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George Rodney Cook
George Rodney Cook, 83, of Easton passed away May 19th at St. Luke’s Hospital, Easton. He was born on Dec. 29, 1938 in St. Luke’s Hospital on Ostrum St. in Bethlehem, Pa. He was the son of George Hipple Cook of Emmitsburg, Maryland and Ruth Woodward Snyder of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania public schools right through his graduation in Abington High School in Abington, Pa. He furthered his education at Keystone College, Trenton State College, Duke University, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University and Moravian College from which he graduated.
He taught special education in language arts on the elementary school level. After retiring from forty years in education, he worked at Kirkland Village in the dining services. Of his many summer jobs the most memorable was a tour of opera festivals which included the Arena in Avona, the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival.
His everlasting concern was his family. He is survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Megan and Marcella; two grandsons Ramy and Adam, and a brother William from Indianapolis, Indiana. His interests outside of his family were the Orthodox Church, politics, reading and the opera. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Services: viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1607 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment following at Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem. Arrangements by Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home, Allentown. You can watch the funeral live at: www.stnicholas.org/cook.
Monetary contributions can be made to George's wife Barbara H. Cook.