Joseph L. Cook

April 28, 1931March 20, 2021

Joseph L. Cook April 28, 1931-March 20 2021.

Joseph L. Cook (Joe) of Toms River passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 20 due to complications from a recent injury and dementia. Joe was born in Chicago, IL to parents Joseph and Elisabeth on April 28, 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression. He was the third of four children, sibling to two older brothers John and Robert and younger sister Marie. He attended grade school at St. Margaret’s of Scotland and high school at St. Ignatius graduating with the class of 1949. A year after graduation the Korean War began and Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly thereafter. He served as a radar avionics technician in the 317th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and deployed for one year to Thule Air Base high up in the Arctic of Greenland. After an honorable discharge in 1954, Joe attended the Chicago Teachers College (now Chicago State University) graduating with a degree in education. After a short time teaching and coaching football in the Archdiocese of Chicago schools, Joe was hired by the Safeco Insurance company in 1960. About that time he met the former Regina Cogger (Colette) and they were married on July 21, 1961. After a 16 year tenure with Safeco as a property and casualty claims adjuster, Joe was hired by the Prudential Insurance Company in 1976. Eventually Joe was transferred to their Holmdel, NJ office in 1983 and settled a household in Toms River with Colette. Joe retired from Prudential in 1997 after a 37 year career in the Property and Casualty Insurance business. He continued working for a number of years as an independent consultant finally retiring for good shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. After 42 years of marriage, Joe’s wife Colette passed away in November of 2003.

Joe is survived by his Sons Joseph of Coronado, California and Patrick (Meredith) of Toms River NJ as well as five grandchildren; Sean Cook of San Diego, CA, Lindsey Cook of Los Angeles, CA, Kyle Cook of Coronado, CA, Sean of Toms River, NJ and Madison of Toms River, NJ

Joe was pre-deceased by his wife Colette as well as his infant daughter Jeanine.

A service was held for close family and friends at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral home on March 24th. An interment at the Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery and celebration of life is planned for later this Summer.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021


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Frank Livera

March 24, 2021

Mr. Joe (as he was known to us growing up as his next door neighbor in our childhood home) was as good of a neighbor and family friend as we could have hoped for. He was patient, kindhearted, and always had a friendly smile on his face. He always looked out for his neighbors. My memories of Joe included him trusting my younger self with the responsibility of caring for his cat while he was away, poking in over the fence to say hi and see what kind of trouble we were getting ourselves into that day, and always offering a laugh and a friendly chat. Later on he was my sponsor for my Confirmation, and I will always be thankful for his guidance and presence on that day. He will be missed!

Judy Schweighauser

March 23, 2021

Mr. Joe, as many of us in the neighborhood called him, is remembered by myself and my three sons as our kindhearted next door neighbor for many years, from 2001-2010. We have been gone for over 10 years now but we all have fond memories of Mr. Joe. He was always keeping an eye on things and even lending an ear at times.

Our condolences to his family and prayers for peace and comfort.

Judy Schweighauser (formerly Livera)

Mary Santora

March 23, 2021

Joe will be missed. I've thought of him frequently these past few weeks. He was a regular visitor at my house in Toms River when I still lived across the street from him. He was loved and was a dear man.

Kevin Cook

March 22, 2021

Dear Joe and Patrick,
I want to share my deepest condolences with you. I will miss my dear Uncle Joe. I could always count on receiving a birthday card for our shared birthday, and while I was pretty good about remembering to send one to him, he never failed. I enjoyed our annual catch-ups during our birthday phone calls. In particular, I recall visiting him and my dad at his Tom's River home with his two great-nieces in 2004, and later that summer, spending the day with them in DC seeing the sights and trying to stay comfortable in the oppressive heat. I hold that wonderful memory of the two brothers enjoying each other's company as they commented on gas prices, shared a bench in the shade at the WWII memorial, and recalled stories of their younger years. I hope the pain of this loss will soon be eased by similar pleasant memories of your dad.