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Russell L. Cook Sr

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Russell L. Cook Sr., 62, died on Wednesday, June 18, 2012, in Florida, from complications of cancer, with his family by his side.

He was born on October 10, 1949, in Barton, to Charles Burt and Lorraine (Wheeler) Cook.

Mr. Cook attended Glover Graded School and Barton Graded School and graduated from Enfield High in Connecticut. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably for four years. After returning home from Vietnam, he became an electrical apprentice under his father’s tutelage. He was a journeyman electrician until he retired for health reasons in 2009.

He married Ruby Wood of Island Pond in June of 1976. They relocated to Bradenton, Florida, in 1978. They had two sons: Jamie and Russell Jr. Mr. Cook was very active in his sons’ lives. He coached his sons’ teams for many years in soccer and baseball. He held leadership positions and even refereed youth soccer. This support continued with his grandchildren, as he attended and cheered at countless recreational league basketball games.

Later in life, Mr. Cook was active with organizations such as the Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He devoted countless hours at American Legion Post #312 in Oneco, Florida. He was proud to wear many hats for the American Legion. He could be found helping in the office, kitchen, calling bingo, or organizing various charity events, and was honored to have been a past commander for the American Legion.

He is survived by two sons: Jamie Cook and his wife, Cristi, of North Port, Florida, and Russell Cook Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; five grandchildren: Connor, Emily, Ben, Ayden, and William; his mother Lorraine Cook Carter of Newport; two brothers: David and Larry Cook; two sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Cook and Linda Cook; an aunt, Wilma Devost; an uncle, Wayne Wheeler; his close cousins: Chuck Cook and Diane Parenteau; his nieces: Kristine, Jodie and Kim; and by his nephew Lance. He was predeceased by his father Charles Burt Cook of Greensboro, and by his step-father Richard Carter of Albany.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Russell Lee Cook Sr. may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street W, Bradenton, Florida 34221.

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