Bruce Thomas Cook

March 11, 1941 - April 15, 2019

          Bruce Thomas Cook, age 78, of Elkton, MD, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019.

          Born in Bryson City, NC, on March 11, 1941, he was a son of the late Pink J. Cook, Sr. and Minnie B. (Sutton) Alderman.  Bruce worked as a talented construction superintendent with Nowland Associates in Newark and retired after a long career.  He was a master carpenter and specialized in building ornate stair cases.

          Bruce always had a smile on his face while telling stories and making others laugh with his jokes.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  Bruce as an avid sports fan and loved watching horse races.  Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, great grandfather and uncle.

          In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his siblings, Raymond Cook, Pink Cook, Jr., Louise Davis and Ruthann Barnes; and grandson, W. Patrick Ledwith IV.  He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beatrice J. (Tweed) Cook; children, Paula M. Ledwith (William), Melanie A. Wimbley, Daniel C. Slagle (R.J.) and Deborah J. Day (Douglas); siblings, Agnes Davis (Ralph), Thelma Woodard, Evelyn McGough (Thomas) and Barbara Laswell (Roy); grandchildren, Ashley Borawski (Ryan), Chad Day and Lindsay Slagle; great grandson, Mason Johnston; and many nieces and nephews.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 pm until 1 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 1 pm.  Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, in honor of Bruce’s late grandson, Patrick.


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  • Rest In Peace my friend. Knowing and being around you was always a pleasure. Thanks for taking care of my sis and the lovely kids. You are and always will be missed. God bless you and yours.

  • Oh daddy, I’m going to miss you more than you can ever imagine. I will remember everything you’ve taught me over the years and have so many special memories with you to cherish and hold on to. I will always smile remembering your oh so corny jokes. You would laugh so hard before you could even get to the punch line of the joke. Your belly would just bounce up and down but you wouldn’t utter a sound – that’s how I knew you were just totally “tickled” about the joke 😉 I remember going to work with you as a little girl, it was so cool and probably why, to this day, I can put together a mean bookshelf all by myself! I know you loved me with all of your heart and I love you right back. I was a ‘daddy’s girl’ from day 1 and will always be “daddy’s little girl” forever and ever.
    I love you Daddy & I’m gonna miss you so much xoxoxo

  • My deepest sympathies for the grieving loved ones. May his memory and love for family & friends shine through during this difficult time.

  • Paula & Mel, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad, he was a kind and gentle soul who I was glad to know. What a sweet Daddy you had. He beamed with pride every time I saw him around you. I am truly sorry. Rest in Peace Bruce.

  • Daddy, you were the first man in my life – my role model for what a good man should be. A good man is loving, loyal, hardworking, and puts family first. I have been so blessed; first to have you as my dad, and then to find Bill. He’s another good man like you. Then our dear Patrick was born, and he was the biggest blessing of all – sensitive, sweet and kind, with a pure spirit and high ideals. He had so many of your strengths, Dad, and he held my heart from day one. And then he left us, and my heart broke. And now you’ve followed him. Take care of my boy, Daddy. It gives me some comfort that you have each other now, and I know I will see you both again someday. Until then, I hold you both close in my heart. I will love you and miss you until we’re together again.

  • My deepest condolences and love.

  • To Bruce’s family
    So sorry to hear about Bruce. I remember the family living next to us on Shady Beach Road. Sending prayers to you all.

  • I love you poppop, I know you’ll be with us until we meet again

  • What a great, kind, and gentleman who always wore a smile. Prays of strength to Momma B and the rest of the family.
    May God’s blessing be with all of you during this difficult time.