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Ahmed Joe Cook, 42, dedicated teacher, father

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Ahmed Joe Cook, 42, of Roxbury, died May 25. A week later, a procession of more than 100 family friends, former pupils and colleagues filled the streets of the Fort Hill neighborhood with African rhythms in a procession from Paige Academy, where Cook taught, to the First Church of Roxbury, where he was memorialized in a service.

Born to Rev. Joe Cook Jr., and Dr. Angela Paige Brooks-Cook, he graduated from Fisk University with a bachelor’s degree in art and education and later took graduate courses in art and education and in kinetic education.

He lived for 25 years cancer-free after being first diagnosed with the illness at the age of 16.

As a kindergarten teacher at Paige Academy, the independent school founded by his parents, Cook dedicated his life to teaching art and drumming to his students. His sensitivity to the needs of his students and his joy for exploring the world touched everyone in the school community.

Cook’s commitment to his culture, heritage and ancestry was demonstrated through his spiritual practices, faith and beliefs. His creed was defined by the statement “Love is my Religion.”

He is survived by his daughter, Nia Cook, and will be missed by many family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers Memorial donations may be made to the Ahmed Cook Scholarship Fund, Paige Academy at PaigeAcademy.org.