William H. Cook

March 12, 1960June 7, 2013


Concord - William H. Cook (Bill), 53, passed away at home on June 7, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Bill was born March 12, 1960 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts and attended Nasson College in Springvale, Maine. In the lives of his family, friends and countless acquaintances, Bill was a unique and unforgettable presence. His kind nature and intuitive sense of others enabled him to draw out the most reticent people and put them at ease. A loyal friend, many of his friendships dated back to his elementary school years. Despite his natural athleticism and intelligence, Bill's greatest gift was his engaging personality. He observed everyday life with humor and candor that was both refreshing and genuine and his love for fun was contagious. In his happiest years, Bill found the perfect match for his restless spirit and appetite for adventure in long distance driving. Over the miles he logged, he gathered the fodder for the stories he'd tell back at home; the New York City alley he couldn't back into, the CB radio conversations that kept him company late at night, the eighteen-wheeler he wedged under a too-low bridge, the second eighteen-wheeler he wedged under a too-low bridge. Bill's greatest personal joy came with the birth of his son, Billy who he considered a true love of his life and constant source of happiness. As Bill's life came to a close, his greatest comfort was the time he spent "just talking" with his son. When the power of Bill's spirit was tested in later years by illness, he met his challenges with determination and resilience and took strength from his continued ability to lift the spirits of those he loved. "I made you laugh," he said once. "I love when that happens." He will be missed painfully, and he will be missed every day. In addition to his son Billy, Bill is survived by his parents, Dorothy Westwater of Contoocook and James and Marianne Cook of Concord, a brother, James Cook Jr. of Contoocook, a sister Susan Bonifant of Hopkinton, a brother Tom Cook of Bow, a brother Peter Cook of Bow, and a sister Andrea Wing of Bow as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and an uncle. A memorial service will be held at the Bennett Funeral Home in Concord on June 21, at 4:00 p.m. A celebration of Bill's life will follow at 105 Park Avenue in Contoocook. If desired, wishes for the family may be left at In lieu of flowers the family requests that all who wish to pay their respects yield to eighteen-wheelers when merging on the highway.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 21, 2013

William H. Cook

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Kelly Watts

March 7, 2014

Billy, I just heard of your passing and my heart is heavy. You were such a true friend and always there with a shoulder or a hand. Even though it has been several years since we've seen each other, you have and will always be in my thoughts.

Dorothy ~ I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. I hope you know that he was loved by many and we all cherished his friendship. Love and Peace to all of you.

Tanya Anderson

February 1, 2014

Love and light

Tanya V. Anderson

January 30, 2014

I am saddened to read Of Bill's passing. He was shinning star at Cushing Academy. Always at the center of the action, be it up on the hill or a campus function, Billy Cook had amazing charm and wit. He was embodied by love.

Denise Bailat

November 29, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He was so much fun. I have many excellent memories of time spent with him, skiing, partying & having a blast. My condolences to the family.

Robin Lockwood Hall

November 16, 2013

Dear Billy and family - I will never forget Bill...I am a Cushing Academy very close friend. Boy oh boy are there never ending great stories and fun times to share someday! I will always have Bill in my heart and am thankful for knowing him as well as I did. Thinking of you all - Robin Lockwood Hall, North Stonington CT.

Libby Mapes Yarnall

November 11, 2013

Libby Mapes Yarnall

November 11, 2013

Billy - Bill's son - I wish you could see all the memories of your dad being posted on Facebook over this past week since we just learned of your dad's passing. I went to Cushing with him and then he came to Nasson my second year. He was a character and has left a great impression on all of us. I am so sorry for your loss.

Frank Glover

November 10, 2013

I am just learning of Bill Cooks passing. Having been a student at Cushing Academy alum, I knew Bill and have the fondest memories of him. He was very gregarious, humorous and full of adventurous spirit. I am so sorry for his loss, and want to offer his family my heartfelt condolences. On behalf of the Cushing students who attended school with him and knew him - He is so a part of our fun memory. He will be missed.

Rob Ingram

November 8, 2013

Oh man. The Cushing Academy community is just learning of Bill's passing. He was simply one of the best guys you could ever be lucky enough to know. Genuine. Fun. Kind. Funny. A daredevil who loved life. We all loved Bill at Cushing. He was one of the good guys. So very sad to hear this. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family. Hope you all know how loved he was in the Cushing community.

June 24, 2013

The Morrill family extends their sincere condolences to the Cook family. We have such happy memories of our childhood friends from Walker School and the old neighborhood. Billy was a loving person! He loved winter and could throw a great snowball. God send his loving balm upon Billy and the family. Sincerely, Anne, Margaret, and Larry Morrill.