mae Slattery Ryan and began living in Kansas City, Mo. Almost immediately, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served 16 months in post-WWII Germany, where he worked in ordinance and learned how to cuss in German. After active duty, he served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Over the years, he worked for Manor Bakery in Westport, as a delivery driver for Budweiser and Hamm’s, as a Fuller Brush Man, and for Eastern Distributing Co. He spent six years as a stay-at-home dad, thus ensuring his youngest daughter had him wrapped around her finger. Pat then worked as a maintenance man at St. Joseph Grade School in Shawnee, Kan., then in a similar position at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., for 12 years. Thanks to his work at Aquinas, for years both during and after his tenure there, Aquinas alumni working as waiters and bartenders all over Kansas City would happily greet Mr. Cooke when they saw him. He really wished he could remember all those friendly Saints.

In retirement, Pat enjoyed having his grandchildren around him, almost as much as he enjoyed inventing excuses to visit his oldest daughter in Waldo so he could pop in at Governor Stumpy’s and charm the waitresses. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fr. Bernard Donnelly Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, where he was always quick to educate the members about the Easter Uprising of 1916, whether they wanted to be educated or not.

Pat is survived by Anna Agnew Cooke, his wife of 44 years; three children, Colleen Cooke of Kansas City, Mo., Sean (Jennifer) Cooke of Olathe, Kan., and Kathleen (Jim) Znidarsic of Shawnee, Kan.; and five grandchildren, Ryan, 14, Addison, 10, Caitlin, 10, Molly, 6, and Ava, 6.





Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Amos Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, temporarily located at the old St. Joseph High School Gym, 11525 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.





Memorial contributions in Patrick’s name may be made to:

Journey of Grace 150 Campaign

5901 Flint Street, Shawnee, Kansas 66203.  

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Tuesday, Jan. 16th 2018 | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Patrick Joseph Cooke”

  1. Steve & Judy Clements Says:

    What was that ad jingle, “Nobody didn’t love ….”

    Well, Nobody didn’t love Pat. We all did and will remember him with a smile.

  2. John & Trudy Rosner Says:

    Dear Cooke Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Pat was a good friend.
    John & Trudy Rosner

  3. Jim & Patty Ornce Says:

    From the first time I met Pat & liked him. He always looked at the world in a positive light & had a kind word for all he knew. Pat was very proud of his heritage too, never losing his brogue. It was always very apparent that Pat loved his family & always filled in the info on what everyone was doing & how they were. Pat was a bright light in a dim world, happy, smiling, kind & loving. He will truly be missed b many. R I P my friend.

  4. Glenn & Chris Brown Says:

    He was a grand man altogether and he’ll be missed. May God grant him a generous share of eternity — and may he hold a bit of it for us.
    We are keeping all of you in our prayers.

  5. Aggie and Alan Willoughby Says:

    Anna and family. Alan and I are sorry to hear this sad news. Pat was such a joy to be around. Prayers and thoughts to all of you.

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