Darren Robert Cooke

21/04/1968 - 02/11/2020

Obituary For Darren Robert Cooke

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Darren Robert Cooke announce his sudden passing on November 2nd, 2020 at his residence.

Darren was born on April 21st, 1968, and raised in Grande Prairie, AB where he attended various schools in the community. Darren was a hardworking man with many skills that lead him in many directions of work and hobbies. He began working at a young age as a farm hand for his dad and spent many years of his young adulthood working for companies such as Case Tractor, Nelson Lumber, Armtec, Topco and RDI. If you needed any work done, 9 times out of 10 Darren could and would get it done. He had a knack for problem solving and would create stunning works of art. His latest puttering skills lead him to create a beautiful backdrop in the back yard and a stylish rail in the front yard. However, the gate in the driveway to protect his family was a masterpiece and showed his drive and work ethic that he was known for. Another passion of his was quadding with his best friends Dave and Darren Berg, Neil Morrison, Brent Ask and anyone else who dared to join, which showed his talent of getting stuck in the deepest mud holes and coming out as dirty and grimy as he possibly could. He never feared a mud hole or steep hill.

He took pride in his family, especially his kids. He loved playing video games with his son Brailon and would support him in every endeavor he tackled; he was so proud of him for returning to school. He loved bringing him along to hang out with his best friends and blossomed Brailon’s love for rock music. Mackenzie truly was daddy’s girl; he loved to take her quadding and would always make sure she felt safe and protected. He taught her how to drive and always made sure she had a truck to get around. He was so proud of her for graduating and entering the working world, where she showed a work ethic that was on par with his own. He was so proud of Kirk for getting his dream job this year, and even built him a desk to do his nail art and makeup on. He was always building things for Kirk’s room to make sure he felt comfortable. He truly loved him unconditionally and was proud of who he was and who he became. He loved his hockey hero Julius and enjoyed watching his practices and games. He bought a pair of skates to help Julius practice in the icy driveway, always giving him tips and pointers. Julius looked up to his dad so much and became an oilers fan just like him. He truly understood Julius and the two of them would work outside together in their matching coveralls. Not only was he proud of his own children, but he was also proud of the partners they chose; he knew his girl Mackenzie would be cared for and loved by her boyfriend Gavin. He appreciated how much he could see the love that he himself had for Mackenzie in Gavin. Even though he didn’t get to see Mando often, he could tell that Brailon was truly loved by the way Brailon spoke of them and how they would go above and beyond to make sure he is happy.

Darren is survived by his beloved wife Omarla (English), his three sons: Brailon English (Mando), Kirk, and Julius Cooke (AKA Joebug07), and daddy’s girl Mackenzie (aka. Kenny) (Gavin) and not to forget his fur babies Maximus and Evander and grand cat Si’kanaapi. He is also survived by beloved mother-in-law, Loretta Parenteau-English, father-in-law Wayne Glaab, his brothers-in-law Ben (Bambi) Smith, Jermiah (Shanna) English, Aaron English, Joel (Randi-Lee) English-Dubois, grandmother-in-law Louise English, father Robert Cooke, sister Lori (Mike) Wright, loving aunt and uncle Colleen and Doug Cooke, cousins Corey Cooke, Loanne (Shea) Walker & family, Sherri Kyle, nephews and nieces Carson, Harley, and Kenni Smith, Aliya, Brett, JJ, Cooper, Jimi, and Kaecea English, Brennan, Modeste, Isaiah, and Zachara English, Sophie, Myles, and Beau English-Dubois. His life long friends who became family, Dave Berg (Teresa), Darren (Janet) Berg, and Neil Morrison.

Darren is predeceased by his mother Linda (Rule) Cooke, grandparents Lloyd and Nellie Cooke (Gram & Gramp), grandfather-in-laws Omer and Julius English, father-in-law Stanley Parenteau, cousin Leah Cooke, sister-in-law Delaine Lambert-English, and best friend’s mom Mary Berg.

Darren’s celebration of Life will take place on November 10th, 2020 at 1:00pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home in Grande Prairie, AB. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are limited in capacity; the service will be livestreamed to ensure everyone who wishes to can attend via livestream.

Memorial donations can be made directly to the family to cover funeral costs at

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

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Funeral directors are in charge of all the logistics following a death. They complete all the necessary paperwork, make arrangements for the transportation of the body, and put into action the choices made by the family in regards to the funeral service and the final resting place of the body. Beyond the logistics, funeral directors are there to provide moral support and guidance for someone coping with death.

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We are here to help, we can arrange to have your loved one transported home from anywhere in the world. We will assume responsibility and make the proper arrangements to have them returned to the community. We use the same organization that brings our military home when needed.

What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

Funeral homes and funeral professionals in Alberta are licensed by the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. If you are unhappy with the way a funeral was handled or the actions of a funeral home in Alberta, you may speak with or proceed with a complaint process to seek resolution of the matter. More information is found at  or by phone at (780) 452-6130 

How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

Do we need to have an obituary notice and what is included in one?

It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

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Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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