OBITUARY

Kevin Michael Cook

December 6, 1956February 3, 2019
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Kevin Cook was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY on December 6th, 1956. He was the youngest of 4 children, and the only brother to 3 older sisters: Pat, Maureen, and Kathy. Being the only boy and the youngest, he soon secured his proper place as King of the Cook family. Although he was the obvious monarch of the household, he also took on the role of family jester; entertaining and making his older sisters and beloved parents George and Elaine laugh continuously. From a young age he began performing for his family. He gave concerts singing Charlie Brown, conducting music from his music stand, and impersonating Boris and Natasha.

One special memory that comes to mind, is one Christmas morning when Kevin was only 3 years old. He received a fire truck from Santa complete with firefighter gear. He was so elated by this gift, he chose to eat breakfast and lunch sitting in the fire truck, only coming out when it was time for dinner, and he needed a diaper change!

Kevin went on to attend Holy Innocents Grammar School where he played baseball. However, his true passion was hanging out on East 17th Street. He loved cracking jokes and telling stories with his best friends from childhood: Jimmy Cloonan, Richard and Marge Loeber. It was also there that he met another best friend, Andy Mancuso. He then attended and graduated from Nazareth High School.

When he was a little older, Kevin began bartending at the Club 17 on Church Avenue. Brooklyn, shortly, thereafter, had their very own version of Tom Cruise circa Cocktail. One evening after a long shift, Kevin decided to provide not only bartender service but also memorable entertainment, throwing aside the bottles on the bar and hopping up to dance for the eager crowds. His top hat and cane routine to “Long Tall Glasses” became a notorious regular act behind the bar that patrons looked forward to.

From his humble roots performing in the apartment on Westminster Road, he went on to become an in-demand force on the dance floor of the Brooklyn wedding circuit. No party was complete without his rendition of his Mother’s favorite, “Mack the Knife” or his rendition of “Paradise by the Dash Board Light”!

Once it became time to settle down, Kevin married the beautiful Fran and they had their perfect sons: Matthew and James. With his sons he shared his infinite knowledge of music and films both new and old. Twenty-five years ago, the family moved to Florida, and although he left the streets of Brooklyn behind, Brooklyn never left him. For many years he mentored his sons and their friends, cooking them delicious meals, and gathering around the table telling stories and cracking jokes just as he always had.

We know he is now in Heaven entertaining George and Elaine once again!

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Kevin Michael Cook

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Donna La Spina

February 16, 2019

I came to know Kevin through Franny, while they were dating. Franny couldn't wait to introduce us to this handsome, entertaining bartender who came into her life! I will always remember Kevin by the great, infectious smile he had - you couldn't help but smile yourself when you saw that grin of his! One memory that I will always hold close to my heart is the afternoon Kevin taught Franny, our friend Kathy and I the proper way to cut an onion as he divulged the secret to his chili recipe to us - it was a great afternoon filled with many laughs! Kevin, you will be missed greatly by so many who knew and loved you - may you be at peace in God's loving arms.

eileen hughes

February 9, 2019

My favorite memory of Kevin even though i have a million Kevin was bartending one night and a women came in the bar with a huge dog,Kevin said no dogs allowed the women said oh come on Kevin he said i was not talking to you I was talking to the dog.That was Kevin.I hope you were in heaven a hour before the devil knew you were dead. Thanks for the memories

Rita O'Brian

February 8, 2019

I can say that I do not know anyone that instantly put a smile on my face EVERYTIME I SAW HIM. He always had this impact on me. To me his face was pure joy. My most common memory and favorite was whenever danceable music came on the JukeBox at the Plaza lounge where Kevin was bartentening in the early 80's he was on the floor cutting a rug so to speak. I am so heart sick. I wish we kept up better over the years, but so greatful for facebook which allowed use to stay in touch... I wish he knew how much he was loved. My prayers, hugs and much love to your family Kevin, life will never be the same for all of us.

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