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Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the age of 87. Survived by his daughter Shelley (Tom) Bertuzzi, sons Hugo (Michele) and Cleve (Leslie), 8 grandchildren Tony Bertuzzi, Elana Bertuzzi, Tara Cookson (Isaac Holeman), Shauna Cookson (Ryan Ikle), Gabby Guarino, Kayla Cookson, Charity (Mike) Franzcak and Tiffany (Ben) Todd, 4 great grandchildren Wyatt, Caitland, Cole and Vivian, sister Val Hanson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hugo was born and raised in Kelowna. He trained as a mechanic at Smith’s Garage before moving to Chapmans Transport as the Service Manager. Hugo always wanted to be his own boss and opened Cookson Motors in 1965, where his employees were like family.

He was a long-time member of the Gyro Club and the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Hugo loved to travel and family get-togethers were always a highlight. He was a very loyal, loving hard-working man who will be greatly missed.

Hugo has now joined his loving wife Pat who predeceased him on May 6, 2010.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.bc.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for COOKSON, Hugo is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Wendy Schwarz says:

    To: Shelley and family, sending you hugs and condolences on the passing of your father

  • Edgar and Lynn Fleury says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss,
    our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    May your memories be a comfort.

  • Darrell Koepke says:

    Two things come to mind…
    “Jesus Christ Darrell!!!” and “have we made enough money to keep the doors open for another day”
    I didn’t so much like hearing Sr’s first favourite phrase as I knew there was something in his bonnet and I was about to take a lickin for it but in MOST cases it was probably deserved lol. His second favourite phase was usually after he came back from lunch with his buddies and it was his turn to buy lol.
    He was a great man to work for (most days) and the type of guy you just never got tired of. Him and Pat did a fine job in raising their family as all the Cookson family are an outstanding bread of great people.
    He helped to tame some of my wild side (maybe not quite enough) when I was young and I have always cherished his guidance.
    Sr was like a second father to me…
    My condolences go out to all his family.

    Darrell Koepke
    May he rest in peace.

  • Edgar Fleury says:

    I was very saddened to hear that Hugo had passed away. My warmest condolences to your family.


    My deepest condolences to the Cookson family
    I originally met Hugo thru my dads business at Rutland Tire
    I remember him at the golf course with a smile and great laugh
    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    Darren McClelland

  • Lloyd Congdon says:

    Hugo & Family Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Always enjoyed coming into Cookson’s and chatting with your dad. We will miss him dearly Lloyd & Patti Congdon

  • Valerie Coe says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the Cookson family and all others who enjoyed how Hugo touched their lives. I met Sr. through my parents and my fathers business Glenncoe Transport. My father Glenn worked with Hugo years before that at Chapman Transport. They remained friends for many years. Mr. Cookson was a lovely man and I feel blessed to have known him. I was saddened to hear of his passing but know my Dad will be happy to see him, have a coffee and catch up. Rest is peace, you were a lovely human being.

  • Domenic and Lina Rampone says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

  • Holly says:

    Dear Shelley and family. As a caregiver for your Dad with NND, I can honestly say that I loved Mr. Cookson and caring for him. He was an amazing, kindhearted friend that we will truly miss. God bless you and your family. I’m very sorry for your loss. Love always Holly

  • Randy Muller - Navistar Canada says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Hugo Sr. for the first time a few months ago and we had a very nice chat in the parking lot of his Dealership. A very nice man. My condolences to the Cookson family.

  • Mark & Heidi Peacock says:

    Dear Cleve, Hugo, Shelley & Cookson Families. Sorry for the loss of your Dad, he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Peacock Family

  • Harry & Sandi Rusch says:

    Hugo, Michele and family: we are very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Laverne Obrien says:

    To Hugo and Cleve , so sorry for your loss prayer are with you

  • George Bradley & Carol Sprecher says:

    So sorry to hear of Hugo’s passing.Have know Hugo Sr. for years. Played many a golf game with him, so I guess he is on the big golf course in the sky now. Sadly, will not be able to attend Hugo’s service as unfortunately have a previous engagement .Our deepest condolences to the family.
    George and Carol

  • Ray McKinlay says:

    Senior was one of kind! Many condolences to the Cookson family. Ray and Linda McKinlay

  • John Barlee says:

    heartfelt sympathies to Shelley, Hugo, Cleve, Val, and family. He will be sorely missed by a great many.

  • Wayne & Donna Love says:

    It is not often that you meet a man like Hugo Cookson Sr. He cared about his customers and he took the time to sit and talk to them. He will be sadly missed , to his family we send our prayers and condolences. You will make it through this time of sorrow ” Just hold his memories close and the Love he shared closer”

  • Bill Chatten says:

    Condolences to the family ,, I was always grateful to Hugo for taking me on as a customer when I first started on my own, it helped a lot and his advice was always appreciated……………thank you Hugo….

  • Cory Just says:

    Our deepest condolences in your loss of a nice, approachable person. Ours thoughts and prays are with you.

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