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Brian J Cooke


Brian J. Cooke, age 54 of Wayne, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Brian was co-owner and operator of N.J. Valley Amusements and had worked with the company since he was a young boy. He would throw a fit if his father went to work without him and by the time he was five or six years old, he knew his way around New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to all the carnival locations. He used to love riding in the truck with his dad, and they grew very close over the years; they were best friends. As Brian got older, he became an outstanding truck driver and he could maneuver the carnival rides into narrow alleys and New York City streets like nobody else. Having worked ever since he was a kid, Brian developed a very strong work ethic. There was always something to be fixed or assembled. Brian was the best at figuring things out. Most of the time, he didn’t even need a manual – he could just look at the parts and figure out how it was supposed to go together. He was a fantastic welder, mechanic, electrician, and really knew his stuff. Everybody else would call Brian if they had a problem, because he always knew how to fix it, or he could sure figure it out.

Brian was also an excellent cook. He loved to make holiday dinners and Thanksgiving was his favorite. He made the best eggplant rollatini and one of his specialties was chocolate pudding. He never used anything but My*T*Fine pudding mix because that’s what his mom always used.

Brian met his wife Judi (nee Pine) when she was just fourteen years old. She had a crush on him and decided to write an article about him for a school project. Their paths took different directions however, and it wasn’t until many years later that they got together and then married in 1994. They have enjoyed eighteen years of marriage together.

Brian is survived by his wife Judi of Wayne, his daughter Jennifer Jones of Piscataway, NJ, and his son Brian Dela Barrera of Wayne, and the late William Cooke, his granddaughter Destiny, his mother; Edith Cooke and the late William R. Cooke of Wayne, his brothers and sisters: William Cooke of Toms River, the late Robert Cooke and his wife Donna of Wayne, Honeybun Cooke-Miller and the late Sam of Wayne, Gary Cooke of Wayne, the late Linda Cooke of Wayne, Nancy Spetz and her husband Charles of Oak Ridge, Marilyn Gabriel and the late Albert of Wayne, John Cooke of Wayne, Jennifer Cooke and her fiancé Jeff Militello of Wayne, nieces and nephews; Vanessa, Terrance, Juliette, Donna, Gabe, Aimee, Sean, Katie, Meghan, Natalie, Albert, Baby Natalie, Nicholas, Edie, Linda, Nancy, Heidi, Charlie, Sara, John, Steven, Gwendolyn, Kim, Alexa, and Lily, and loved very much his sisters two puppies; Diesel and Duallyette, as well as many aunts, uncles, and dear friends.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday April 29, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9 AM on Monday from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, Valley Road in Wayne, where at 10 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Foundation for the Handicapped, 30 Woodridge Terrace, Wayne, NJ 07470 or ALS TDI, 215 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

A Happy Ending

When the show on earth is over and the Master says "time to go, the angels here in heaven are waiting for your show," we must go on as He beckons, we must quickly slough and fly, for He knows our show is needed for His children in the sky.

Yes, there'll be carnivals in heaven, with bright lights and fun galore, and the organ will sound sweeter than you've ever heard before. There'll be Eli wheels and scramblers, merry go rounds for wee ones too. God, Himself, the supervisor, and we Carny folks the crew.

The angels on the "Jinny" ride playing music pure and sweet for the cherubs on the horses galloping round on wooden feet. There'll be popcorn and cotton candy, with just a deeper pink, perhaps a little sweeter since it's made in heaven, don't you think?

The "jump" from earth to heaven will be the grandest one of all, without a single breakdown, with no truck motor to stall. So let's make the show a good one, while here on earth we dwell, so when we set it up in heaven, God will say: "A job done well."

Guest Book


An ambassador to the amusement industry. Brian lived it and loved it. I will miss him very much.

Alex Viecelli


R.I.P Brian...Im sure you will be greatly missed. I have some wonderful memories of growing up with you and your family. My brother Freddy always looked up to you like a big brother. May the family find with great memories, some peace in such at such a hard time. You are all in mine and my familys prayers.

Loli Popeck


Jen, We're so sorry about you're loss.

david liscio and beth lacava


To the Cooke Family, Ed and I are very sorry for your loss. Many great memories of Brian for many years, and our hearts go out to you. But now he can be with Willy, Bobby, and his dad. And we're sure there will be a big carnival in heaven. Love, Ed and Elaine Tumminello

Elaine Tumminello


Dear Billy and family The Wayne Valley Class of 1968 extends our sympathy in the loss of your beloved Brian. Our love and prayers are with all of you. Pattie Monsaert

Pattie Monsaert Westall


Fond memories of Brian with my brother Dean and Dale nin OLV. I remember in 4th grade learning that the toughest guy around ...was truly just a gentle giant. I hope this link works...because it reminds me of Brian. Love and sympathy to the Cook family.

Cindy Ricciardi


Wanted to express sincere sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the entire Cooke family. Brian, rest in peace.

Gary R. Adler, Peyton, Colorado (WVHS '76)


Dear Judi and Family. When the Lord calls our loved ones home,He leavesagift of memories in exchange, Memories are the legacy of love.

Chris Mc Intyre


To our old neighbors and friends the Cookes, I was shocked to hear of Brian's passing. I am so sorry for all of you. He was too young to leave this world. My entire family sends their love to all of you.

Mary Lyn Quigley


I am so sorry for your loss! you all will be in my thoughts and prayers

Theresa Kaiser Kasper


Brian is one of the nicest guys I ever knew. He was a very special person to all. My condolences to the family. We will all miss Brian very much. My prayers are with Brian and the family! Love, Linda Loffredo and the Loffredo Family

Linda D Loffredo


My deepest condolences to Brian's family and all the Cooke's he was a great guy. The Lanza's of Wayne

Tom Lanza


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time Thom and Beverly Colella

Beverly Colella


Judi, my thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest condolences to you and the Cooke family.

