Donald Cook

Don Cook of Spencerville passed away suddenly at Brockville General Hospital on Mon., March 24, 2014. He was 63.
Don was born in Brinston on Sept. 19, 1950 to the late Acil and Greta Cook. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Patricia Cook, his sons, Larry of Trenton, Chris (Jamie) of Spencerville, and Dan (Rebecca) of Johnstown. He will also be tremendously missed by his four grandchildren, Owen, Aidan, Callie, and Danica. He is survived by his brother, Bill (Betty) Cook of Brinston, and his sisters, Marilyn (Leen) Seiling of South Mountain, and Helen (Ernie) Serviss of Williamsburg, and his brothers-in-law, Ken Yandeau and Tim (Linda) Yandeau of Cardinal. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin, and his brother, Carman.
Don spent most of his life sitting in the seat of a backhoe, first working for Fred Woods. Then, he went on to purchase his own backhoe, and his business, Cooks Backhoe Service, was established. In 1987, he went to work for Maynard Coons in South Mountain, where he was employed for 27 years. Don always took great pride in his work, and never left a job unfinished. He enjoyed doing what he did.
Don loved camping, music, and dancing. These passions were the reason that many great friendships were made. He always looked forward to the annual barbecue at the pit, and his yearly trip to Vermont. These events were ones that Don wanted to share with all his friends — the more the merrier.
Family and friends gathered at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Cardinal on Sat., March 29 where a beautiful memorial service by Rev. Kathy Petrie was held. A tribute to his life was read by his daughter-in-law, Jamie. Don’s favourite songs were played by great friends Gerry, Lorraine, and Brenda. Friends and family gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion Cardinal Branch 105 after the service where many stories were shared amongst his friends.
Online condolences may be made at
Don touched so many hearts. He will never be forgotten.