Bill Cook - It is with Great Sadness that I must inform you that Bill Cook passed away on Tuesday 16th October 2012.
A minutes silence was held at the club shoot on Wednesday 17th October, in his memory.
Bill Cook will be missed by everyone in the club; he always had time for everyone connected with club either a fellow archer or anyone who was interested in the sport.
Our thoughts are with Janet and the rest of the family at this time.
Alan Goodsman - Club Secretary.
William James Cook (Bill)
28th November 1928 – 16th October 2012
Bill took up Archery in 1974 when he joined Hutton Bowman and became a proficient Archer, and when Hutton Bowmen disbanded in 1982, Bill together with a contingent of former Hutton members joined Holdens Archers.
He quickly established himself as a loyal and committed member, and qualified as a Level One coach and was able to coach and encourage newcomers to the sport.
Bill became our Field Captain for many years and remained so until he was no longer able to shoot. His responsibilities were carried out with good humour and leadership be it for our League commitments Indoor and Outdoors, and all our domestic trophy and handicap shoots.
Bill excelled himself at many “Come and Try Days”, particularly with children helping and encouraging them to shoot safely and correctly. Very often on “his knees” assisting the smallest of children.
For 31 years Holdens Archers have once a year hosted a Charity Shoot in aid of “Leukaemia Research” in memory of two founder members Alan and Kitty Hatfield. There by raising £3000 for the fund, Bill officiated in most of these, gaining the respect of the entrants from various clubs in Essex.
Bill together with his wife Janet always ready to take part in our many social events over the years be it “Race Nights”, “Barn Dances” or “Quiz Nights” at which he excelled and was a good man to have in your team, being a very knowledgeable contestant. He also devised our “Novelty Mince Pie Shoot” at Christmas for many years; we will all miss this Happy occasion.
Bill’s other interest was Photography and together with Janet, were members of “Mill Camera Club” ,in which he also served as Chairman winning commendations and Trophies for his Photographs.
Bill Cook lost his 9-year battle with cancer on 16th October 2012, after undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemo. Always optimistic and uncomplaining, he was proud of his home and garden.
A Devoted family man married to Janet for 55 years, he leaves two daughters, Jenny and Margaret, and five Grandchildren, Lewis, Jake, Elliot, Trudie and Jack.
Bill Cook will be sadly missed by all who knew him, A Real Gentleman and A Loveable Man
Louis Gladwell (Club President Holdens Archers).