Joseph E. Cooke, a longtime educator in Springville, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital. He was 86.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cooke served in the Navy during World War II as a fire-control officer. He attended Buffalo State College from 1946 to 1949, earning an undergraduate degree in education, and earned a master's degree from Ohio State University in 1950.
He taught in the Buffalo Public Schools from 1950 to 1955 before moving to Springville, where he served as assistant principal, then principal, of Springville Elementary School until he retired in 1976.
In his retirement, Mr. Cooke enjoyed sailing.
An avid reader, he was active in Springville's Concord Public Library, serving on the board for fundraising and construction of the new library.
He also was also on the board of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and was a supporter of several other Springville organizations and community efforts.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, the former Elizabeth J. Pempsell; three sons,
David, Joel and Todd; two daughters, Beth Weber and Susan Cooke; and a sister, Yvonne Glen.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville.