Anchorage, Alaska, and Surry
- Donald Lance Cook, Jr., 84 years and 3 months, passed away Dec. 13, 2016, at the family home in Florida. He was born Sept. 13, 1932, to Edith B. Davis-Cook of Pembroke and Donald Lance Cook, Sr. of Lubec.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Rand-Cook of Surry. He was blessed with 6 children, Robert D. Cook and wife, Carol of Surry, Sharon L. Herrell-Rudd and husband, Steven Rudd of Wasilla, AK, Dorothy I. Cook of Ellsworth, Gerald L. Cook and wife, Penny of Henderson, NC, Angela J. Cook and Denise Hook of Big Lake, AK, and Joy A. Jorge and husband, Anibel Jorge of Wasilla, AK; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Donald was an only child, and was raised with his uncles, Emery Davis and Burlington Taylor, both deceased, but remained very close with his cousins.
He grew up in Pembroke, attended Washington State Normal School, then joined the Air Force, where he was stationed out West, and in England. This began his love affair with travel.
He settled in Machias, and worked for "Ma Bell." Donald was a true pioneer, with a strong sense of adventure. He truly loved life, and pursued whatever dream he wanted.
He came home one day with his lifetime friend, Gary Blanchard, and said, "Pack my bag, we're going to Alaska in the morning!" Alaska captured his heart and soul; with its majestic mountains, wildlife, and vivid blue green water everywhere. He loved camping, hunting, fishing, and treasured his time spent on the water.
He and Geraldine raised the family there, until he retired from the Anchorage Telephone Utility and moved to Surry, but came "home" to Alaska frequently. They traveled and fished extensively throughout the world.
Donald enjoyed meeting people, and accepted and welcomed all unconditionally. He was loved by many, and shall be greatly missed.
"Until we meet again."