News

Final farewell for much-loved Mustangs player Grant Cook

Mustangs players form a guard of honour as the coffin of Grant Cook is carried out of the church.
Mustangs players form a guard of honour as the coffin of Grant Cook is carried out of the church. SCOTT POWICK

A FULL house packed the pews at Sacred Heart Church, Murwillumbah, today as those who knew and loved Grant Cook bid their final farewell to the Mustangs player.

The back-rower, well-known for his contribution to the rugby league community, was sent off in a moving ceremony in the same church where he was married to his high school sweetheart, Colleen.

The couple attended Mount Saint Patrick College next door and later their children Mia, 2, and Carter, 3, were also baptised in the historic church.

Mr Cook's father, Geoff, opened the service with "Go the Mustangs" before giving a touching eulogy on his son's fervent work ethic; passion for family and the sport of rugby league.

 

Before his sudden death on September 12, Mr Cook clocked up 23 seasons in the game, from his early career at the Mullumbimby Junior Giants to the last two years at Murwillumbah.

"Grant told me his reasons for signing up with the Mustangs; that he was getting old and he wanted to win a premiership. Well, he got his medal," Mr Cook said, showing the Mustangs' premiership medal from their win against Cudgen Hornets on Sunday.

"Grant not only reffed but he coached, he was a board member and was always someone who was involved in planning the trip away.

"Rugby league wasn't the only community that Grant was involved in, he also had about 23 seasons at the Mullum Brunswick Cricket Club; he liked to open the batting and he thought he could bowl."

Mr Cook spoke proudly of his son's achievements in owning a Tweed fruit and veg shop, receiving the school spirit award at Mount St Patrick's as he graduated, gaining a double-degree in accounting and sports management, and his love for overseas travel.

"What Grant has done is galvanised the community... the public response has been amazing and beyond belief, he would be very humbled by the accolades," Mr Cook said.

Tears fell as the delicate voice of Matthew Partridge echoed through the chapel: "Goodbye, goodbye, why is it so hard to say goodbye. He passed away doing what he loved" - the song composed for the day.

The front page of the Tweed Daily News on Saturday.
The front page of the Tweed Daily News on Saturday. Centro art

 

Colleen Cook spoke graciously of her deceased husband, saying that in October 2014 their family was rocked when her best friend Kymberlie Shepherd, 26, died shortly after giving birth to son Kyden in a Perth hospital, with partner Wayde Kelly by her side.

It was Mr Cook who comforted her during those times.

"I can hear him telling me it will be okay, be strong Coll, get up and look after those children of ours, hug them for me, love them for both of us," she said.

"We have to feel the lows to really appreciate the highs and the support... it's unbelievable. Look at how many people loved you Grant."

A guard of honour was formed by Mustangs players as the community stood in silence to farewell Mr Cook, whose coffin was adorned with the Mustangs' colours of yellow and blue, the same as the drapes covering the church alter.

As the funeral came to an end, those giving their respects converged in silence on Murwillumbah St in the gentle rain. Players clapped as the procession departed to a private burial.

 

Topics:  grant cook, grant cook funeral, murwillumbah mustangs, nrrrl


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Baden-Clay decision shows appeal judges are 'out of touch'

Citing the Court of Appeal’s decision to downgrade Gerard Baden-Clay’s (pictured) murder conviction to manslaughter, Judge Clive Wall says “too much emphasis” is placed on offenders by the Court of Appeal.

Judge says some colleagues are touch with victims, community.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Local Partners

Man to face court after two strangled in Redbank Plains home

Police have charged a man with 11 offences including strangulation after a violent disturbance at Redbank Plains address yesterday.

WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of Goodna robbery

An armed robbery took place at the IGA in Goodna at 6am this morning (27-9-16).

Masked men armed with large hammer hold up store

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Woman's $400 fine for late night 'white trash' street row

court generic

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

Four taken to hospital after crash near school

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Four females injured in two vehicle crash

Struggle Street caught filming despite protest

NOT WELCOME: Paul Pisasale and Annastacia Palaszczuk have said they don't want Struggle Street filming in Ipswich or Brisbane.

Controversial documentary reportedly shot footage at Centrelink

Ipswich pensioner wins $260,000 on scratchie

BIG WIN: A woman purchased a ticket at a Goodna newsagency and is now $260K richer.

Found out while waiting in the doctor's surgery

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual