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Mass. corrections officer dies of cancer after 27 years of service

The day before Corrections Officer Tom Cooke’s death, fellow officers with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office escorted Cooke from the hospital to be with loved ones

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Dave Eisenstadter

MIDDLESEX, Mass. — Correction Officer Tom Cooke, an employee of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, died this week of cancer, the office said.

In a message on X, formerly known as Twitter, the sheriff’s office announced “with a heavy heart” that Cooke died “following a courageous battle with cancer.”

“As we mourn his loss, we ask that you keep the Cooke family, his friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers,” the message continued.

Cooke, 55, was born in Winchester and died on Dec. 16, according to his obituary.

The day before, fellow officers with the Middlesex Sheriff’s office accompanied Cooke from the hospital to be with loved ones, according to a video posted to Facebook.

Cooke worked for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, and enjoyed boating, camping and sports.

“A music-lover, Tom enjoyed playing the guitar and drums, and loved rocking out with his son to classic bands like Zeppelin and Sabbath,” his obituary read.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, his obituary said.

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