William R. Cook of South River and Manalapan, died peacefully with family and friends by his side on Jan. 13, 2013. He was 64 years old.
Predeceased by his parents, the late Robert & Dorothy (Okun) Cook, he is survived by a beloved son and daughter in law, Christopher & Jacqueline (Peck) Cook and the love of his life, granddaughter Ashley of Jackson, NJ. Also survived by a loving stepdaughter Robin (Steve) Markovich, and grandchildren Jodi, Santina, (Joe), Stevie & Lenny and great grandchild Kaiden; sisters Beverly (Paul) Toth of Elkton, MD; Janice (Ray) Chassier of Pittsgrove, NJ and Tricia (Joe) Conte of Upper Pittsgrove, NJ; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A graduate of East Brunswick High School, he served in the US Navy as an Aircraft Mechanic during the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal for his efforts. He retired from Schweitzer Maudit-Spotswood Mill after 28 years of service. He most recently held the position of Equipment Mechanic, but also served as an Electrician and Welder.
Bill was a tremendous craftsman. He could build anything, with minimal plans. His creative and mechanical aptitude along with his love to help others were his most memorable qualities. This was not just a nice way to describe Bill; this defined him. He loved fishing and enjoyed many fishing trips with his family and friends.
Visitation will take place Tue. 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home of Milltown, Funeral service, Wednesday 10am at the funeral home. Interment, Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick. Memorial contributions to the NJ Veterans' Home in Vineland where he resided for three years prior to his departure, or the American Heart Association or the National Stroke Association would be appreciated.