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Gareth Cook (Taff)

Gareth aged 63 years passed away on Wednesday 13th January 2021. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.


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  1. Goodbye for now Gareth – most of what I know about you is from funny stories which have been shared with warmth, by Heather. You were loved and you will be missed. The feelings you evoked when you were here are still here in memory and I hope they will bring comfort to your family and friends for the rest of their earthly lives.

    Jilly Ireland
  2. Sending our condolences to all the family, especially Heather, Nick and Gemma ❤️ Gareth was a lovely man, who will be dearly missed. Sending love and hugs to you all,
    Danielle, Chris, Zara and Noah xxxx

    Danielle Brewer
  3. So sad 💔RIP Gareth , thinking of you Heather Gemma & Nick , think of all the happy times you all had together 😘 Love & Hugs X Jean x

    Jean Paul
  4. We have very fond memories of many fun times with Gareth. Sending our condolences and much love to Heather, Nick, Gemma and all the family at such a sad time. Love from The Thomson’s

    Karen Thomson
  5. The loss of a true gentleman, the world will be a sadder place. Honoured to have known him.

    Michelle Baxter
  6. No words will ever help heal the pain that you must be feeling right now but as a loving family you will get through this, remembering the good times. We are thinking of you all, Heather, Gemma and Nick. Sending you lots of love. RIP Gareth, gone but never forgotten ❤️
    Jackie, Steve, Amanda, Jane, Steven & Andrew xxxxxx

    Jackie Hesford
  7. Dear Heather. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Love Elaine (From the choir) xxxxxx

    Elaine Plank
  8. Gareth was such a lovely man inside and out. He would always cheer up the rest of the class, with his weird and wonderful knowledge and facts. It simply won’t be the same without you. Rip Gareth, you will be missed xxx

    Libby Willis
  9. Gareth was such a lovely man, always kept a smile on everyone’s faces! So grateful to have spent time with him through uni, and very grateful through all the help he gave our course mates to keep going! Condolences to all his family x

    Sofia morgato
  10. Gareth always brought a light and funny atmosphere to criminology, telling us all his stories oh his work and life which I’ll always remember, rest in peace 💙

    Issy
  11. So sorry to hear of this sad news, sending love to you and your family.
    Jo-Ann xxx

    Jo-Ann Padley
  12. RIP Gareth and a pleasure to have known you with thoughts and condolences to Heather, your children and family. You will be missed at the next reunion and where we will raise a toast and celebrate your life 🍺🍺See you at the reorg.

    Rik Groves
  13. Heather Gemma and nick sending all our love hugs , such sad news of Gareth passing rip Gareth love janine John and family

    Janine thomas
  14. Gareth was the loveliest, funniest man, and everyone in our criminology course adored him. He would always make us laugh, due to his interesting stories, or debating against the lecturers. The course definitely won’t be the same without him. He will be greatly missed by many xx

    Emily Fletcher
  15. Gareth, you will be missed. You were the life of our class. Even though you were with us for just 1 year, you left an impact which will be felt for years to comes.
    Fly high king x

    Will Hammond
  16. My condolences and love go to Heather, Gemma, Nick and their families. I’ll miss Gareth – we got on very well and I enjoyed his company. He will be very much missed by everyone who knew him – he was taken too soon.

    Jacqui Dexter
  17. Gareth may you rest in peace , thinking off heather Gemma and nick at this sad time , all our love the Weakley family (Wales). Xxx

    Julie Weakley
  18. Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep
    I am a thousands words that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the mornings hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight,
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there, I didn’t die

    by Mary Elizabeth Frye

    Andy Byers
  19. Gareth was such an intelligent and interesting man who always made our uni class smile with his stories and when he started debates about absolutely anything! He was one of the most genuinely lovely and kind people I have met and he will always be remembered in that way. Rest in Peace Gareth and condolences to all of the family🤍

