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Weymouth R Cook

June 17, 1929 - November 30, 2018

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Weymouth Reed Cook

Weymouth Reed Cook, also known as “Cookie,” “Nick,” and “Grandpa Cookie” age 89, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family in his home at Brookdale in Sonoma County. He is predeceased by his wife Bernadine Louise Cook. He said of his wife, “In 1951 I married the most beautiful woman in the world right in Oakland.” He is also predeceased by his younger sister Harriet Rohner.
He was born June 17, 1929 to Clara Irene and Harold Adams Cook. He enjoyed his childhood and early adulthood in Oakland, California where he grew up with working labor class immigrant families. He said, “The adults didn’t intermingle, but the kids were thrown together in school so my friends were Italian, Polish, Japanese, Irish all growing up American together.” He graduated from Oakland’s Fremont High School in 1947. He has stayed in contact with his friends and has enjoyed gathering with his classmates at reunions for the past 70 years.
He always loved baseball and played seriously, but due to an injury was not able to continue as a player. He took great joy in following the San Francisco Giants. He and the family experienced many lively tailgate parties and game experiences, including the postponed third game of the 1989 World Series due to the earthquake. There is a brick with his name in the Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park.
Weymouth served two years in the Army during the Korean War and utilized his GI educational and housing benefits to get a strong start on his education, life, and career. He graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in business accounting. His education provided him a career in telecommunications with large companies. He often told the story of how proud his father was when he got his first job in the professional world at Crown Zellerbach. He saw amazing technological changes in his lifetime and expressed deep pleasure with his work being on the cutting edge with the first IBM main frame computers, speaker phones, teletypes, faxes and ATMs.
He and his wife Bernadine raised their family and lived the majority of their married life in Pleasant Hill, California in a home with large oak trees and a fresh water creek. The family engaged in many outdoor activities including camping and back packing. He is survived by his four children Pamela (Bill), Jeffrey (Kathy), Derald (Kathleen), and Kenneth (Sheila). He has seven grandchildren; Derek (Lisa), Kacey (Robert), Blake, Craig (Jaclyn), Cole, Analiese, Renee and Marvin. He has six great grandchildren; Jesse, Jillian, Rylee, Ronan, June, Fynnly and a seventh to soon arrive. His family brought him great pleasure.
He enjoyed travel, gardening, making stained glass lamps, and playing the stock market and cards. He was known at his Brookdale Community Residence as the “genius.” The family would like to thank the Brookdale staff for all of their care and attention these past 8 years. He loved being with his friends and having the opportunity to think, interact and play cards. It is said that he not only knew what card he should play, but he usually knew what all the other players were holding and what they should play. Play on!