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Dr. Thomas William Cook, age 83, longtime West Newbury resident, passed away at his home after a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s disease on Monday evening, April 24, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Stekionis) Cook, to whom he had been married 56 years.

Born in Mt. Vernon, New York on October 6, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Flora (Morrill) Cook. Raised in Newburyport, he was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1951.

Dr. Cook served with the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Korean War from March 4, 1952 until his honorable discharge on February 7, 1956 with the rank of EN-2. He remained close to several of his shipmates and always looked forward to their yearly reunions.

After his military service, he continued his education by graduating from the University of New Hampshire, then went on to receive his D.D.S from the New York University College of Dentistry. He started his own dental practice in Amesbury in 1968, serving the Amesbury and surrounding communities until his retirement in 2001.

He was a member of the North Shore Dental Society, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Civil War Round Table of Merrimack, the West Newbury Planning Board, the State Line Fish and Gun Club and the American Legion Post No. 309 of Salisbury. His greatest enjoyment came from time spent with family and friends and the comfort and peaceful surroundings of his home in West Newbury.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by his son, Thomas J. Cook and wife, Kate of Georgetown and their children, Thomas, Jr. and Charlotte; his daughter, Sara MacCorkle and husband, Leon of Round Pond, Maine and their children, Leah and Erin; his sister-in-law, Nancy Graf and husband, Miller of Newburyport; along with several nieces and nephews, including Kerry Kristine and Martha MacFarlane Faes and husband, Thomas. He was predeceased by his sister, Anne (Cook) Kenney. Memories of Tom will live forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

The family extends their sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to the Help in Home team and the Compassionate Care Hospice for their professional, skillful and loving care, which allowed Tom to remain in the home he loved so dearly. We also wish to thank the West Newbury Fire Department for all their help during Tom’s declining health.
Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Newbury will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Thomas W. Cook, donations in his memory can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on  May 4, 2017
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