    Maya Varela
  20. Dear Heather, Nick and Gemma, I am so very sorry for your loss, words always seem so inadequate at times like these, but please accept sincere condolences. Reading through the messages already posted, it is obvious that Gareth was greatly loved and admired by many people. Although my service time with Gareth was limited, we furthered our acquaintance at reunions and of course through the wonders of social media messaging! I will miss you Gareth, but I look forward to meeting you again when my time comes and I join you at the reunion bar “upstairs” – where I believe it’s your round! Rest In Peace brother. Ubique
    Andy

    Andy Tattersall
  21. Taffy boyo, great to have known you and spent time soldiering with you. Great guy, RIP and condolences to all the family. Andy (spike) Sykes

    Andy Sykes
  22. Heather, I am so truely sorry for your loss. I remember you always talking about ‘your Gareth’. Sending you condonlences, best wishes and lots of love.

    Cheryl Cole
  23. Myself and Dave have very fond memories of Gareth and the rest of the Cook/Millar family drinking lots of wine and laughing lots too at many a gathering.
    Here’s hoping we can have another drink together to celebrate Gareth’s very full and very extraordinary life that he had. Take care and god bless xx

    Sarah Dallard
  24. There is nothing I can say or do to make your pain any easier , Gareth was loving and funny, I remember him laughing as we were debating about Sauvignon Blanc and only New Zealand would do
    Thinking of you,Gemma and Nick, RIP 💙

    Diane Boden
  25. So sorry for your loss Heather, our prayers and thoughts of comfort for you, Gemma and Nick.

    Mayte Miguel
  26. Knew you just through the Pulmonary Fibrosis support group where you certainly left your mark. You will be missed.

    Condolences to all your family and friends.

    Sorry we couldn’t meet in person.

    Howard Almond
  27. Our thoughts are with you Heather Gemma , Nick at this very sad time RIP GARETH ❤

    ANN Eddie X
  28. So sad you have left so early
    I hadn’t seen you in a while
    Safe journey to the next place
    Yr be missed
    All my love debbie from
    London

    Deborah Turner
  29. Dearest Heather,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Sending you so much love and hugs at this time .

    Much much love

    Amy Tucker xxxxx❤️
  30. Dearest Heather,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Sending you so much love and hugs at this time .

    Love

    Amy Tucker xxxxx❤️
  31. Rest in peace, Uncle Gareth. So blessed to have had you in my life. Grateful for the memories and conversations we had. Love you xx

    Alice Millar
  32. So very sorry to hear this news. I remember many happy times spent with the family back in my Barclays days. Love and condolences to all.

    Alison Yarrington
  33. I’m so so sorry thinking of you all sending love 💕 I just Gaynor xxx

    Gaynor jones
  34. RIP Oppo, a pleasure and an honour to have known you. Fought to the end with true Commando spirit – a big man with a big heart and a smile to match. See you at the final RV for a ‘dit’ and a dram.
    Most sincere condolences to Heather, Gemma, Nick and family.

    Steve Hoyland
  35. Fair Winds and Calm Seas me old mate.
    Wrap me up in me oilskin and jumper,
    No more on the docks I’ll be seen,
    Just tell me old shipmates,
    I’m takin a trip mates,
    and I’ll see you some day on Fiddlers Green.

    Rest In Peace my friend

    Roy McCubbin
  36. Very sorry to hear of Gareth’s sad passing from a childhood friend and neighbour.

    David Parfitt
  37. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.
    Unseen, unheard but always near.
    Still missed, always loved and very dear.
    Gareth was so loved and am thinking of you all at this sad time 💙…. May time, family, friends and happy memories heal you ❤ x

    Em Cook
  38. Gareth was the kindest man and will be greatly missed. He helped me whenever he could throughout first year and I don’t think I could’ve passed without his advice and huge range of knowledge. I really do feel honoured to have known him. Sincere condolences to all of his family xx

    Mia Ralph
  39. Dearest Heather, Gemma, Nick and all the family.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.
    Ann, Trevor and girls x

    Ann and Trevor Sellar
  40. Dearest Heather, Gemma, Nick and all the family.
    Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Thinking of you all at this most difficult time.
    Xx

    Ann and Trevor Sellar
  41. Sending our condolences to Heather, Gemma and Nick. Cherish your memories. Love from Beth, Gerald, Hayley and family xx

    Beth Lloyd
  42. Sending our condolences to Heather, Gemma and Nick. Cherish your memories.

