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William B. Cook

William B. Cook peacefully entered his heavenly home with a smile on his face on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Bill was born on April 8, 1936 to Thomas and Tecla (Neis) Cook.  He met and instantly fell in love with Rosemarie Agosti in 1958 and the two married on October 8, 1960.  Bill worked for 32 years at Dana Corporation on Bennett Avenue as first a draftsman and then as a product engineer and was so proud to have 100% accuracy on his very detailed work.  He went on in life to spend 10 years on the zoning board and the next 25 years as an elected official as the Swanton Township Clerk and again had that same attention to detail, never being off by even a penny with the township's budget.  He was a man of persnickity detail and a firm believer in there being only one way to do every job ... the right way, the Bill Cook way.  Bill also served St. Richard's Catholic Church in Swanton for 27 years as a lay minister and the president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Helping those in need came naturally to him and he passed that value on to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Bill and Rose lovingly raised three children, William (Sheila) Cook, Kathleen (Kevin) Kusz, and Kristina (Michael) Derhay who will forever miss their Dad and Papa Dearie.  He was a proud second father to Mark (Joyce) Tomesek who he loved like his own child.  One of the greatest joys of his life was becoming a grandfather, or Googie as the kids dubbed him, to Rosie (Rob) Grant, Ronnie Grant, Tommy, Ben, Nick, and Hannah Cook, Jesse Filiere, and a truly great great-grandfather to his little Lily Johnson.  Another of his greatest joys was being reunited with his granddaughter, Maimee (Nate) Giesige and getting to know her and her daughter, Ava.  He was the younger brother to Jim (Donna) Cook who he always looked up to and doting older brother to Judy (Joe) Redlawski who has been such a blessing and joy to him especially these last several months.

Bill will be missed by so many family and friends, especially his friend since high school, Jack Wallington. If you knew Bill, you know that he loved his wife and family immeasurably, he had a robust passion for life, loved to talk (oh, did he love to talk!), and was always willing to help anyone in any way he could. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. His loss will always be felt and his memory will live on forever.  

The family would like to thank all those at Swanton Health and Retirement Center, particularly Lorrie, for their loving care over the past several months.

A graveside service will be held for his immediate family. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice, feed the birds that Bill loved so much (but not the squirrels!), plant some flowers, and spend time with your family and those you love.

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I am sorry that I just sadly learned of Bill's passing. My family and the Cook family were friends for many years. Bill and I both worked as draftsmen for Dana Corporation and shared rides to work for many years so that our wives could have our only cars part of the time. Bill had a red 1960 Pontiac Ventura that I loved riding in. His father was our family barber for a long time. Unfortunately I lost contact with Bill after we moved to Phoenix in 1976. I am sure he will be missed.

Larry Sunday Jun 29 2020 12:00 AM

My first memory of Bill was working as a summer hire at Dana. I also had a close attachment to Dana since my dad worked there and I got my degree from TU with a Dana scholarship. As was mentioned Bill was always concerned about others well being. In 1967 he flew to St.Louis to visit me as I was recovering from a serious auto accident. Over the years we have kept in touch with visits to Bill and Rose with his classmate, my sister Rosemary Ott. These were always fun filled and a high point for any trip home. I can whole heartily say the over the years Bill was my very best friend. I also will miss him a lot. Rose, God bless you and your lovely family.


Jerry Smith Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Rose and family,
Jim and I offer you, Bill, Kathy, and Tina and families, our deepest sympathy. We had good times in the past with each other and raising our children. Bill and you were always a joy to be with and share out lives. Time goes by so quickly.
We will pray for you all. May God bless you and keep you in His care,
Jim and Cindy McCaw

Jim and Cindy McCaw Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Though I only met him once it was a pleasure. I recall him smiling and happy.
It is great to know he was adored by so many.
Certainly our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Rob and Bonny Derhay

Rob Derhay Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

What a laugh ! What a smile ! Many moons ago Bill's niece Carol and I would visit his wonderful home. The joy he spread in just a short visit would linger for hours. Truly a wonderful man and a wonderful family.

Dan Flahiff Apr 19 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. you will be in my prayers.

Betty Lambert Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

Peace be with the Cook family now as they know their Dad is at peace with the Lord.
My deepest sympathy and prayers.

Rose Smrekar Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

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