Ryan Colby Cook
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1985 - 2013 HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. Ryan Colby Cook, 27, of El Paso, Texas, died unexpectedly on March 4, 2013.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1985, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Raymond Cook and Sandra (Beese) Cook. He attended Williamstown schools, and graduated from Hoosick Falls Central School in 2004. He was third in his class.
While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was also involved with SADD. He played football and basketball at both Mount Greylock and Hoosick Falls Central high Schools. He played on two Super Bowl teams at Mount Greylock and his senior year, the Hoosick Falls Central team played for the state championship in the Carrier Dome. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and was deeply loyal to Ole Miss football, his alma mater.
During high school, he worked at both Babson's and Fox Hollow Restaurants. He loved the game of golf and spent much of his summers playing golf with his many friends, young and old, at the Hoosick Falls Country Club.
After high school, he attended Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., where he earned an Army ROTC scholarship. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. That same year, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. At the time of his death, he was on active duty stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. He held the rank of Captain. He also served one year in Afghanistan wherein amongst other medals; he was awarded the "Bronze Star."
Ryan married Jessica (Mose) Cook on Sept. 20, 2009, in Saratoga Springs. She survives as well as her parents, Alfred and Phyllis Mose of Glenville, N.Y.
Ryan and Jessica were animal lovers with three dogs of their own, fostered many others, and spent countless hours volunteering at local rescue.
Ryan is also survived by his father, Raymond Cook of Wellington, Fla., and his stepmother, Jennifer Cook of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., along with his sister, Bree Cook of Bennington, Vt., and stepsister, Austin (Turner) Bayliss of Nashville, Tenn. He also leaves a maternal great -grandmother, Laura Mosher of Wykoff, Minn.; a stepgrandfather, Joseph Tornabene of Pownal, Vt.; his favorite aunt, Debra Beese of Minneapolis, Minn., and several other aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother, Sandra (Beese) Cook in 1989; by his maternal grandparents Gerald and Murlie Beese; fraternal grandparents, Charles and Anna Cook, and a step-grandmother, Janet Tornabene.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Military honors will follow the Mass in Wood Park at the Veterans Memorial on Main St. in Hoosick Falls. Burial will take place in Minnesota. Relatives and friends may call at the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, on Thursday, March 14, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Although flowers are welcome, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan B.
fund, through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2013