Grangemouth bids farewell to Lex the organiser

Lex Cook

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Two dedicated stalwarts of Grangemouth Children’s Day have died just a month apart.

Jimmy Hope (86) passed away at the end of October and Lex Cook sadly lost his fight against cancer at the age of 80 on Sunday, December 7.

Wife Violet said: “He fought it every step of the way, but I think the pain got too much in the end. He’s going to be much missed by us and also the community.”

A keen bowler and member of both Zeneca and Zetland clubs, Lex had served on the Children’s Day committee for almost half a century, organising the sports events.

Violet said: “He liked to get involved to help the children of the town.”

Born in the town’s George Street in 1934, Alexander Cook attended Sacred Heart Primary School and Falkirk’s Northern School.

A joiner at Muirhead and Sons, he also worked as a docker at Grangemouth Port.

Lex married Violet in Sacred Heart Church in 1961 and they had three children, Patricia, Pauline and Paul, and five grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Jack, Lucy and Abbie.

In his later years Lex became caretaker and steward at Grangemouth Community Education Unit.

Lex’s funeral took place at Sacred Heart Church last Friday and collections raised almost £400 each for MacMillan Cancer and his beloved Children’s Day.