Anthony Isaac (Tony) Cook, 16, of Glassport, Pa., passed away peacefully in his home after a hard fought battle with cancer on August 8, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Tony was born at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2005. He attended South Allegheny School District. He was an excellent student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. The South Allegheny Gladiators including teachers, schoolmates and entire community showed overwhelming support and embodied the #Tonystrong movement. They tirelessly stood beside him throughout his long and difficult battle with neurofibromatosis and cancer. He never felt alone.
Tony received wish grants through Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jamie’s Dream Team. In return, he donated his tooth fairy money and other savings to show his appreciation. Ben Roethlisberger, in turn, donated $30,000 to Make-a-Wish in his name and took him around the locker room to meet other players.
Tony was a devout citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven with unwavering faith. A smile that was contagious and his personality was endearing. He did not fear death and was confident that he would one day be with God. He also loved family and sports, including basketball, soccer and held a black belt in Taekwondo.
In addition, he supported his siblings in many of their baseball, football and basketball games. He was an avid Steeler fan and received a Facetime call from JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool to show their support and give him accolade for his brave,.
He leaves to cherish his memo, his loving parents Diana (Hoffmann) and Bilal Cook, his four brothers Tyier, Andrew, Alijah and Abel as well as his grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins in both the Hoffmann and Cook families. He was also a proud uncle to his niece Sahari.
Tony did not want to have viewing services, but wanted a celebration of life where guests wear bright colors and celebrate his entry into God's kingdom.
Arrangements were in charge of William R. Taylor Funeral Home, 645 McMahon Ave., Monessen, PA 15062, (724) 684-4877
Originally published August 18, 2021.