James William Cook departed this life Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA – a victim of the Coronavirus. Born in Griffin, GA in 1935. His family migrated to Boston in 1942. Shortly after graduating from Boston Trade High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He worked for General Dynamics for a while, then went to work for Boston Parks and Recreation Department, which he retired from in December 1996 after 27 years.
As a youngster, he enjoyed singing in the Children’s choir at his family’s church. – the beloved People’s Baptist Church of Boston, where several of his family members have served for years. James was an avid golfer, excellent swimmer, tennis player, fisherman and liked to try his hand at cooking – especially desserts. His family enjoyed attending his golf tournaments, which usually took place in Boston, sometimes in the Caribbean and Canada. He actually had a “hole-in-one” about 40 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents Odell W. Cook and father James Cook. In his youth, he was a Cub Scout. He leaves to mourn his beloved sister, Helen C. Oliver of Alabama; nephew Paul L. Oliver (Tracey), Wesley C. Oliver (Kathleen), and a host of other relatives.
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