Richard Joseph Cook (1945 - 2015)

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Richard Joseph Cook, 70, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska.
Rick was born September 27, 1945 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, to Aaron and Margaret Cook, the first of three children. His family moved to San Diego, CA. in 1951 and he graduated from Hilltop High School in 1963. He graduated from San Diego State College in 1968 and then UCLA School of Dentistry in 1972. He met the love of his life, Ellen, at UCLA when they first saw each other in an elevator at a coed dormitory near the campus. They married in 1970 and celebrated 45 years of marriage this year.
After graduating from dental school, Rick was commissioned a lieutenant in the US Navy. He served as a dentist at Whidbey Island, WA. Naval Air Station until 1974. It was there that their first child, Aaron, was born and the family then moved to Plains, Montana in 1974 where Rick set up a private dental practice. It was in Plains where their other 3 children, Marie, Becky and Jacob were born and where the family lived for 13 years. They then took the biggest adventure of their lives and moved "North to Alaska" settling in Juneau in 1987 where Dr. Cook had a private dental practice for 28 years, retiring in 2012. Most of the Cook family continues to reside in Juneau.
Dr. Cook was a long time member of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Knights of Columbus Council 1760. He was also a member of the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club for many years and served as president for one year. Through Rotary he performed many fundraising magic shows with his stage name of "The Amazing Pescadini." Rick's favorite quote was "Magic in the Heart is not an Illusion". He also loved doing chairside magic tricks for children in his dental practice. He was an active member of the Juneau Dental Society during his years of dental practice. He was a devoted fan of the University of Notre Dame football team, loved reading, fishing with his sons and friends on his boat "De Colores", gardening, baking, and traveling with his wife Ellen in their truck camper. He cherished spending time with his family and friends, especially with all his grandchildren and they in turn adored their "PapPap."
Rick had a passion for adventure and touched so many lives with his generosity and kindness while at the same time maintaining his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Margaret Cook.
He is survived by his wife Ellen of Juneau, AK: 2 daughters Marie Marx (Hans) of Juneau, AK; Becky Janes (Sean) of Juneau, AK; 2 sons Aaron Cook of Juneau, AK; Jacob Cook (Cindy) of McHenry, IL; 8 Grand-Children: Bethany, Joshua, Bereket and Mira Cook of McHenry, IL; Sage and Adler Janes of Juneau, AK; Becca and Jack Marx of Juneau, AK. Also brothers Larry Cook (Jackie) of Encinitas, CA and Thomas Cook (Ellen) of Beaufort, SC.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass for Richard on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, at 12:00pm at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau, Alaska with a reception following in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests donations be made in Rick's name to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Juneau, AK or a .
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St Paul's Catholic Church
9055 Atlin Dr
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-5529
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Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 3 to Dec. 3, 2015
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