Friends, flowers, fiddle music, teardrops, and plenty of funny stories made the A.C. “Ace” Cook
memorial a poignant but happy place to be on Monday afternoon.
ACE'S FAVORITE COWBOY HAT HUNG ON A PORTRAIT THAT I TOOK OF OL' ACE ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO.
About a hundred people showed up at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall in downtown Fort Worth.
STOCKYARDS PLAYERS STEVE MURRIN, LISA HATTAWAY, AND BEN SHRAKE PAY FINAL RESPECTS TO ACE COOK.
Folks mingled while a pianist played some of Cook’s favorite music, and then everyone sat down to listen to family and friends say their goodbyes.
ACE COOK'S ENTOURAGE: FRIEND AND EMPLOYEE BILL MACKEY, DAUGHTER CHARLENE COOK LINDSTROM, GRANDSON NICK, SON-IN -LAW MARK LINDSTROM, AND GRANDSON BRETT
The guest list included a mixture of artists, museum directors, art collectors, bikers, curators, writers, college professors, and other assorted characters that called Ace a friend.
The table settings were pure Ace:
ACE COOK WAS AN AIRLINE PILOT WHO REFUSED TO BECOME A SCAB DURING A STRIKE, SO HE CHANGED CAREERS AND BECAME A PAWN BROKER, ART COLLECTOR, AND STOCKYARDS BUSINESS OWNER
The stories came fast and furious, as was fitting considering the enthusiastic manner in which Ace lived his life.
WIFE DIANE AND DAUGHTER CHARLENE TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
NOBODY PRAYED HARDER THAN GRANDSON BRETT.
MORRIS MATSON TOLD A FEW TALES ON ACE.