Lesley Rafes


My heart goes out to all of you. The memories from Dwyer rd and the Cooke family will always remain sea to my heart. May a soul as young as Brian's sail with the wind and the memories of his life remain with all who loved him forever.

Kathryn weber (Kowalski)


friendship is forever...memories remind us of that. Fondly remembered for many years...Brian will be missed..Love to Judy and Gary and all the family...respectfully Barbara and Joe

Barbara Ames and Joe Tellone


Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time and always. Brian was so kind and generous and just an all around great guy. He will surely be missed by us and everyone that knew him. Love, The O'Leary's

Joe, Donna & Joseph O'Leary


To the Cooke Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Jennifer Nimon


My condolences to the entire Cooke family. Brian will be missed by all who were fortuate enough to have known him.

Niki Lanza


My deepest condolences to the whole cooke family!!!Brian was such a nice man!!!It is so sad to hear about his passing!!!Brian and his and his whole family have always treated my whole family very nice!!!You cooke's are truely a wonderful family!!!Brian will truly be missed just as bobby is!!! You all will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Tiffany Fitzpatrick


To my friend Brian I will miss very much your friend ralphie

Ralph biancardi


For 23 yrs. now we've worked side by side. It really brings my heart great sadness to lose Bobby, Mr.Cooke(dad) and now Brian. Not only were they my boss's, but they were also my coworkers, my family, and my friends. To the Cooke family you have my deepest condolences. They might be gone but never are they going to be forgoten!!!!

George Harris


So sorry for your loss Judi, Brian and the Cook family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Angela and Raquel Farina


Brian, it has been a few years since we've spoke.. I wanted a chance to thank you for your friendship and sound advice you given me over the years. You are a great guy with innovative ideas and it's you that taught me how to have passion for all the hard work that's done. It was my pleasure to have crossed paths with you and your family, and I will hold dear all of the memories I made with the show. I would like to run that Eli for you in heaven so keep me in mind!!

Anthony David Torres


My deepest condolences to Judi, lil Brian, Jennifer, and Destiny, Also the Cooke family. Brian will be missed, but never forgotten! He would always put smiles on my 3 son’s faces when he would see them. They loved when he came around because he always had a story to tell them! They will never forget you! I won’t either!! R.I.P Brian!!

Suzanne Pizzuto, Shawn Hyter, Anthony Hyter, Christopher Hyter


Judi, Joe and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Eleanor

Eleanor and Joe Afflitto


Honeybun and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to loose a brother. May Brian RIP and may you all find peace in his memory. Much Love Diane and Rich Norman

Diane Norman


My deepest sympathy to the Cooke family during this most difficult time. Brian was a natural in the carnival business. I very much enjoined our countless hours of discussing everything carnival over the years, and also everything family. He truly cared about people and would go out of his way to help them if he could. He will be greatly missed. Sam Vendola

Sam Vendola


I am so sorry to hear about Brian. I know he suffered for sometime. He will be missed. My thoughts are with all of you. Love Maggie Cooke

Maggie Cooke


To Judi and family..our deepest sympathy in your loss. Fond memories of Brian will forever stay with us. Sincerely, Art & Roberta Jacobs

Arthur & Roberta Jacobs


Brian, Rest in Peace. Deepest sympathy to the family. The Russo/Nidle Family

Julie Russo Nidle


My heart goes out to all of you. I am so sorry for your losses.

Susan Cooke


I'm deeply saddened to hear of Brian's passing. Sending my prayers and sympathy to Judi, Jen, Destiny, Brian & the whole family.

Jill Hendrix


Our deepest condolences to all of Brian's family. Brian was a great guy, may he rest in peace.

Glenn and Joann Dura


Judi, I am truly sorry about your loss, my heart goes out to you and Brian's family.

Carol Newman


My deepest sympathies to Judy and the entire Cooke family. Brian and I spent all night talking at the 2011 NJ amusement show. I will never forget the fun we had and i will never forget him.

MIchael Curci


My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Wendy Pascucci klie


Dear Edith...Hunnybun and your family,, I'm so very sorry for the the loss of your sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time...

Robin Iosco


Jen and family, We still can't believe that Brian is gone... but at least now he isn't suffering from any pain, tiredness or anything like that. He is in heaven now, and while he is up there, looking down at us, watching over us, I am sure that now he is up there making the most amazing carnival up in the sky. With all the rides, games and cotten candy that we could ever believe. Love you Jen!!!! HUGS!!

Kimberly from Califon


My sincere sympathy to the Cooke family. Prayers are with you.

Phyllis Gigantes


My Prayers and thoughts are with the Family.

Michele Costantin


Our condolences to the Cooke family. Brian was a great guy. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Betty & Scott Kooreman

Betty & Scott Kooreman


Condolences to the Cooke family on your loss. Denise and Norman

Norman Rudy


My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Cook family. David always spoke highly of Brian. May he rest in peace.

Mrs. David Spae


My deepest sympathay to the entire Cook family on the loss of a former neighbor and friend. Ernie Zuberer

Ernie Zuberer


To the cooke family : I just found out about about Bill, Bobby, Brian, and Edith. I wish I had been there. Everyone treated me like family when i worked there from '80 to '85. Ii miss them!!

corky chapman


Its been 3 years, I love you Daddy... I miss you so much and so do the girls. love you.

Jennifer Jones




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