NEW CASTLE, Colo. – Robert Edward Cookson died unexpectedly July 19, 2005, at his home in New Castle, Colo. Rob was born Dec. 13, 1966, in Bangor, to Frank and Reta Cookson. He was a precocious child and a voracious reader. He was an entrepreneur from an early age, coupling his great head for business and his friendly nature to great success. Rob was a perfectionist and rapidly became an expert at whatever he did. After high school, Rob became a welder then quickly moved on to sea kayaking. He worked for Explorers at Sea for a number of years then took his passion for kayaking to Seattle where he worked for Pacific Water Sports. He published several articles for Sea Kayaker Magazine and was the subject of a feature article in the same magazine. He was at the top of his field, but left it all to move to Colorado to help his brother, Kevin, recover from a stroke and heart surgery. He fell in love with Colorado, and after a brief stay at home in Dixmont returned to Colorado where he established the western division office for Cirrus Medical Staffing in Carbondale, Colo. He loved music and was an accomplished guitarist. He was an avid sportsman and a registered Maine Guide, who liked nothing better then to hunt with his dad in the hills of Dixmont on a crisp fall day, unless it was retelling the story in the evening before a wood fire. He is survived by his father, Frank Cookson; his step-mother, Sheila Cookson of Dixmont; his brothers, David Cookson of Old Town and Kevin Cookson of Denver, Colo.; sister, Diana Cookson-Connole, also from Dixmont; nephews, Frank A. Cookson, Ian Connole and Dylan Connole; niece, Lauryl Cookson; and his best pal, Sparky. His mother, Reta Ogden Cookson, preceded him in death. There will be a memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Dixmont United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers please make donations to a cause of your choice that promotes peace.