OBITUARY

Richard Stephen Cook

June 3, 1940June 5, 2018
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Richard S. Cook, 78, of Sloatsburg, NY passed away on Tuesday, June 5th surrounded by his wife and six loving children. Richard was a kind man who was devoted to his family, parish and community. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he also served on the Board of the Sloatsburg Library and The Holy Name Society of St. Joan of Arc Church. Richard will always be remember as a generous and giving man to all. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, children, Timothy, Brian, Terence, Tara, Erin and Colleen, 9 grandchildren, sister, Carolyn Grassi, and brother, John Cook. The family will receive friends & relatives on Fri., June 8th from 2 - 4 PM and 7 - 9 PM at the 177 Route 59 Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home Suffern, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Richard on Sat., June 9th At 10 AM in St . Joan of Arc Church in Sloatsburg, NY with interment to follow in Ascension Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, June 9, 2018
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Richard Stephen Cook

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Carolyn Cook Grassi

August 17, 2018

It is over two months since my beloved brother Richie passed, yet I think of him everyday. He was the essence of kindness, generosity (though never bragging!), down to earth practical advice when I asked for his views. Unconditional love was how he lived. At crucial times in my life, Richie was there for me, not only as brother, but as dear friend. As in the song: "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" all the lyrics embody his life. "A man for all seasons" was Richie Cook, who lived humbly, devotedly to family and community. He also was brilliant at math and started his own computer company. I could go on and on about this remarkable man! How blest I was to be his sister and friend. May his spirit keep all who loved him company on Life's journey.

Linda Andreassen

June 9, 2018

Linda & Ken Andreassen
There are two funny Richie statements that I would love to share.
One was Richie told us "When Loretta makes you a bologna sandwich,
the end result is "Hearts of Bologna" because by the time she peels all the skin off, half of the Bologna is in the trash"!
The other is Richie proclaimed to his six young children "When you kids grow up, your mother and I are coming to your homes and your mother will be wearing high heels and we will jump from the couch to the coffee table and back and see how you all like that"! Of course you know why he said that. A great sense of humor!

Carolyn (Cook) Grassi

June 8, 2018

My brother Richie Cook lived and practiced what many folks preach. Though he never boasted about his good deeds, just believing in "being for others." All who knew him were touched by his loving care, listening heart, deep spirituality, devotion to his family. What a fantastic brother, who showed me how to be daring, trust that others want to help, we just need to ask. Growing up with him in Flatbush Brooklyn meant adventures galore for me, our brother John and all the kids on our street. He
was mischievous, funny, a leader an inventor of games. We both graduated from Brooklyn College, his language choice Russian! He founded his own NYC computer company and was its president/CEO. Richie was a devoted son to our mother Betty Cook (a widow for many years.) He phoned her every week and visited her often in California. After my husband Joseph died, Riche became my best friend. We spoke several times a week on the phone. He was a natural counselor, practical and what a compassionate encouraging listener. Remembering he would do the NYTimes crossword puzzle everyday in ink. Brilliant and humble. He married his high school sweetheart, Loretta Corrigan (we went to Holy Cross grade school together). And what wonderful children and grandchildren came along. Praying for Richie's spirit crossing the threshold. May all your loved ones, as Mom and Dad, welcome you. Keep us company on Life's journey. Thanking God for such a wonderful brother and for his dear family. love always, Aunt Carolyn (Peter, Eddie, Shalini, Madeline (12), Ethan (11)

Colleen Cook

June 7, 2018

Colleen Cook

June 7, 2018

Colleen Cook

June 7, 2018

patricia farrell

June 7, 2018

I moved to Sloatsburg in 1970. After me the Cooks moved two houses up from us. I have admired many people in my lifetime but no one compares to Loretta and Richie for the fun throughout the years. Richie, a quiet gentleman, devoted husband,father, grandfather and neighbor. We shared our joys and heartaches and I'm so grateful for my wonderful memories. Even when their dog shamrock stole our shoes and hid them under the deck....Rest In Peace Rich. Pat

Linda & Ken Andreassen

June 7, 2018

On a snowy Sunday night around 1976, our doorbell rang around 11pm. Who would be at our door at such a late hour with school and work in the morning? We opened the door to find Richie standing there all bundled up and he asked if we wanted to go sledding down Laurel Road. Time was of the essence because the snow plow hadn’t done our road yet and sledding conditions were great! We hastily threw on clothes and trudged up the road with our sled. We had so much fun. When we had enough, Mare and Mike asked us into their house for drinks and sandwiches.
We didn’t get home until 4am.
Those were the days. You will be missed.

Donna Andreassen

June 6, 2018

I will never forget the canoe race we participated in together at the swim meet circa 1981. Mr. Cook was quite the mad paddler ! We smoked everyone else and won it by a mile !!!!!

What an amazing, smart, funny, athletic, kind man! He will be sorely missed.

Heaven got another good one !
RIP Mr. Cook.

Donna A.

FROM THE FAMILY