COOK, Andrew Died peacefully at home in Grafton, Vermont on September 11, 2018, at age 62. He was taken from his family far too soon, but leaves a legacy marked by his exceptional kindness and unfailing generosity. He graduated from Yale University in 1978 and later studied in the master of architecture program at UCLA. He worked for several architecture firms before joining the Santa Rosa and Petaluma fire departments as a building plans reviewer in 2001. He retired this April, eager for new adventures in his beloved Vermont. Andrew loved the simple pleasures of everyday life. His keen sense of aesthetics appreciated the fall of sunlight through the woods as well as any architectural plan. A natural draftsman, he put his skills to work sketching anything that caught his eye. His mind overflowed with ideas, and he loved to see them take shape in costumes, household gadgets, whimsical treehouses, and more. He possessed a fine tenor voice that graced several local a cappella groups, including the Redwood Chordsmen and Folly Barbershop Quartet. Andrew is survived by his wife, Diane Weisner; daughters, Amelia and Shannon Cook; father, Andy (Beverlee) Cook; mother, Paddy Cook; sisters Emily Cook, Alison (Dan) Cook Anderson, and Jennifer Cook; brother Stuart (Stacey) Cook; Diane's children, Michael Komorowski, Megan (John) Hogle, and Kristin (Matthew) Wanlin, and grandson, Silas. The family asks that anyone wishing to honor Andrew do an act of kindness for another in his memory. A memorial will be held in Vermont next spring to remember Andrew.
Published in Press Democrat from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2018.