    Beth, Gerald, Hayley and family
  43. So sorry for your loss Heather, Gareth will be greatly missed. I never forgot how cheeky Gareth was. Such a caring heart, he took me under his wing in Caracas offering advice, what and what not to do in a strange place. I am sure he will be cheeky up in heaven. Sending our love to the whole family. Sleep well my friend, from Nixon, Mariela, Daudi, Valentina and Leo

    Nixon Wampamba
  44. RIP Gareth see you at the final RV.
    Sincere condolences to Heather Gemma and Nick

    Graham Whitaker
  45. Dear Heather and family we are saddened to hear of the passing of Gareth. Much too young. Love to you

    Mitzi and Lawrence
  46. Such a short life Gareth (Taff) you will be sorely missed remember all the hassles we had when we were sorting out the 148 Breitling watches your IT skills got us through ! Also the coins which i shall always smile when i have mine in my hand. You will sorely be missed by all who have shared the hollow ground in 95/148 RIP mate One love Craig in California

    Craig Summers
  47. Hi Gemma and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Aus at this very sad time. No words can really express the loss you must be feeling. At least your Dad got to spend some time with his beautiful granddaughter. Hold on to that and the thought that one day you’ll see him again. All our love. Barb and Grace

    Barbara & Grace
  48. Heather i am so very sorry to hear your sad news about Gareth…sending lots of love and strength to you… Gemma and Nick xxx ❤ thinking of you

    Francine
  49. Sorry to hear the sad news Heather.
    Sending love and condolences to you and family.

    Shin
  50. I never knew your father Gemma but I did know the way that you felt about him.
    My condolences to everyone in your family and I’m sure he enjoyed Christmas,with all of you and his beautiful grandchild.
    Love from the Clark’s ❤️❤️❤️

    Peter Clark
  51. Dear Heather, I’m so sorry for your loss, sending so much love to you and thinking of you and your family at this sad time ♥️

    Frankee Nicholls
  52. Dear Heather and Family,
    It was so sad to hear about Gareth who was a great friend and will be missed by everyone. We have all shared some wonderful times together, I especially remember how full of fun he was and I know how much you will all miss him very much.
    Kind Regards

    Harry Jukes
  53. Dear Heather, Nick and Gemma, on behalf of the Royal Artillery Charities please accept our heartfelt condolences. RIP Gareth.

    Royal Artillery Association
  54. RIP Gareth, Thinking of you Heather, Gemma and Nicholas as you come to terms with your sad loss, May happy memories help you through this difficult time.
    Sending Love Sue and Tony xx

    Sue Stringer
  55. So sad that my first cousin Gareth has passed away. It’s a few years since I last saw Gareth at his father’s funeral in Mountain Ash. I have pleasant memories of him as we grew up as kids. My thoughts are with his family as they grieve for their loved one. God bless you all.

    Aileen & Huw
  56. Dear Heather.
    Please accept mine and Viv’s condolences.
    I have known Gareth many years starting from when he first came to the Bty. As you already know, he really was a special guy, and was always smiling and chatty.
    Viv and I were completely thrown when we heard the news as we were unaware of his illness.
    He will be greatly missed by everyone that came into contact with him.
    Our love to you and your family at this very sad time.
    Alan “Harry” Harris

    Alan Harris
  57. I just haven’t got the words for you all I just want to send my love and thoughts to Heather , Nick , and Gemma we had lots of lovely memories and laughs with Gareth I will never forget them xx

    Linda cox
  58. My deepest condolences to Heather and the whole extended family on the sad news of Taff’s passing. We served together as many others on here did. As Soldiers we all develop a certain sense of humour which never leaves us. As a proud Welshman Taff had a strong accent when he arrived at Poole and found one word difficult to pronounce. I was describing some of the observation equipment we used and in particular ‘Donkey Eared’ binoculars. Some time later I asked him to list some equipment and he said ‘Donkey Yeared’ Binoculars. I pointed to his ears and said ‘What are those called?’ to which he responded ‘Years’. After much berating by me for some time he was able to speak perfect English. He often told that story in the Blue Boar with a cheeky grin on his face. Goodbye old mate.

