MARADA COOK

Posted Dec. 23, 2008, at 7:42 p.m.

JIM COOK GRAND ISLE – James W. Cook, 59, died Dec. 18, 2008, in Bangor, of conditions related to cancer. He was born Sept. 3, 1949, in Alexandria, Va., son of Charles and DeLores Cook. James “Jim” was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, in ’71. He operated Carrabassett Regional Airport from 1978 until 1981. For many years, Jim was a car salesman of Lincoln and Mercury vehicles in southern Maine. In 1994, he and his wife, Kathryn Simonds, bought an organic farm in Grand Isle. Together with their five children the couple grew and marketed organic specialty potatoes from 1994 until 2004. The farm business gave rise to a cooperative marketing effort that came to be Crown O’Maine Organic Cooperative – a local and organic food distribution business that provides a statewide network of retailers, restaurants and buying clubs with Maine grown food. Through his efforts at Crown O’Maine, Jim Cook supported the products and efforts of a large community of Maine organic farmers. He is survived by his five children, Rivera Sun Cook, 26, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Marada Cook, 26, of Litchfield, Leah Cook, 24, of Grand Isle, Land Cook, 23, of Grand Isle and Skylar Cook, 23, of Grand Isle; his former wife, Kathryn Simonds, 56, of Portland; his mother, DeLores Cook of Gardiner, Mass.; and his brothers, John Cook of Lancaster, Mass., and Charles “Ted” Cook of Brooksville, Md. Friends and neighbors from the county are invited to visit the family noon-4 p.m. Dec. 27 at Skylandia Organic Farm, Grand Isle, where a private family service will be held. A public memorial service will be held 1 p.m. April 5, 2009, at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Calls and concerns may be directed to Marada Cook. Donations and correspondence may be sent to the James Cook Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 14, Grand Isle, ME 04746.

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