Craig Kenneth Cook
13.1.1947 – 7.9.2020
Originally from Brisbane, Craig’s family moved to Mooroopna where Craig spent his formative years. It was there that his passion for sport, in particular cricket, grew. He moved to Melbourne to study at Melbourne University and after graduating began a teaching career, teaching in Victoria and New Guinea. During this time he met his wife Ann and they began a long and fruitful marriage. After a relatively short teaching career Craig moved to the Trade Union sector where he became a prominent Political Advisor. He worked for several State Governments and his final appointment saw him become Chief of Staff to the Treasurers Department.
All along Craig’s passion for cricket didn’t wane. In fact it grew stronger. An accomplished leg spinner, he played Sub District 1st XI with Dandenong before they joined District cricket. He spent many enjoyable years playing for Royal Park Brunswick in the then VTCA. He later resurrected his career and played over 60’s competitive cricket and for the last few seasons played in an over 70’s competition.
Craig came to Carlton Cricket Club under the “son-father” rule in 1988-89. His eldest son Calum played Dowling Shield that season. Calum made his 1st XI debut in the 1992-93 season. Craig was elected to the committee in 1992. He later became Vice President, was Chairman of the Match Committee for many seasons, and was awarded Life Membership in 2007. He was also President of Edinburgh Cricket Club during some of this time. His love for developing junior cricketers (especially leg spinners) remained, and even last season he could often be seen coaching young players in the nets at the Brunswick Street Oval.
Good food and good wine were also Craig’s passion. His regular Friday lunches with the Mooroopna boys at the Railway were legendary. His Friday afternoon drinks with his mates were occasions of good wine, robust conversation and animated discussion on the best make up of the Australian Test team. Craig, of course, always wanted two leg spinners, at least.
But his greatest passion was his family. Weekends at the farm. The market on Saturday morning to buy the freshest for family meals. He is survived by his wife Ann, sons Calum, Lachlan and Stuart, 3 daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.