Robert Arthur Cool

October 31, 1943July 22, 2017
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Born October 31, 1943 in Webberville: died July 22, 2017 in Mason at the age of 73.

Bob received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Forestry from Michigan State University. He was most proud of saying “yes” when asked, and pitching in wherever he could.

Bob had a busy year in 1970, when he helped form Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc. (MFC), became a member of the Michigan Forestry and Park Association (MFPA), and joined the Forestry Division of the City of Lansing. Over the years, he rose through the ranks, becoming the Manager of Field Services covering Forestry, Parks, Golf Courses, and Cemeteries at the City. He also served for many years as President of MFC, and was Secretary/Treasurer of MFPA. Additionally, he worked as West Bloomfield Township Forester for almost three decades, and was elected President of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). As he said, “to keep out of trouble,” he operated five choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in the Lansing area. Throughout the years, he was an expert speaker, trainer, author, and consultant on all things related to Arboriculture. Over the course of his career, he was bestowed many awards and recognitions, including a Life Membership from the Society of Municipal Arborists, and the MFPA Professional Service Award for his decades of service in Urban Forestry.

He was preceded in death by his father, W. Kenneth Cool, in 1967, and his mother Beulah Helen Cool in 2002. Surviving are his wife, Ann M. Cool, of Mason, four children: one daughter Laurel Cool (Alim Khan) of Lausanne, Switzerland, and three sons: Jon (Kelly) Cool of Cascade, Jeffrey (Vanessa) Cool of St. Joseph, and Peter Cool of Williamston, two stepchildren: Al Ashby of Toledo, Ohio and Ana Ashby of St. Paul, Minnesota, eight grandchildren, one brother, Ken (Sarah) of Springport, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at the Williamston Free Methodist Church, 4400 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston with Rev. Douglas A. Bradshaw officiating, with visitation from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment will follow in Webberville Cemetery, Webberville. Those desiring may make contributions in memory of Mr. Cool to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance -, 551 Courthouse Dr., Charlotte, MI 48813; Hillsdale College -, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242; or Williamston Community Schools Girls Basketball Boosters, 3939 Vanneter Rd., Williamston, MI 48895.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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Brian McKenzie

July 27, 2017

I have known Bob for over 30 years and considered him a friend as well as colleague in our chosen profession. As a newly minted City Forester in 1986, Bob was one of my go to guys when I was floundering. He was the heart and sole of MFPA for so many years and will be missed. My thoughts to Ann and the entire family.

Renee (Beach) Gagnier

July 26, 2017

I went to school with Laurel, and spent a lot of time at the Cool household growing up. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Thinking of you, Laurel. Take care.

John Richards

July 26, 2017

Very sad to learn of Bob's passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family. As my supervisor in the forestry department he was a great boss,but more than that he was a friend and although I have not seen him in along time I will miss him. I also worked in his business and have great memories of those times. It was fun to be around Bob and that is what I will miss most.

John Fraiser

July 26, 2017

My deepest condolences to Ann and the entire Cool Family on the loss of Bob. A true friend and one of the great professionals in his field.

Carl Baker

July 26, 2017

So sad to learn of Bob's passing. Always remember his warm, twinkling smile. Condolences and warm regards to the entire family.

Mary H.

July 26, 2017

It has always been obvious to me how much Bob loved each of you! He loved his family! He was a caring, fun, intelligent, giving, funny, helpful, and tremendous man. The thought that comes to mind is he would not want you to have a heavy heart, but to remember all of the fantastic times! May God hold you in the palm of his hand! We will see him again. God Bless you and know that you are loved.

Mike Ganues

July 25, 2017

My deepest condolences to the Cool Family. Not only was Bob a true professional in his field, he was a true friend to all of us who sought his advice and guidance over the years.

Mike Ganues

Stu Bassett

July 25, 2017

Sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was so helpful to me over the years, sharing his expertise and knowledge in all things trees! Many have said it before, but bears repeating...a kind and giving individual was Bob!

Rick McAvinchey

July 25, 2017

Bob Cool was my primary mentor in many aspects of consulting forestry, and he was always a caring teacher and friend to me. He had mastered so many different skills in forestry and arboriculture, I don't know how he found the time to learn so much. Bob helped set the standards for tree appraisal and urban forestry, and he served well over 100 times as expert witness in the truest sense. His driving passion seemed to be serving the public, and the forestry-related organizations he was active in. Bob was always a gentleman, and I am certainly glad that I got to know him through ACF. He will be sorely missed.

David Maturen

July 25, 2017

My condolences to Bob's family. I enjoyed working with him over the years in several instances in my role as a right-of-way appraiser. He was a true professional and his meticulous work was prized by many in the realm of tree valuation. That professionalism continues in the family, as I see it in his son Jon with whom I have contact from time to time in my role as State Representative.

David Maturen
Vicksburg, MI