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William Arthur "Bill" Cook, M.D.

August 27, 1932 - November 13, 2018

William Arthur Bill Cook, M.D. Amesbury, MA - Thoracic Surgeon in Merrimack Valley, "Grandpa Captain" Was Larger Than Life.
William Arthur "Bill" Cook, M.D., of Amesbury Mass., and Hope, Maine, passed in peace Nov. 13, 2018, at the age of 86. He died in hospice at High Pointe House in Haverhill of complications from bladder cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, family, friends and his dog "Tar." An accomplished thoracic surgeon, he worked for 60 years and had just retired when diagnosed.
40 years ago he moved to Amesbury and established a robust private medical practice serving several hospitals in the Merrimack Valley, including: Lawrence General, Holy Family Methuen, Ana Jacques and Lowell Hospitals.
In 2008, he married Cynthia "Cindy" Fortune Cook of Wakefield, Mass. His life long objective was to "grab all the fun you can get," and he did. He had a sonorous belly-laugh and a gift for story telling that captivated listeners.
Bill is predeceased by his parents of Stevens Point and his sister of Milwaukee, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Fortune Cook of Amesbury; his brother Lawrence Cook D.D.S.of Lakeland, Fla.; four daughters: Ellen Cook Humphrey of Lake Forest, Ill., Catherine Turnipseed of Eagle Colo., Andrea Cook Fleming of Palo Alto, Calif., and Courtney Cook of San Francisco; and two step-children, Ryan Fortune of Bradford and Marybeth Fortune Calabria of Hopewell, Pa. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: William, Nicholas and Davis Humphrey; Griffin and Ellen Turnipseed; Carson and Caroline Fleming; Brody and Grayson Fortune; Cameron and Bailey Rose Calabria.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Maine next Spring. For further information contact AndreaFleming@StanfordAlumni.org.
In lieu of flowers, Bill's daughters have established the Cindy's Angels memorial fund to help his widow cover the extensive medical bills. www.facebook.com/donate/737224053313669/10156605457733400.
Published on December 5, 2018
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