Tara Cook Obituary, Death Cause – After a prolonged and courageous struggle against cancer, Tara Cook passed away on May 8, 2023, while surrounded by her loved ones. Her death came after she had been ill for quite some time. Her husband Matthew, her children Benjamin (20) and Caroline (17), her dog Percy (2), her parents Maureen and Brian Beckley, her aunt Susan Beckley, her sister Lisa Young (Chris, Tai, and Taylor), her in-laws Janet and Philip Cook, her sister-in-law Sarah Enright (John, Martin, and Simon), her cousin Paul Morton (Lori, Andrew, and Sarah), and her best friend Christina Wilson will miss Tara for the rest of their lives.
All of Tara’s life events, from her birth in 1973 to her marriage in 1997, took place in the Scarborough neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. 1997 was the year that she first started working for the Toronto District School Board as a high school teacher. In 2003, she relocated to Markham, Ontario with her husband, but she maintained her teaching position in Scarborough. Tara will be remembered fondly by her students and colleagues at David and Mary Thompson C.I., where she worked 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 members of the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club, where she was an active curling member.
Tara will also be remembered fondly by her family and friends. First and foremost, Tara was a devoted mother who had a profound affection for her children. Because of her generosity, warm heart, and upbeat attitude, Tara was able to form meaningful connections with a large number of individuals on a level that was independent of the part she played in their life. Donations sent in memory of Tara Cook to the Tara Cook Scholarship Fund, which is sponsored by David and Mary Thompson C.I., would be a fitting and appreciated substitute for flowers at the funeral home. Donations to the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would also be very much appreciated as an alternative.