JOHN ‘JACK’ A. CROOK

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

JOHN ‘JACK’ A. CROOK KISSIMMEE, Fla., and ORRINGTON – John “Jack” A. Crook, 78, husband of Josephine Folsom Crook, died Nov. 2, 2007, at a Florida health care facility. He was born July 25, 1929, in Orrington, son of Athelbert B. and Elizabeth (Glidden) Crook. Jack grew up on the Crook farm in East Orrington, working the farm with his father for 17 years. He and his father, along with a few others, formed the original Orrington Fire Department, as well as drove school bus in Orrington for many years. He worked for a short period of time for the Brewer Fire Department and then for Maine Test Borings. He began working for St. Regis Paper Co., in 1966 and retired from International Paper in 1988. Jack and “Jo” enjoyed their many visiting fishing trips to Lily Bay at Moosehead Lake and Spencer Bay at East Grand. The true enjoyment of their lives was the “How Crooks Bark” camp in Township 35 on Green Lake. Many wonderful times were had there with many family and friends over the years, and camp was where they retired to during the summer and Kissimmee, Fla., in the winter. Jack was a member of East Orrington Congregational Church, past master of Ralph J. Pollard Lodge and a charter member and past patron of Millwee Chapter No. 198, O.E.S. He was a former member of Anah Temple Shrine and Mini-Bike unit. Seeing a man of his size on that little motorcycle always drew attention. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Folsom Crook; a son, Neal and his mate, Cally Boulier, of Bangor; a daughter, Irene Chandler of Milford; grandsons, Scott Corey and his wife, Deb, of Auburn and Jay Corey and his wife, Jennifer, of Rochester, N.Y.; and great-grandsons, Gavin and Jackson Corey, of Auburn. He is also survived by two sisters, E. Priscilla Washburn and her husband, Walter, of Orrington and Elizabeth “Betty” Renaud and her husband, Joe, of Brewer; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Baldwin and her husband, Earl, and Carolyn Hanscom and her husband, Wendell; a brother-in-law, Lyman “Bud” Folsom of Brewer; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service celebrating Jack’s life will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at East Orrington Congregational Church, Orrington. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for refreshments at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to East Orrington Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, ME 04474.

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