It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Irija at the age of 91 at the Moir Centre for Continue Complex Care. Irija was predeceased by her husband the Reverend Donald R. Cook in 1998. She is survived by her sister Tina (Tynne) Hembruff (Albert 2014). She is predeceased, her bothers Tiovo (2021) and Emeli (1995) and Viljmi (1936). Irija valued education and was a lifelong learner. She obtained a BA Ed. From U of T in 1977 as well as her BA Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1977. In 1979 she started teaching ESL in Toronto. Irija continued with her own studies over the next few years studying Latin, Philosophy, and Curriculum Design. Being a Clergy spouse, she lived in many communities (Victoria BC, Peterborough, Washago, Toronto) supporting her husband and the Anglican community. Irija has been a member of St. Matthew Anglican Church, Islington for many years. She will be missed by Tina, her neighbours, and her Church family at St. Matthew’s. Visitation will be held on Friday May 13, 2022, at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 3962 Bloor Street W. Toronto from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew’s www.saintmatts.ca
or to a charity of your choice.