Michael Cook, age 92 passed away on October 5, 2013 in his home in Hillsborough, NC.
He is survived by his 4 children Alan, Kathy (Mark), Brian, and J. Michael (Gail) all of North Carolina. In addition he is survived by his grandchildren Ethan, Margot, Julia, Garrett, and Kim, all of North Carolina and his sister Anna Babcock of Wellsville, New York. He leaves behind a special friend of many years, Eleanor Beck of Westfield, New York.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jane in 2005 and by his grandson Kevin Cook in 2009.
Michael was born June 22, 1921 the son of Anna and Michael Cook in Silver Springs, New York. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier, the Bon Homme Richard. After the war he returned to Rochester, New York where he met his wife Jane. They moved to Wellsville, New York after they were married and Michael went to work in the oil fields. He worked for many years with Bradley Producing as a geologist.
Michael loved sports of all kinds. When his sons were involved in Little League Baseball and Small Court Basketball he served as umpire and referee for many of the games. In his 40’s he started playing his favorite game, golf. He continued to play into his late 70’s. He loved the Golf Channel.
Michael was a member of the Wellsville School Board and served as president of that board in the late 60’s. He also was president of the Wellsville Country Club for a time. He loved Wellsville and it was his home for 33 years.
He retired to Honolulu, Hawaii, then to Houston, Texas, and finally settled on the shores of Lake Erie near Westfield, New York. Because of age and health he settled in North Carolina near all of his children for the last couple of years. We are glad to have had the chance to be near him as he neared the end of life.
The family would like to recognize the women that took care of Michael for the last couple of years. We could not ask for better care from anyone. Those women are Dorothy Foreman, Elaine Williams, Val Jeffery, Tanya Johnson, and Carla Campbell. A special thanks also to Dr. Jennifer Nunez. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the David A. Howe Library of Wellsville.