John Matthew Cooke

John Matthew Cooke, 96, a longtime resident of Milton and a retired Operations Officer for U.S. Customs, died on December 26, 2010.

Born and raised in South Boston, Mr. Cooke spent the early years of his marriage in Dorchester then moved to Milton in 1943.

Mr. Cooke was an active parishioner at Saint Agatha’s Church where he was involved in the Holy Name Society and the Saint Vincent De Paul Society. He also bowled with his wife in Cunningham Park’s bowling league. He enjoyed golf, traveling, music and spending time with his family.

Beloved husband of the late Mary G. (Finnegan) Cooke for 57 years

Loving father of Mary A. Cooke of Dorchester, John M. Cooke, PhD and his wife Pat DuWors Cooke of Shrewsbury, formerly of Palmer, Anne M. Conlon and her husband Kevin of Norwell and the late Claire E. Dorsey. Brother of the late James, Peter and Patrick Cooke. Grandfather of Susan Burns, Laurie Woodworth, Paul and Scott Dorsey, Joe, David and John Conlon and Deb Stepanian. Also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, a son-in-law, Paul B. Dorsey of Canton and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Milton on Friday, Dec. 31 at 10:30AM. Visiting hours at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave. MILTON, Thursday, 5-8PM. Interment in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Cooke’s memory may be made to Saint Vincent De Paul Society, 18 Canton St., Stoughton, MA 02072.