Ronald William Cook
Ronald William Cook, 79, died Sunday, May 14,2017 (Mother's Day), quietly in his sleep at home in the early morning hours.
Preceded in death by his son Ronald William Cook, Jr (Little Ronnie) and daughter Jessica Marie Cook (Baby Jessica).
He leaves his wife of more than 53 years, Linda Margaret (Hart) Cook, his sons and daughters William Howard Cook, Lawrence Joseph Cook and wife Lora Jean (Prochina) Cook, Peter John Cook and wife Ana Liza (Agustin) Cook, Rhonda Joy (Cook) Williams and husband John Charles Williams, Christina Ann (Cook) Bridge, Christopher John Cook and wife Tracy Lynn (Ramey) Cook, John Paul Cook.
Grand kids: Abraham Ronald Cook, Lawrence James Cook, Amanda Reina Cook, Meagan Taylor MacDonald, Athena Jasmine Eurika , Karol Anne Cook, Joshua Asterio Cook, Christian Matthew Cook, Jessica Grace Bridge, Brayden Tanner Bridge, Briana Marie Cook, Ethan James Ramey.
Great grand children: Amy Linda Cook, Abram Reynaldo Cook, and Grayson L. Bridge
Born: September 27, 1938 in Lyon Mountain, New York, to William Cook and wife Mildred (Cayea) Cook.
Siblings still Living- Sisters: Jackie Diles, Marlene Murphy, Shirley Simpson and Beverly Wilson.
Siblings that have passed: Brothers Alan Cook, Kenny Cook, Lenny Cook and sisters Dorothy Cook and Louella Griffin.
Ron graduated St. Lawrence Central School in Brasher Falls, New York, June 25, 1956. Shortly after graduating, Ron enlisted with the United States Navy, duties including Sonar, Electronics, and Carpentry
After Serving with the U.S. Navy, Ron pursued numerous careers.. , as a certified automotive technician and auto shop manager, Carpenter (specializing in framing and cabinetry), and working maintenance for Shlumberge, Texaco, Texas Instruments and the Astro Hotel.. A jack of all trades.
Ron even ran a family restaurant for a few years in Alvin, Texas - Cook's Kitchen, which was a combination, Pizza, and home cooked food restaurant coupled with opry style dinner shows on the weekends.
Since his youngest years, Ron had an affinity for music, for singing, for guitar, piano etc. He spent many years as part of numerous Country Western bands in upstate New York as lead guitarist, rhythm guitar and or vocalist.. Usually accompanied by wife Linda Cook who became the driving voice and rhythm behind all of his music and many of the bands he formed in later years..
On July 6, 1963, Ron married Linda Margaret Hart and started a 53 plus year journey and relationship.
In the early 70's, Ron Moved to Houston, Texas to find work. In 1975-76 he moved to a small town south of Houston, Rosharon and rediscovered his Catholic faith at the small parish church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Manvel, Texas.
Ron became very involved in the church, especially through music.. Put his carpentry skills to work in many parish projects, donated much of his time and passion towards the poor through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Ron always tried to help everyone, especially strangers in need, often bringing them into his home and welcoming them as part of the family.. Giving them a place to stay, food to eat, sharing from what we had as a family.
Ron loved music. Most of his life was devoted to it.. In his early years, he played bars and clubs, but after coming to Sacred Heart and rediscovering his faith, Ron began to spend more time playing music in church, gospel music, playing for the elderly in nursing homes, for many of the local opry's and other events. He took an interest in the Palmer Drug Abuse Program , and began to put on music filled rallies at Sacred Heart to raise awareness, and often did these musical rallies with the parish kids, and or other local talent and speakers.
Ron was an avid fisherman and would go fishing any chance he could. Ron also loved practical jokes.
As Ron grew older and his health began to fail, he became less active but still maintained as much as possible a connection to his music. He would do recordings.. help others with recordings and writing of songs.
Ron also loved gardening, bar-b-queuing and woodworking. As his health failed, he spent much more of his time woodworking, doing intricate scroll work and intarsia, and spending time at craft fairs.
On Fathers Day of 2013, Ron suffered a series of strokes which in the end left him bed ridden and paralyzed on one side and barely able to speak. After suffering abuse, neglect and indignities at the hands of some of the nursing facilities, Ron's family took on the responsibility of caring for him, loving him and protecting him in the comfort of his home among familiar surroundings, until his passing .
Memorial service/mass will be held Saturday May 27, 2017
11:30am Memorial Service
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Community
6502 County Road 48
Manvel, TX. 77578
Burial/Inurnment will take place at a later date