EDWARD, JR., 88
Gainesville - Robert Edward Cook, Jr., of Gainesville, formerly of Miami and summer resident of Black Mountain, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at age 88. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Gainesville in 1990.
Born in New Bern, NC, on December 12, 1924, Bob Cook moved to Miami shortly thereafter. He attended Morningside Elementary School, where he met Mary Morris (whom he would later marry), Miami Edison High School, and studied engineering at the University of Florida
. Bob Cook was a proud WWII
veteran, having served three and one-half years in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Navy
. At the age of 19, he became the youngest Chief Petty Officer. He was an avid outdoorsman and private pilot.
Professionally, Bob Cook was employed by Florida Power and Light in Miami, John Morris Moving and Storage (President) in Miami, and Florida Tape and Label in Sarasota.
Among his memberships and honors, Mr. Cook joined the Masonic Lodge while still in college, remaining a member of Mahi Shrine Temple for 65 years, served Kiwanis as President, being honored as a Lifetime Member and joined the Junior JayCees in Miami. He was a member of First Methodist Church in Gainesville and St. Paul's Methodist Church in Miami, FL.
Bob Cook is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Morris Cook, who still resides in Gainesville, daughter Nancy C. Deehan of Amelia Island, FL, son Robert Edward Cook, III (Karen) of Bradenton, FL, grandchildren Kirstin (Duncan) Brinkhurst of Davie, FL, Christopher Robert Deehan and Gary Robert Deehan, Jr. of Amelia Island, Robert Edward Cook, IV (Anne) of St. Augustine, FL, and Michael Edward Cook of Bradenton, and great-grandchildren, Joseph, Dylan and Savannah Cook of St. Augustine.
In accordance with Mr. Cook's wishes, in lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, Florida (386-668-5088), or Shrine Children's Hospitals, Tampa, Florida (800-241-4438).
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel starting at 4:00 p.m. until the Memorial Service at 5:15 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311, South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.