Bradley Wendell Cook, age 66, of Venice Florida, died Monday, August 8, 2022, as a result of a
A celebration of life service will be held at Westside Christian Church, 3604 15th Ave. W., Bradenton,
Florida, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Visitation for friends and family will begin at 10:00, with the
service at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will be held at a later date, in Farwell, Michigan.
Bradley was born October 12, 1955, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, son, of the late Wendell Lewis Cook
and Glenna Jean Ford Cook. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Terry Wendell Cook.
Bradley attended Farwell Michigan area schools, until 1970, when he moved with his family to Amelia,
Ohio, where he attended West Clermont schools, and graduated from Glen Este High School in 1973.
He served in the United States Air Force and was stationed at K1 Sawyer Air Base in Marquette,
Michigan. At the completion of his service he remained in Marquette, where he met and married
Marcia Geer. They had two sons, Dylan and Schuyler Cook.
Bradley later relocated to Bradenton, Florida, where he acquired both his residential and commercial
contracting license. He was a contractor his entire adult life and built and designed many homes in
Michigan, Ohio, and Florida.
He married Cynthia Balkham in 1999, and they later relocated to Venice, Florida to help Cindy's mother
with her health needs.
Bradley's hobbies were flying, boating, playing guitar, performing magic tricks, and riding his motorcycle.
He loved aviation and acquired his private, IFR and commercial license. He was often recruited to
perform magic tricks for family events and even social events.
Bradley loved his family, and leaves behind his wife Cynthia, sons: Dylan Cook and wife Madonna of St.
Augustine, Florida, Schuyler Cook and wife Eileen of St. Augustine, Florida, two stepdaughters, Barbara
Perkins and husband Jose, and Diana Perkins and husband Christopher, both of Pennsylvania. He also
leaves behind five sisters: Janelle McGuire, Pamela Mayer, Melody Darnell and husband Mike, Denise
Stockton and husband Mike, Valerie Vale and husband Bill, one brother, Blair Cook and wife Suzanne,
and three Grandchildren, Aaron, Andrew, and Augustus, as well as over 80 nieces and nephews and
grand nieces and nephews.
Bradley loved to brag about his children and their accomplishments, and always had pictures to show,
and stories to talk about, after seeing his grandchildren.
When asked about all his family, Brad would always say, "l have the best family in the world".