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Robert Gordon Cook, age 82 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Born and raised in Peabody, Bob was the son of the late William and Mary Cook, and a brother to Roy Cook, Jean McDonald, Ronald Cook, and Arlene Durgin. His idyllic childhood was spent ice skating, swimming in the pond, riding his bike, and going to the beach. He enjoyed spending time with his siblings, being outdoors with his dog, and was always an avid animal lover. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1952.

Bob was a private 1st class in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958, and he served in the Korean War. He worked his entire adult life as a technician at Eastman Kodak in Peabody, retiring in 1998.

He was married to Barbara White for 41 years, until her passing in 2007. With passion, hard work, and strong hands, the “fixer-upper” house on Corning Street was transformed into a home where he and Barbara could raise their seven children. So many incredible memories were created in that big yellow home.
He was a music lover who enjoyed listening to Billy Joel, Elton John, Amy Winehouse, Roy Orbison, and Don McLean, to name a few. He also loved watching the Patriots play, almost as much as he enjoyed supporting all of his children’s various athletic endeavors and accomplishments. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life: a glass of beer, going to the pool with Ricky, spending time with his family and friends, and sitting in the Florida sunshine.

He was a smart, kind, handsome, proud, family man who was a hero to so many. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his sister, Arlene Durgin; his children, Lori Silva and her husband, Michael, Ricky Cook, Cheryl Eichner and her husband, Quinn, Kristin Cook, Cindy LaFrance and her husband, Jamie, Deb Wall and her husband, Jeff, and Bob Cook and his wife, Gwen; and his grandchildren, Jason Silva, Matt Silva, Jenn Silva, Devin LaFrance, Sami Eichner, Remy Eichner, and Connor Wall.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 3rd, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915. As requested by the family funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to specialolympics.org. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  March 1, 2017
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