    Brum Richards
  59. Sending condolences to you all at this sad time
    Sylv & Dave

    Sylv and Dave
  60. Dear Heather
    Such a huge shock to hear of Gareths passing, Wendy and myself send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    It has been many years since we have seen each other but on the sad news my memories of time spent with Gareth and his family came back to me, they were very happy days and always enjoyed his company.

    STEPHAN COOK
  61. Words can not express the sadness we feel for you all at this time. Uncle Gareth was a lovely man, who always had a story to tell. We will remember the family parties and great times we shared. All our love to you Auntie Heather, Gemma and Nik xxxxx

    Leela, Dale & Boys
  62. Sending the biggest hugs and lots of love to you Heather, Gemma, Nick. Such a lovely man, so many stories he has told us over wine down the quay, always so many laughs. Still can’t believe you have gone Gareth, you are already and always will be missed. Love from Alice, Shaun and Oscar xxx

    Alice Gardner
  63. Thinking of you all, Gareth will be sadly missed by all the family rip! Yvonne Granville and family. Xx

    Yvonne viles
  64. Such a sad loss of a truly lovely man who helped me out considerably in my time of need many years ago. He will be missed by so many but will live on in people’s hearts and memories.
    My sincere condolences to Heather, Gemma, Nick and all the family.

    Jo Perry xxxx
  65. Such a good photo thinking of you all at this time xx

    Cheryl Barnard
  66. Gareth you are so sadly missed you will always be in our hearts and thoughts your be an angle looking down on heather and all the family rest in peace my love x

    Sandra and Trev
  67. So sorry to hear this Heather, sending our condolences to you and your family xxx

    Sean and Cath
  68. My heart goes out to you all. Being one of Gemma’s oldest friends, I have known you all for so long but one of my greatest memories of Gareth is when we all celebrated Hogmanay in Edinburgh. We all had such fun and it was lovely to see my good friend and her dad’s lovely relationship, Gareth was her hero. Please be strong all of you and remember all those lovely memories of Gareth you have in your hearts forever. Roxanne and family xxxx

    Roxanne
  69. Hi Heather.
    Such a huge shock to hear of Gareth’s passing, still cannot believe he has gone. Sonia and myself send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    It has been many years since we have seen each other, but never out of our thoughts. Brought back all the crazy things we got up as kids, he was my best mate, just like a brother and best man at my Wedding, see you again someday Gareth, Love to you Heather and your family at this very sad time.
    Dale.

    DALE MASON
  70. Oh Gareth, we still can’t believe your gone, too soon, you were a lovely man, funny, kind, full of knowledge, great sense of humour and most important a very good friend, you will be missed.
    But never forgotten.
    XxX

    Debs & Russ
  71. Dearest Daddykins,
    It has been two weeks since you passed and I am still in shock and still questioning whether it is real. I miss you every second of every day but I am part of you so I can still feel you with me.
    Thank you for the love. Thank you for the strength. Thank you for the support. You were my rock but I promise I will not crumble with you gone. I will make you proud forever and ever and promise to be there for Mum, Laya, Nick, Imelda and Isabella.
    I love you more than the stars in the sky recurring.
    Gemma xxx

    Gemma
  72. So sorry for your lost thinking of you and your family x

    Ann mckenna
  73. Heather I never met Gareth but I know you were happy together. I feel your pain, please reach out in the weeks to come if you need someone to talk to. It’s been 18months for me and there are still days when I’m sad and transported to the time I had with Chris. Life will take on a new norm. My condolences to all the family, I’m sure you will carry him in your hearts always xx

    Chris Miller
  74. Will be thinking of you all tomorrow. Sending our love. RIP Gareth
    Gordon & Agnes

    Agnes McBain
  75. ❤ RIP Gareth ❤ You were a great friend to me and so many and will be missed. Nothing was to much trouble. Thinking of you Heather, Gemma and Nick especially at this time.

    Love to you all,

    Mark & Edina

    Mark Statter

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