Garner Funeral Service

10 Lawrence Ave, Potsdam, NY


Richard M. Cook

November 25, 1937December 5, 2019

Richard M. Cook passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital with loving family by his side. Calling hours will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Garner Funeral Service. Immediately following calling hours, Joshua Cook will proceed with a memorial service at 3:00pm. Burial will be held at Bayside Cemetery in the spring.

Richard leaves behind two sons, Brian (Jorene) Cook, their children Evan and Brody Cook of Marcellus, NY, Joshua Cook of Beverly, MA and their mother Eileen Boots of Massena, NY. He leaves a brother David (Judy) Cook of Hannawa Falls, NY, along with nieces Renee (William) Seymour, Kelly (Anthony) Moores, Kara (Justin) Janaro, Jaquelin (Andrew) Warenius, and a nephew Kevin (Jenna) Talcott.

Dick was predeceased by sisters Cynthia (Dean) Talcott and Marcia James and a nephew David James. Richard was born November 25, 1937, in Potsdam, NY, a son of the late Phillip and Dorothy (Morse) Cook. He graduated from Potsdam High School and after serving in the US Army, came back to the area to begin a career in radio broadcasting. He worked as an announcer in Massena, NY with WYBG and WPDM. He then moved to Plattsburgh, NY, where he worked for WPTZ from 1966 to 1969. Dick then moved to Troy, NY where he became a sports information director for RPI. His love for the North Country led him back to Potsdam, NY where he was alumni director and sports information director for Clarkson University. Following his time at Clarkson he was director and senior administrator at Wadham’s Hall in Ogdensburg, NY. Finally, he was the CEO for AAA Saint Lawrence in Ogdensburg, NY until his retirement. Dick was a former member of the American Legion, Canton-Potsdam Hospital Board, Rotary, Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Democratic Committee.

Dick enjoyed reading, bird watching, golfing, painting, collecting and spending time with his family and friends. He had a love for animals, most notably his cat Slate and pug Clicker. Memorial donations can be made in Richard’s memory to the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad; 29 Elm Street; Potsdam, NY 13676 or the Potsdam Humane Society; 17 Madrid Avenue; Potsdam, NY 13676. Flowers can be sent to Garner Funeral Service for services on December 28th. Condolences, thoughts and fond memories may be shared online at www.garnerfh.com.


  • Calling Hours Saturday, December 28, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 28, 2019


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Matt and Carla Averill

December 28, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with your family. Mr Cook was a kind and gracious man. He surely will be missed.

Lu Freeman

December 22, 2019

Dick and l spent a summer in Nova Scotia. He took the train from Potsdam and brought Slate ,his cat,( who now is my dear companion ) to my cottage on the Northumberland Shore. I was so delighted that he fell under the spell of the place immediately. He spent hours sitting on the deck with binoculars, enjoying the scenery and the wildlife, including the numerous eagles which nested in nearby trees. ....Josh and Cheryl came to visit and we had such a lovely time. We went everywhere ! Prince Edward Island,Cape Breton(the Cabot Trail). Dick always recalled this trip with great fondness. ....l will miss him ,his intelligence, sense of humor, love for animals, and much more. May he Rest In Peace.

Scott Conroe

December 11, 2019

Dick was very kind to me when I was starting out in journalism in the 1970s. I recall talking to him about Clarkson hockey and the newspapers in the region. Sorry to see him go.

Sue Maroney

December 9, 2019

I am so sorry for the family's loss. I did not know Dick long but I feel very lucky to have met him. To Lu, you were a good friend. God bless all who loved him and to Dick, 'fly high, buddy.'

Jim Lashomb

December 9, 2019

The Cook family were frequent visitors to our house and we to theirs. Dick was always a cheerful and engaging persona and showed equal interest in others. Like his father he was a gentleman.

Glenn Thomaris

December 9, 2019

Knew Dick from a variety of ways, radio, SID, AAA, he always was a compassionate and personable friend. He had a knack for being and understanding and his listening skills during conversations was unmatched. Always made you feel special and truly missed him being around at Clarkson. Whereas his office had it's own filing system it was spot on for him. Wonderful family extending to Cindy and Deano as well. RIP Dick!

Joe & Sandy DeFranco

December 8, 2019

Brian, Josh, and family, we send our sincere condolences.
Dick was an inspirational & always positive force in life and was a real pleasure to share time with; memories of our hockey outings and Dick’s always upbeat attitude were remarkable.
Joe & Sandy DeFranco,

Travis Hinkley

December 7, 2019

Mr. Cook was a great family friend who always gave me sound advice. My condolences go out to Josh and Brian.

Ranny Joyce Gale

December 7, 2019

So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a dear friend. When his family lived in West Stockholm his Dad ran the Corner Store. My Mom babysat for Him and Marcia. One of the BEST

Cliff Westerling

December 7, 2019

I met Dick while a student at Clarkson, working as a student assistant in the sports information office. He was always upbeat, enthusiastic and positive. From the start, he was a good friend. Dick was a social person, and so I was included in chats over coffee, and after work social hours. He and his wife welcomed me into their home, and I recall some enjoyable evenings at their home taking in Hockey Night in Canada.
Working with Dick helped me get my first job out of college as a newspaper sports writer. When I returned to work at Clarkson, Dick was someone you always looked forward to crossing paths with.
Brian and Josh, Dick was enormously proud of you. I would ask, “How are the boys?”, and his face glowed with pride as he gave the update. Positive memories of someone who lived life with energy.