Love for Leo

By Lois Ann Dort    

SHERBROOKE – Last June Robert and Holly Cook of Sherbrooke lost their 18-month-old son, Leo. This past Saturday, the community gathered to celebrate the young boy's love for life, fun and play by hosting a family fun day in his memory.

Along with games and activities, funds were raised at the event in support of a scholarship in Leo Cook's name to be awarded to a student at St. Mary's Education Centre /Academy.

Lindsay Stevens was one of the organizers of the event and spoke to The Journal last week about Love for Leo.

“Johanna Fisher and I wanted to do something in the community to remember Leo...We wanted to come up with something that would be for the whole family,” said Stevens.

Leo's obituary said he "was the happiest, lovable child ever. He had the most beautiful brown eyes and a smile that could melt your heart. He loved Mickey Mouse Club House, Thomas the Train and Curious George. He also loved buses and big trucks, driving tricycles, running in the trampoline and swinging in his swing." The event on Saturday included bouncy castles, Touch-a-Truck, face painting and an Amazing Race competition.

Donations made to take part in the activities will go toward the Leo Cook Memorial Scholarship, as will monies raised from a silent auction that took place last week as part of the Love for Leo event.

“This is a way people can give back and keep his memory alive,” said Stevens.