Henry Clay Cook Jr. passed away suddenly on July 14, while in Canada on vacation. He was 81 years old.

Henry was born in San Diego on March 8, 1938 (barely 2+ lbs) to Henry and Leona Cook. He attended Helix High in La Mesa, participating in both band and choir. After high school, Henry joined a Baptist youth group doing evangelistic work in the United States and Canada. It was during this time (1958) that he met his future bride, Ramona Stewart. They married one year later in Greeley, Colorado.

Henry joined the Navy in 1962 and did a six-month cruise on the USS Los Angeles. After he completed a teaching certification, the couple moved to Soulsbyville in 1973 and built the home where they continued to live. Henry was active in his community and attended several local churches over the years.

Henry is survived by his beloved spouse of nearly 60 years, Ramona Cook; along with his brother, Edward Cook (Kathy) of San Diego. Also included are three stepsisters, Cheryl, Crystal and Candy and stepbrother Richard.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Twain Harte Bible Church.