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6. In Memory of Those Who've Gone Before

With much sadness, we heard of the passing of Charlie Cook, longtime member of the 79th Highlanders Living History Association, in his home on Jan. 10, 2016.  The cause of his death was a heart attack.

There was a Wake held at the SOUTH FORTY CAFE & BAR in Elbert, Colorado, where Charlie worked part time, on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.  As the photos show, it was a packed house, with lots of friends.  The pipe band did a memorial performance in front of the South Forty in tribute to Charlie.

The Funeral for Charlie was held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at the American Legion Hall in Elizabeth, Colorado.  Again, as the photos show, the Hall was full, with people standing in the entrance hall and even out the door in the cold.  After the Funeral, there was a procession northwest to Denver to Fort Logan National Cemetery, where Charlie's body will be buried.  At the Interment Ceremony, he was given full military honors.  Charlie served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was twice awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.

Charlie had been a member of the 79th Highlanders since 1992, and had been a volunteer for the Kiowa Celtic Festival (which later became the Elizabeth Celtic Festival).  He was a goodwill ambassador for both organizations and anything to do with the fur-trapping era in the West and Rendezvousing.  He was a help to so many people in so many situations.  For the 79th, he was a "Scout," wearing buckskins and the diced glengarry bonnet (hat), and carrying an 1858 Springfield Rifle, often with the bayonet fixed, and marching with the color-guard, or in front of the pipe band.  There are probably a million photos of him--he was featured in the Estes Park Festival program and in other Celtic Festival programs and websites...