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Robert Brookins Cook Sr.

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COOK Robert Brookins Cook Sr., 77 years old, died peacefully on June 12, 2006, at the Baptist Medical Center - Beaches. He was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, and moved his family to the Jacksonville Beaches in 1963. Appointed a Lay Reader for the Diocese of Florida in January, 1973, he was an active member and leader of Saint Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church for 43 years. He was also chaplain for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew's. Bob graduated from Evansville, College in 1951 and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, with a degree in business, he worked in the restaurant business with his father at Cook's Barbeque in Evansville, Indiana. His love for the restaurant industry brought him and his family to Atlantic Beach to become a 7-year Golden Spoon Award recipient while running the Sea Turtle Inn and Restaurant; Bob's happiest days. He went on to become a member of the Association of Realtors and agent with Pam Bingemann Realty in the mid-eighties and was the Associate Realtor of the Year in 1989 and 1995. He was an Atlantic Beach City Council Member and a 40-year member and past president of the Kiwanis Club. Bob was especially proud to be a member of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana for over 50 years. One of Bob's fondest passions was reading. He was also proud to be a member of Burroughs Bibliophiles, a group dedicated to the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author and creator of Tarzan of the Apes. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy; his sons Robert Cook Jr., Thomas (Dawne) Cook, William (Diane) Cook; grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Cook, step grandchildren Samantha, Brittany and Alyssa James, his brother, William (Molly) Cook, and many dearly loved ones; nieces and nephews and good friends. The memorial service will be held at St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach on Friday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m., with the Reverend Penny Pfab officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. Services under the direction and care of Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 14, 2006
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