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Words From John Cook

Wayne was a classmate of mine 40 years ago at St. Raphael School. He was the first person I met that actually taught me the proper pronunciation of "Ra-fay-ell" instead of how we used to say it and still say it today, "Ray-feel". After reading of his death, I took time to find our 8th grade graduation class photo from a box of miscellaneous memorabilia I keep. I had the folder-frame signed by all the boys (sorry girls - we were taught to believe that you were invisible - sorry again). Wayne's signature was large and centered with a few cute curly-cues trailing from the "n". Below, in small print were the sincere words "your coach". Even then, at the age of 13, he was my coach, my teacher and my mentor. I regrettably did not keep in contact with Wayne since those formative years, but I wish for his family to know that my memory of Wayne as a coach, a teacher and a mentor will stay in my head and heart forever.

John Cook (Minneapolis, MN)


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