Cook, Rev. George Sturley


Rev. George Sturley Cook died May 6, 2014, about a month after suffering a massive heart attack.

Born June 23, 1918 in Munhall, PA, and known as Sturley to his family and hometown friends, he was a member of Homestead Park UMC, where he received his call into the ministry.  He began his pastoral ministry at W. Homestead UMC in 1968, serving part-time while he continued working as a supervisor at Westinghouse, East Pittsburgh, where he worked for 28 years.  He entered full-time ministry in 1970, serving the Sinnamahoning Charge, Scenery Hill/Davidson Charge, and Brockway Moorhead UMC.  In retirement he served a number of churches on an interim basis.

George was an Army veteran of WW 2 and was active in Boy Scouts for over 85 years, earning the rank of Eagle Scout and receiving the Silver Beaver Award.  He was 32 Degree Mason in the Homestead, PA Scottish Right and a Past Master.

Predeceased by his parents and his wife of 68 years, Virginia M. Cupples Cook (July 29, 1919 – September 19, 2007), he s survived by two sons: James and his wife Karen and their daughters, Beth Cook and her husband Seth DePasqual of Hancock, MI and Amy and her husband Scott Backstrom and their two children, Fischer and Winter; and Dr. Jay Cook and his wife Mary Beth, their son Joshua, his daughter Emily and their daughter Miriam.  

The family is thankful for the care given by Masonicare in Wallingford, CT and for the many prayers as he lingered on after a massive heart attack. 

The family will greet visitors at 10 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on June 21 at the Brockway United Methodist Church, Brockway PA. 

Memorial donations may be given in Rev. George Cook’s name to Morehead UMC, PO Box 233, Brockway, PA 15824 or to the Local Boy Scout Council. Funeral arrangements are by Carlson Funeral Home of New Britain, CT and Carlson Funeral Home of Brockway, PA.