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Charles E. Cookson, retired labor relations executive, World War II vet

March 17, 1927 – Feb. 14, 2016

Charles E. Cookson, a retired labor relations executive, died Sunday in his Hamburg home after a brief illness. He was 88.

Born in Cleveland, he attended East Technical High School in Cleveland and served in the Army during World War II as a technician fourth grade. Returning from service, he earned degrees from Western Reserve University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

Mr. Cookson began working in human resources for Republic Steel Corp. in Cleveland in 1953 and was transferred to Buffalo. In 1962, he joined Donner Hanna Coke Corp., where he was superintendent of labor relations. In 1981, he became a human resources executive for Domtar Upson Co. in Lockport. He retired in 1992.

He was a member of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion; Hamburg Council 2220, Knights of Columbus; the Lockport Manufacturers Council and the Merry Makers Book Club. He served as secretary for Boy Scout Troop 400 for 16 years.

He enjoyed golf, playing cards and dancing. One of his favorite mottos was: “Ya gotta dance!”

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Shirley Cooke; a son, Charles P.; five daughters, Judith Maugans, Mary Louise Stahl, Margaret Meissner, Carol Toepfer and Maureen Trabold; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg.

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