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Ralph Cook Sr.

The Baltimore Sun

Ralph Cook Sr., a retired sanitation driver, died of cancer Wednesday at his Baltimore home. He was 77.

He worked for 30 years as a sanitation driver for Baltimore, retiring in 1993.

Born in Camden, S.C., he moved to Baltimore at the age of 12 and attended public schools. He held various jobs before beginning a career with the city.

He and the former Mary Catherine Davis were married for 58 years and had 10 children.

He was a member of First Brethren Baptist Church in Baltimore.

In retirement, he performed odd jobs in his neighborhood, enjoyed traveling, doing crosswords and other puzzles, and helped neighbors with transportation, lawn work and keeping the community clean. He also liked to chop wood and sit by his fireplace, as well as tend to the flower gardens around his home.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cookleys Community Baptist Church, 1208 Walnut Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Ronald Cook, Ralph Cook Jr. and Reginald Cook, all of Baltimore; six daughters, Mary Ellen Cook, Patricia Cook Jones, Chyrll Cook, Charlene Cook Baylor, Marcella Pam Cook and Melissa Cook, all of Baltimore; two brothers, George Cook of Chesapeake, Va., and Herbert Cook of Camden, S.C.; two sisters, Ethel Cook Carter of Baltimore and Marcella Cook of Charlotte, N.C.; 22 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A son, Renault Cook, died in 2001.

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