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Tara Cook Obituary Update

Tara Cook

Tara Lynne Cook
November 14, 1973 – May 8, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tara Cook on May 8, 2023, surrounded by her family, following a multi-year battle with cancer. Tara will be forever missed by her husband Matthew, children Benjamin (20) and Caroline (17), dog Percy (2), parents Maureen and Brian Beckley, aunt Susan Beckley, sister Lisa Young (Chris, Tai, Taylor), parents-in-law Janet and Philip Cook, sister-in-law Sarah Enright (John, Martin, Simon), cousin Paul Morton (Lori, Andrew, Sarah), and best friend Christina Wilson.

Tara was born (in 1973), raised, and married (in 1997), all in Scarborough (Toronto) Ontario. In 1997 she began working as a high school teacher for the Toronto District School Board. In 2003 she moved with her husband to Markham, Ontario but continued to teach in Scarborough.

Tara will be fondly remembered by her David and Mary Thompson C.I. students and colleagues, where she served as an inspirational teacher and coach for many years; by members of Markham Softball, Ringette, and Baseball organizations, where she served in many roles as a league organizer, coach, and avid fan; and by the members of the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club, where she was an active curling member. 

Above all, Tara was a devoted mother who loved her children deeply.

Tara’s kindness, warm heart, and positivity allowed her to meaningfully connect with so many people on a level that transcended the role she played in their lives.

In lieu of flowers, in-memoriam contributions to the Tara Cook Scholarship Fund, sponsored by David and Mary Thompson C.I. would be an appreciated tribute. Alternatively, donations to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society would also be appreciated.

Celebration of Life Details: Saturday May 20, 2023
David and Mary Thompson C.I.
125 Brockley Drive, Scarborough, M1P 0E1
10:00 - 11:30 for Thompson students and alumni (remarks at 10:45)
12:30 - 3:00 for friends and family (remarks at 1:45)
Thompson colleagues are welcome to attend either (or both) times.

Club Information

Tam Heather, or the “Tam” as we call it, is an active friendly club located in the Morningside and 401 community of Scarborough. Tam Heather opened in 1973 as a curling club with eight sheets of ice, then two years later in 1975, the club expanded by adding five tennis courts, three of which were covered in the winter with a bubble. Thirty four years later, in 2009, a four court year-round covered structure was built.

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