May 4, 1937 – March 26, 2020
Winnie died peacefully at Eagle Ridge Hospital, Port Moody, BC, at the age of 82. Winnie was born in Calgary, AB, where she attended King Edward School, Western Canada High School, and Mount Royal College.
Winnie began her career working as a secretary at Home Oil. After raising two school-age sons, Winnie began working as a secretary for Beth Israel Synagogue. Later Winnie worked as a legal secretary for Howard Dixon Mackie & Forsyth and Code Hunter, both of Calgary.
After moving to the west coast, Winnie worked for Whitelaw Twining, Stikeman Elliot, and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, all of Vancouver. While Winnie was always very hardworking, she was also hedonistic, enjoying smoking, drinking, and gambling. Winnie especially enjoyed meeting her co-workers for a drink or two at lunch and after work.
In retirement, having given up smoking and drinking, Winnie enjoyed reading, movies, the Internet, travel, and gambling. She especially enjoyed visiting Boston, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. Winnie was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed meeting up with fellow members.
Winnie is survived by her ex-husband Roger Takaoka (Kayla) of Calgary, AB; her son Randy Takaoka of Edmonds, WA; and her son Rob Takaoka of Burnaby, BC. Winnie was predeceased by her father, William James Cook; her mother, Margaret Cook; and her sister, Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Farnish.
Winnie’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital for their care of Winnie during her recent illness.
At Winnie’s request, no service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.