Victor affectionately known as “Vic” was born March 26, 1951 in Seattle, Washington. He was the oldest child born to Ms. Betty Doris Jean Cook. Their family lived at 1131 35th Avenue for many years and were known and loved by many. Their home was known as the open residence where enjoyable meals, fun and activities were always in abundance.
Vic received his formal education through the Seattle School District. After high school, he decided to enlist in Job Corps in Portland, OR for four (4) years. During his time there, he studied culinary and graduated as a Head Chef. His family was so proud of his accomplishments and often commented about the good job he did. He used his family as eager testers of his many meal creations and all of them were successful. His passion for food was complemented by working at his Grandparents café which was called “The Silver Cup”.
Vic had many hobbies and interests in addition to cooking. He had a green thumb and had the gift of making neglected plants live. He was known as the greatest babysitter for his nieces, nephews and cousins and they always wanted to stay with him. He loved all types of music and enjoyed sharing fun times with family and friends.
His first job was with Welch’s Hardware where he served as a Customer Service Representative. His knowledge as well as his strong customer service base, made him an employee who was often sought out and in very much demand. He stayed with them until the store closed in 1998.
Vic went to work at Cherry Heights Villa Care and stayed employed with them for sixteen (16) years. It was during this time, that he found his true life calling and passion. His love and care for others was very evident and very much appreciated. When he was offered a position of supervisor, he chose to continue in his current role because he saw the value of sharing his time and talent with others. His excitement about his work was one of the reasons his best friend Frank Fields and others were drawn to work in this same industry.
When the management of Cherry Heights Villa Care changed, Vic chose to begin doing in-home caregiving services to family and friends. This continued until he was physically unable to perform these functions.
In his later years, during his stay at Washington Care Center Vic was recognized as a compassionate resident who was always willing to lend a hand to others. The staff would often comment about his fashion sense, his contagious smile and his quick wit which made him a resident worth remembering. He would freely offer his advice, support and assistance whenever needed, and it was welcomed by the staff because they knew he was genuine.
Vic stayed with his sister Zelda and her late husband Asst. Pastor Edgar L. Gray and family for five (5) years. During that time, he accepted the Lord as his personal savior and united with Madison Temple Church of God In Christ under the leadership of the late Supt. Edgar Gray, Jr. He was faithful and committed to his relationship with God.
He was preceded in death by his Mother Ms. Betty Doris Jean Cook, his sister Roseanne Cook, his brother Calvin Cook and one niece Nina Jean Marie Cook.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories and to celebrate his life his brothers: Edward Cook, Michael Cook, his sisters Deborah Cook (Karl), Zelda Gray, Sharon Presley-Bruce (Jimmy), Linda Tinner-Jones (George), Best friend - Frank Fields, two Aunts Florene Redd and Pauline Vannison. A host of nieces, nephews, cousin’s and many many friends.
I Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
Vic fought a good fight, he finished his course and he kept the faith. Now there is in store for him the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to him on that day – and not only to him, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
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