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James Oliver Cook

April 25, 1939March 23, 2020

North Myrtle Beach, SC James Oliver Cook, 80, died March 23, 2020 at McLeod Loris Hospital. Most recently, Jim lived in North Myrtle Beach, SC where he retired with his wife Janice, after raising their four boys in Painted Post, NY.

He was born on April 25, 1939 in Elmira, NY, the son of the late J. Howard and Agnes H. Oliver Cook. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Janice Fisher Cook; four sons, Scott David Cook (Melanie), Todd Brian Cook (Amanda), Peter James Cook (April), Joel Eric Cook (Carrie); two sisters, Barb Carol (Glen) Tolbert, Janet Elizabeth (Terry) Miller; 12 grandchildren, Aric Ryan, Jake Ryan, Meghan Ryan (Chad) Gilbert, Molly Ryan (Quame) Patterson, Brooklyn Cook, Logan Cook (David Hopey), Delaney Cook, Dante VanNoy, Ian Cook, Owen Cook, Britton Cook, Anna Cook; 14 great grandchildren, Nicholas Ryan, Nathan Ryan, Noah Ryan, Nolan Ryan, Addison Ryan, Jonathon Ryan (deceased), Madyson Ryan, Adrianna Gilbert, Brielle Gilbert, Declan Gilbert, Giovanni Patterson, Niko Patterson, Fisher Hopey, Alice Hopey; Sister-in-law; Marilyn Crosby; Nieces and nephews, Eric Bateman, Jon Bateman, Alie Bateman, Katie Bateman, Michelle Wilson, Robyn Ayers, Vicky Naida, Holly Blue, Brett Crosby.

He was affectionately known as Jim, Jimmy, Jimbo, Cookie, and Grampy to family and friends. After graduating from Corning Free Academy in 1956, he worked 22 years at Dresser Rand and another 20 years at Corning Incorporated before retiring.

Jim possessed an uncanny ability for problem solving and working with all things mechanical. He leveraged this proclivity in his position as a Senior Associate Engineering Technician while working at Corning Incorporated. He had a passion for anything to do with fast cars and airplanes. He was often referred to as “Mr. Fix It” while looking to lend a hand to people in need, especially with their cars. If you owned a VW in the ‘60s, 70s or 80s, sooner or later you would end up in his driveway asking Jim Cook to take a look at it.

While raising his boys, Jim was highly involved with Painted Post Little League, Cub Scouts, and YMCA Indian Guides. He cherished the time he spent watching his sons and grandchildren competing in their many sports and activities. Jim was proud to be a past Master Mason of Lodge 168 in Corning, NY and a member of the choir at The United Methodist Church in Painted Post, NY. For many years, he enjoyed being a member of the Sports Car Club of America, watching NASCAR long before it was popular, and his time working as a Tech Inspector at Watkins Glen International.

Jim always found comfort in his family, friends and of course his cats. The Cook Family will hold a Celebration of Life in Corning, NY in the future.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 Route 352 Elmira, NY 14903.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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Brenda Serbonich

April 1, 2020

Janice and Family, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing!! My condolences for your loss , it’s never easy!! I have fond memories of you , Jim and the rest of the Corning group!! You were all very warm and invited me into your family fold. I know Gary always thought fondly of you and Jim!!! Sending prayers and blessings to all!!❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

Joseph Conte

April 1, 2020

Dear Janice and family, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a very helpful and good friend.
Joe & Bernadette Conte

Tobi Andrews

April 1, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Cook family at this sad time.

Daniel Serbonich

March 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I will always remember the trips to Corning and Painted Post as a kid. Spending time with your family , the Crosby family , and of course Aunt Bea and Uncle Vere. I will be forever grateful for the time you spent with my mother during her last days. I can’t thank you enough. Jim was unique and I am sure he will be missed. I never realized how many grandchildren you guys had. May they be a consolation to you in your time of grief.

Tom Serbonich

March 31, 2020

Janice and Family , our prayers go out to you . Jim was such a great guy . He had a long and enjoyable life . Love, Tom and Ann Serbonich

Janet Cook Miller

March 31, 2020

You were an awesome big brother, Jimmy. I'll always love you and remember you. Till we meet again...

Paula Fitch

March 31, 2020

SO very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time... May many fond memories sustain you............