Walter J Cook

July 27, 1926September 14, 2021

Walter J. “Mit” Cook, aged 95, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Southington, CT, husband of Marie (Carbone) Cook, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 14. Mit was born in Southington on July 27, 1926 and was the son of the late John and Susan Cook. Walter began his education in the Southington school system and then graduated in 1944 from Lewis High School and from the Coast Guard Preparatory School in 1945. Mit then served with the US Army in Paris after the liberation of France. In 1951, Walter graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in chemistry. Mit worked for 41 years at the Uniroyal Chemical Company where he retired as the vice president and general manager. Throughout his career, Walter was a member of the American Chemical Society, and the American Legion Post 72. Mit was a long time parishioner of Mary Our Queen Church and St. Patricks Church in Florida. Walter is survived by his children, Andrea Cook, John W. Cook (Carol Mackin) and Christelle Cook (Philip Gibbs) six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mit will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Mary Our Queen Church. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s name to North Central Connecticut Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit



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Maureen Fama

October 3, 2021

Walter Cook was my colleague at Uniroyal Chemical for many years. Under his great business leadership and support, I was able to achieve tremendous experience in the chemical industry in the area of marketing communications for the businesses he oversaw.
A great man, indeed.
Remember, Walter, "ACTION"!!!
Maureen Fama

Suzanne Murphy

September 23, 2021

My Papa Mit. At a Red Sox game in August on the day I was born, his first grand-child, just after his 51st birthday. He started every day with a smile, was by far the happiest morning person I have ever met. His sole purpose in life was to please others, whether it was his wife, my Nana, his children, grandchildren and in his later years, his great-grands. A consommate planner, he wanted to execute any idea around an experience, a trip, a lunch or dinner out with whatever would be the very best for anyone in attendance. Papa Mit epitomized traits like honesty, humility and kindness; a pretty amazing feat to live 95 years and not make a single enemy. He was a man of great faith and ended most calls to me with "god bless" and told me every time he went to church he was praying for me and my family. His guidance and stories will be with me for a lifetime, and will be passed on to future generations. I'm eternally grateful to call him my Papa Mit, he will be forever loved and missed. xox Suzanne, Brad, Andrew & Keller

Lauren Vallas

September 22, 2021

I am one of the lucky six and mother to three of the great-grands. Life with Papa Mit was grand, indeed. Our Papa was the best of the best. He never missed a chance to tell us he loved us. He celebrated every holiday joyously, and has sent us to the ice cream shop with a tank full of gas countless times. Papa loved our Nana with a bottomless heart. He was a master tea maker, and carried many a tray of treats to his sweetheart. He was brilliant, kind, generous and humble. He spoiled each of us in all the ways that matter most. He valued traditional education and world experience and helped us to achieve both. He showed us how big the world is, from his stories of travels all over the globe to treating his family to our own front row seats. He instilled in each of us a kismet to roam. Dancing with my Papa in the Piazzo San Marco was moment I will hold in my heart forever and my fondest memory. I am eternally grateful for his endless love and guidance, and thankful to have his handwritten notes of support, congratulations and prayers. We were the luckiest to be loved by him and miss him immensely.

Steven Tranguch

September 20, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Walter was known for his enthusiasm, professionalism, and charisma. Knowing and working with your father was always a pleasure. We will remember him with respect and admiration. Our fondest memory of Walter is the Easter Sunday dinner we spent with Walter and Maria in Rome after the Easter Mass at St. Peter's. Out sincerest condolences to all of you. He will be missed.

Lynn and Steve Tranguch

Mary Mucci

September 20, 2021

We are deeply saddened to hear of Mit's passing.
He will be greatly missed .
I have fond memories of Mit and my father sharing their stories of their childhood together growing up in Southington.
My father Joseph F. Mucci and Mit had a wonderful friendship that lasted a lifetime.

Gerald Fickenscher

September 18, 2021

There are not many people in one's life that leave an indelible impact for good. Walter Cook was one of them. His wisdom and love cannot be forgotten.
Gerald H Fickenscher

Al Ingulli

September 17, 2021

Dear Marie and Family,
I am so sad to learn of Walter's passing. He was a dear friend. His mentoring was to a great degree responsible for my career at Uniroyal. His leadership was the germ that sprouted into Uniroyal's international business that he built from the ground up.
Walter was a visionary, full of energy and optimism and most importantly ,a man of integrety.
I will miss him. We all will miss him.

William Krock

September 17, 2021

Walter was the epitome of the Gentleman.
May you rest in peace.

Ira Krakower

September 16, 2021

Walter was a wonderful man who radiated humility, warmth, sincerity and friendship to everyone lucky enough to have known him. I count myself among the lucky. After Walt retired from Uniroyal we remained in touch right up to the week before he passed. He always managed to reach out to me on holidays or at times just to reminisce about this or that, briefly or at length, but always with a fondness that seemed to me brotherly. I wish the best for Marie and his family in this tough time. I’ll miss you Walt.