JAY – Gilbert Donald Cook, 83, of Jay, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2015, at his home with his family at his side. He was born in Old Town on March 11, 1932, to Kenneth and Zelie (Cyr) Cook.
He graduated from Old Town High School in 1951, where he was a star football player. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict. On February 23, 1952, in Bradley, he married Donna Petrie. His greatest joy, besides his family, was the creativity and skill he displayed while operating construction equipment. He began working with his father in his teen years for H.E. Sargent, where he traveled the state on various projects. As his family grew he wanted to stay closer to home, so he accepted a job at International Paper Mill in Jay. He worked there for 27 years, until his retirement in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna Cook of Jay; his children, Donald Cook and wife, Autumn, of Kitty Hawk, NC, David Cook and wife, Kim, of Jay, Lisa Gabarra and husband, John, of Orrington, and Daniel Cook of Portsmouth, NH; and grandchildren, Scott, Ryan, Kris, Morgan and Allyson.
Funeral services with full military honor will be held 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at Finley Funeral Home, Livermore Falls, Maine. Visitation will be held from 12-1 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Interment will be at Jay Hill Cemetery, Main Street, Jay, Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, 55 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240 or Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.