WALDEN - On June 17, 2014, Lawrence Wesley "Broat" Cookson was called to rest. He battled cancer for the past two years and was a courageous warrior to the end. Broat was a loving father, grandfather and best friend with a huge and generous heart. He resided for the past 20 years in Walden.
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He was born May 12, 1943, in Hardwick, the son of the late Daniel C. Cookson Sr. and Mary (McGill) Cookson. He attended Woodbury public schools.
He spent most of his working career in construction and excavation, he loved his work and had a great vision with an eye for detail and perfection.
Broat was a member of the Elks Club in Barre, Coles Pond Sledders and a past member of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers. He had an infectious laugh and spent countless hours with his many friends enjoying a good game of cribbage. He loved hunting and, especially, the time spent with friends at hunting camp.
Survivors include his companion, Betty Ainsworth, of Barre; a daughter, Laurie Cookson Silvestri, and her husband, Joseph, of Farmingdale, New Jersey; two stepchildren, Alan May, of East Montpelier, and Evon Maag, of Massachusetts; two brothers, Daniel "Bunch" Cookson Jr., of Cabot, and Chet Cookson, of Plainfield; five sisters, Helen Fletcher, of Florida, Sue Foster, of Graniteville, Marguerite Hill, of Florida, Ruth Rathburn, of Woodbury, and Martha Foster, of Walden; five grandchildren, Isabella Silvestri and Joseph L. Silvestri, both of Farmingdale, Mandy Lumsden, of Walden, Hailee May, of Cabot, and Alana May, of Hardwick; two great-grandchildren, Mya Lumsden and Reegan Lumsden, both of Walden; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, John Cookson.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.
Northern Vermont Funeral Service
60 Elm Street
Hardwick, VT 05843-0063
Published in Times Argus on June 20, 2014