Russell Lee Cook, Sr.

October 10, 1949-June 18, 2012 Russell L. Cook, Sr., 62, passed away June 18, 2012 in Florida  with his family by his side from complications of cancer. Russell was born October 10, 1949 in Barton, Vt.  to Charles Burt and Lorraine (Wheeler) Cook. 
He attended Glover Graded and Barton Graded School and graduated from Enfield High in Connecticut. After graduation Russell enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably for four years. After returning home from Vietnam he became an electrical apprentice under his father's tutalage.  Russell was a journeyman electrician until he retired for health reasons in 2009. 
Russell  married Ruby Wood of Island Pond in June 1976. Russell and Ruby relocated to Bradenton,  FL in 1978. Russell and Ruby  had two sons, Jamie and Russell Jr. Russell was very active in his sons’ lives. He coached his sons' teams for many years in  soccer and baseball. Russell held leadership positions and even refereed youth  soccer. This support  continued with his grandchildren which he attended and cheered at countless  recreational league basketball games.  Later in life Russell was active with organizations such as the Moose Lodge,  Veterans of Foreign Wars , and the American Legion. Russell devoted countless hours at American Legion Post #312 in Oneco, FL. He was proud to wear many hats for the American Legion. He could be found helping in the office, kitchen, calling bingo, or organizing various charity events, and was honored to have been a past commander for the American Legion. 
Russell was survived by two sons Jamie Cook and his wife Cristi  of North Port, FL; Russell Cook Jr. and his wife Crystal of Fort Walton Beach, FL; five grandchildren: Connor, Emily, Ben, Ayden, and William; his mother, Lorraine Cook Carter of Newport, VT; two brothers: David and Larry Cook; two sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Cook and Linda Cook; an aunt, Wilma Devost; an uncle Wayne Wheeler, and close cousins Chuck Cook and Diane Parenteau, along with nieces Kristine, Jodie and Kim, and nephew Lance.He was predeceased by his father Charles Burt Cook of Greensboro and step-father Richard Carter of Albany. 
A graveside service with full military honors will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, VT. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Russell Lee Cook, Sr. may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34221. The Malcolm R Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury Common is assisting the family with local arrangements.