Andrew COOK
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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.

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Published in Press Democrat from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2018.
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December 12, 2018
Judie Blincoe and I took over delivering newspapers for Andrew one summer in high school. Getting up at 5am was no picnic, but we were happy to do it for our friend Andrew. We were terrible at doing this task, and worse at getting the commissions but we had our little summer adventure that I'm sure Andrew handled most professionally. A smart and funny guy, who appreicated our efforts at newspaper delviery with a smile. I haven't been in touch since high school, but the memories are still there. Andrew will be greatly missed.
Sally Groom
December 10, 2018
Nancy Nassetta
December 10, 2018
I knew Andrew both in junior high and high school and at Yale where we both graduated in the class of 1978. I remember in high school he rode everywhere on his bicycle, long before that became a thing. When he was away one summer, presumably in Vermont, he wrote me a letter on birch bark paper, or so I remember; it was a uniquely Andrew gesture. During high school Andrew dated a friend of mine, Candace Henderson. I know he kept in touch with her at least through college because I recall him telling me she was getting married. He told me that at a Yale football game and I expect it was the last time we spoke. We lost touch for many years, but FB brought us together again. He would occasionally comment on my political posts, of which there are too many; but it was clear that Andrew maintained the kindness and graciousness not to egg me on publicly. Yet through his occasional posts I had a sense that he was living a good life. I'm glad for that. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Godspeed.
Cynthia Nicoll
December 10, 2018
I knew Andrew in school in Arlington, VA. From elementary through high school. He was a wonderful human being, smart, funny, good mannered and just a fabulous person. I found him again through FB and I was happy to see him coming back to the right coast and in particular to New England. I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. My heart goes out to the Cook family.
Mary Barry
October 25, 2018
Andrew at Yale c. 1977
Judy (Becker) Bryant
October 24, 2018
So sorry to hear of Andrew's passing. I new him as one 3 other first year room mates at Yale and we had some good times in co-adjustment to college life. Of course, as these things go, we lost touch, and I wish, as a fellow architect living just south of the Vermont border I had had the opportunity to have run into him again, as we share many interests
Tom Chalmers
October 24, 2018
I'm so sad for your loss. Andy was my classmate at Yale, and it seems to fitting to ask us all to remember him by doing an act of kindness in his name. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your memories lighten your grief.
Daphne Burt
October 24, 2018
I am sorry to hear this sad news. Andy was my roommate freshman year at Yale. Andy took pride in going everywhere barefoot (it was the 70's, man) and we had a bet with him that he wouldn't last until Christmas. I still have an image of him heading across the Old Campus, shoeless, as the first hint of a November snow flurry swirled in the air. I think he made it until Thanksgiving. I assume he's barefoot in heaven. R.I.P. Andy.
Bob Morris
October 23, 2018
Andy graduated with me from Yale in 1978, we were in the same residential college, Ezra Stiles, and I remember him as a soft spoken, gentle, friendly guy who was well liked by everyone. I have one lovely tangible memory of Andy even now: in May 1978, the Master's Office enlisted Andy (with his amazing artistic talents) to do the calligraphy of each person's name on an elegant Ezra Stiles certificate that was presented to each of us as we graduated. I still have mine framed, and will always remember Andy for his artistry and friendship. Sending wishes for healing and peace to all of his family. Jim Perlotto, M.D.
James Perlotto
October 4, 2018
I am surprised and saddened to hear of Andrew's premature passing. He was a beloved part of the Quattrocchi Kwok Architects family--where I still work--and we miss him. And miss his gracious smile and words.
My thoughts are with his family, and hope that their fond memories can help stem the grief.
Jon Stong
October 3, 2018
I worked with Andrew at the City of Santa Rosa. He was always a pleasure to work with and will be dearly missed by a lot of people. Sending his family love and may God speed your grief.
Shelli Allen
Shelli Allen
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