Mid-tier precious metals miner Endeavour Silver on Thursday announced the passing of its founder, director and executive chairperson Bradford Cooke in Vancouver at the age of 67.
Cooke’s death was sudden and unexpected, the NYSE- and TSX-listed company said in a statement.
“We are incredibly saddened by this sudden loss. Brad was extremely loyal to his people. He will be sincerely missed and always remembered by a large group of family and friends around the world. I have known and worked with Brad for 15 years and I consider him my dear friend. I will always remember him for his passion, commitment and hard-working attitude. With his vibrant energy, he strove to bring out the best in those who worked with him,” commented CEO Dan Dickson.
Cooke is well known as an accomplished geologist with nearly five decades of experience in the metals and mining industry. He formed Endeavour together with Godfrey Walton in 2003 for the purpose of acquiring and developing high-grade silver/gold projects in Mexico. Since that time, the company has acquired, rebuilt and expanded four silver mines and made a significant discovery with potential to become Endeavour’s next cornerstone mine.
Cooke was also the founder and chairperson of exploration company Aztec.
“The board and management of Aztec are incredibly saddened by this sudden loss. He will be sincerely missed and always remembered by his large group of family and friends around the world. He will always be remembered for his passion, commitment, and hard-working attitude and contributions to the mining industry," said Aztec CEO Simon Dyakowski.