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Obituary for Reginald R. Cook

Reginald  R.  Cook
Reginald R. Cook, 80, of Jay, is now home with Jesus, as of Saturday, August 25, 2018. He passed away at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, as a result of pulmonary fibrosis. He was born on Henry Ford’s 75th birthday, July 30, 1938, in Livermore Falls. He was the son of Erwin L. and Phyllis M. (White) Cook. He was educated in Jay schools and was in the class of 1956. On December 20, 1961, he married Sandra L. Hobert of Farmington. Together they raised five daughters. He was employed by the Oxford Paper Company, which was later Boise Cascade, in Rumford. In 1997, after nearly 41 years of employment with the Rumford mill, he retired as head bleacher at the age of 58. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Wilton. He was passionate about Jesus, family, and Fords. He loved relentlessly and will always be remembered for his dedication, loyalty, and sacrifice for those he cared about. He was truly a gift to mankind and would do anything to help others. He could always be counted on because he was a man of his word. He was a man of countless talents, a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none,’ he would humbly say, but anyone could say he was the master of many. He could often be found tinkering on something or working in the woods. Anything his (enormous!) hands found to do, he did so with such meticulous care; his finished projects would always amaze everyone. He had an outstanding work ethic like no other. He had a hilarious sense of humor and a great ‘ear to ear’ grin. He told the best stories (that got better each time!), of fast rides on old dirt roads, back in the day when they ‘knew how to build a car.’ He had a way with words that was signature to him, often triggering laughter. He enjoyed family get togethers, socializing over breakfast with friends and family, history, old time country music, Farmall tractors, long rides in the country, and camping with his family at Middle Unknown and Gassabias Lakes in Hancock County. He was very knowledgeable about many things and found great joy in sharing his knowledge, especially about Fords. He touched the lives of those around him, and his character had meaningful influence on those who knew him. He has forever impacted those who loved him and is sorely missed by them. He loved Jesus and his greatest desire is to be reunited someday, in Heaven, with all his loved ones he leaves behind. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sandra Cook of Jay, daughters Patti Cook of Jay, Shari Maxwell and her husband John of Leeds, Kathy Thompson and her husband Shawn of Wilton, Teri Poulin and her fiancé Greg Snowden of Greenville, and Christine Wilsey and her husband John of Livermore Falls, sister Betty Goglia of Punta Gorda, Florida, grandchildren, Michelle, Crystal, Jamie, DJ, David, Dana, Derek, Shauna, Brittany, Racheal, Brandon, Caitlyn, Mykayla, Destiny, Nathaniel, Dominic, Josiah, Ellyannah, 16 great-grandchildren, brother-in-law David Hobert of Farmington and many he considered family. He was predeceased by his parents Erwin L. and Phyllis M., brothers William Cook, Alan ‘Skeeter’ Cook, and sister Mary Ellen True. The family would like to thank Nurse Penny for her compassion toward him in her home visits. Messages of condolence may be sent to:
Reginald R. Cook, 80, of Jay, Maine, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018. A graveside service with military honors will be held 11AM, Tuesday, September 4th at Lakeview Cemetery, 120 US Route 2, Wilton, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: Teen Challenge Maine, 11 Hudson Lane, Winthrop, Maine 04364. Arrangements by FINLEY FUNERAL HOME, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls, Maine 04254

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