Tributes paid to popular former Bangor-on-Dee landlady

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a much loved former hotel landlady.

Dorothy Cooke, better known as ‘Dorrie’, died aged 83 from a brain tumour on November 24.

Dorrie was landlady of the Buck House Hotel in Bangor-on-Dee from 1978 until 1986 where she ran it along with her late husband Albert Cooke, who died in 1995.

Mrs Cook’s daughter, Charlotte Thomas, 46, said: “Mum was so energetic and full of life.

“She was a very hardworking woman who would finish everything she started.

“She set up the Buck with my father from scratch and revamped it in 1978 after it had been left empty for many years.

“Mum would take great delight on Bangor-on-Dee race days because she knew it would be busy.”

Dorrie was a member of the Bangor-on-Dee Women’s Institute and was well known in the community.

She said: “Mum was a vibrant member of the community and a great member of the WI.

“She was also involved in the Buck’s Sunday football team, darts team and dominos team.”

In later life she moved to Whitchurch where she would still help out other older people.

Dorrie leaves behind her children Richard, John, Katherine and Charlotte, seven grand children and two great grand children.

A funeral service will be held at St Chad’s Church in Hamner on Friday at 2pm.

Flowers or donations to Macmillan Cancer nurses are desired.

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