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Thomas Lane Cooke

November 14, 1950 – December 3, 2013

Thomas Lane Cooke, age 63, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Born in Harrington, Delaware, on November 14, 1950, Tom was a son of the late Samuel and Marguerite Cooke. Tom was known for his infectious smile and great sense of humor. He touched the lives of many. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father, stepfather, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend, and will be dearly missed.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Lisa C. Cooke; son, Dustin Lane Cooke; stepdaughters, Rebecca Gupta and Carly Becker and their families; stepsons, Daniel Becker (Regina) and Zachary Rossi; brothers, Robert Schlobohm (Teri) and family and Gary T. Cooke (Carol); niece, Caitlyn; nephew, Greg; and many special aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held 11 am on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Autism Society, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD.

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  1. John Terranova, December 8, 2013

    I met Tommy when we were both very yound and we played sports together for many years. He was a gifted athlete and I was proud to be on his team. He always was ready to play, hunt, or fish. He introduced me to carp fishing under the Stanton Bridge and at Sam’s Greens on the Delaware River. He introduced me to other things however I cannot write them here. I will miss him and I will never forget the good times we had together and with our group of close friends.

    Tommy, I hope you finally catch that big small mouth bass you always spoke of.

    • Bob McCulloch, December 13, 2013

      Hey Brother…hope all is well. Sad news about Tommy, 62 is way too young. We should try to get some of us together for a drink. I know the holidays are busy for everyone, but maybe after the holidays. Take care.

  2. RichardLee, December 8, 2013

    Tommy and I have been friends for 50 years. He was like a brother to me. We’ve been through a lot together. So many stories, I could write a book. He had a nickname for everyone he met! (Captain Dick, Smiley, Adamski, Lolita and Spatula, my other nickname!)

    In addition to his athletic ability that John mentioned, he was also good at knowing sports. Especially football. We talked about football every week. It will always remind me of him. So will crabbing, fishing and Delaware Park. I know he’s in a better place but I also hope he’s raising hell again with Bobby, Harry and Donnie. You’ll hear them, just listen for the thunder.

  3. Bil ( Bulldog ) Joseph, December 9, 2013

    My heart hurts for ALL the Cook Family, Tom was always fun & pleasant to be around , He was just somebody that always had time to talk & listen , made work fun & always had a funny comeback or comment … You will be MISSED , & It was MY HONOR to have known you ..
    R.I.P. Cookie

  4. Patty Zulkowski, December 9, 2013

    Dear Lisa, Dustin, Gary and Family, I was so saddened to hear about the loss of my dear cousin Tommy. I will always remember his big smile and caring attitude. He loved getting friends and family together for his famous crab and pool parties. He never missed any kind of family get together. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Love, Patty Zulkowski

  5. Jay Mikesell, December 10, 2013

    I do not know where to start. Tom started 2 months after me at Nucar back in 1987. From day one we knew there was something special between us that would last a lifetime. By the time I got married in 1991 he was one of the first people we decided to have in our wedding party and he was so proud that I asked him to be there for us. Our family was his family. We had such great times golfing in Myrtle Beach, fishing, crabbing and hitting the beach for a few days. Tom loved entertaining family and friends at his pool with the grill always full with burgers and dogs. There was always a horseshoe tournament going on during that time and it usually went well into the night. Tom always had a reserved seat at Shuckers and would never have to wait for a refill on his “frostie”. Many fun filled times there on our way home from work for many years. The last couple of years were tough for Tom but he always maintained his positive attitude and love for life meeting it with a big smile. You made a whole lot of friends in 63 years. Hopefully you are in a better place now. I LOST MY BUDDY!!! p

  6. Gary Cooke, December 10, 2013

    Tom was special to all of us, especially to my family and me. Few relationships are as complex and rewarding as the one we shared with my brother. He will forever be entwined with us joined by a history that no one else could possibly understand: of holidays, birthdays, ball games, fishing and crabbing trips, jokes and stories that only we seemed to get or understood. Of the unspoken promise to always stand beside each other, no matter what life would bring us. For the memories we have shared; for all the times when he was there for us with advice, to tell me I was a knucklehead, express concern or just to listen; for all the wishes he held in his heart for our happiness and dreams to come true. To often, brother, these beautiful things in life are taken for granted and we realize that you are one of the most beautiful aspects of ours.

    That is why it is so important for us to tell you how special you have always been to us. We love you and will miss you forever.

    • Debbie Boettcher, January 2, 2014

      Dear Gary, I am so heart broken for you and your family. Tom was always such an important person in your life-not just your brother. God bless you and your family! Love, Debbie

  7. Nino DeFlaviis, December 11, 2013

    Tom was 1 of the best.I cannot add to what John & Rick said-it is all true.Tom was everybody’s friend.Tom was my 1st true friend I met at McKean, and the group we had ,well they could write a book.Tom I think about you often,be in peace.I will miss you.

  8. loretta clark, December 11, 2013

    Tom you will be missed by many. This is a sad day, my whole family loved Tom very much. I knew Tom when he started work at prices Corner Liquor store, what a wonderful friend. My Dad , daughters, and myself brought many a car from Tom. I remember when he got sick. It is heartbreak for this world and family to lose such a wonderful person. Everyone that purchased a car from Tom aways got a Birthday card from him. I purchased all my cars from him until he left Nucar. God Bless your family and God be with you. Now dont party to much in Heaven. Good bye my friend.
    we will all miss you

  9. George Holland, December 11, 2013

    All the memories of the great times we had could never be replaced. I lived with Tom at several places when we were younger, and counted him as a great friend. We attended many Phillies games and sporting events and did many things together. Rest in peace my good friend. You will be sadly missed.

  10. Chuck Highfield, December 11, 2013

    Tommy and I played with and against each other in baseball growing up. We were teammates on the Pike Creek Valley American Legion State Championship team in 1968. He attended out 35-year reunion of that team, which was held at Delaware Park. Although many years had passed, he was just the same as ever — a fun-loving guy who was fun to be around. My father, who was the coach of that team, always said that Tommy was the fastest player he ever coached. He was a great guy, and I was glad we were teammates. Wonderful memories….

  11. Greg Cooke, December 11, 2013

    Tom you always knew how to throw a great party and loved just having people around. I will never forget sitting around and talking football with you. Every year I would look forward to going to a crab party or the 4th of july. My favorite was the year that the cops ended up coming after you set off all of the fireworks on the balcony. You showed us all how to live life to the fullest and that it didn’t have to be so serious all the time. Thank you for being a great uncle to me. You will forever be in my heart

  12. Bob McCulloch, December 13, 2013

    No one laughed more than Tommy, and no one made his friends laugh more than Tommy. Good friends are hard to find, let alone keep. All you guys made my life special, and Tommy loved life and lived it to the fullest. We love you Brother and we will miss you. God Bless.

  13. Michael Flocco, December 14, 2013

    Remember the great times and growing up in the same area. (Marshallton) Graduate together Class of 1969. Thomas McKean

    Also can’t forget the poker games and Blackjack

  14. Joyce McCann, December 16, 2013

    I met Tom when we worked at BCP, we dated, married bought a house had Dustin. Though we drifted apart we have a wonderful son. Dustin will forever have the memories of his dad. He loved going to DE State Fair, crabbing, and swimming in the summer time and Christmas Eve spent with his dad’s family. Dustin loved him and even though he is not capable of expressing his feelings I know he will miss him and will be forever grateful for the memories.


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