BANGOR – Gary W. Cook, 62, passed away peacefully March 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at a Bangor hospital. He was born Jan. 27, 1951, in Easton, Pa., son of Charles A. and Florence (Spence) Cook Sr.
Gary served two years in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he earned his associate degree in business administration. Gary worked in the floor covering business for 38 years, including owning two businesses for himself before working for the last several years at Carpet One. Both a golfer and a bowler, Gary also enjoyed cooking and gardening in his own flower garden in the backyard. Many summers were spent camping all over New England with his family. Gary’s favorite activity was doing whatever activities interested his five grandsons, attending their school and sports functions. Gary always knew what advice to give his children. He could make anyone laugh, he had a great sense of humor, but what stood out about Gary most was the quiet wisdom he possessed. Family was the most important thing in the world to him, an attribute he passed on to his own children and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Charles A. Cook Jr.; and his sister, Cheryl Ann Cook. Gary is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Linda J. Cook of Bangor; daughter, Shonna L. Cook-McCannell and her husband, Shane, of Bradley; son, Matthew G. Cook and his fiancée, Kelly L. Ward, of Bangor; five grandsons, Tyler, Austin, Connor, Alex and Jake; two sisters, Diane C. Nadeau and her husband, Greg, of Lewiston and Kimberly A. Hatch of Bangor; brother, James M. Cook of Bangor; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to call 4-7 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, with the Rev. Clayton Blackstone, pastor, Advent Christian Church, Bangor, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, immediately after the services. Spring interment with military honors will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.