A Voice from the Eastern Door


AKWESASNE – Richard D. "Rick" Cook, 65, of 121 McGee Road, unexpectedly journeyed back to the Spirit World on Tuesday morning, April 4, 2023 at Massena Hospital.

 Rick was born on May 27, 1957 in Syracuse, the son of the late Vernon Nelson "Tony" Cook and Mamie LaFrance.  He attended school in Syracuse and at Salmon River Central School.  He entered the United States Navy after leaving school, proudly serving his country and serving on the USS Turner Joy.  He first married Linda Montour, they were blessed with 4 children before their marriage ended.  On June 7, 2008, he married Louise Jacobs in a ceremony held at the American Legion. 

Rick worked for a time as a custodian with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe before beginning employment at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, where he was a valet car attendant and worked in the warehouse.  He also worked for a time at 37 West Restaurant.   Rick was a member of the American Legion and avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  He enjoyed doing woodworking, barbequing on the grill, riding his Harley, and hanging with his friends at 37 West and the Legion. 

Rick is survived by his wife, Louise Jacobs; his children, Sueann Trembley (Jamie) of Constable, Ian Cook (Alicia) of Akwesasne, Rick Cook Jr. of Akwesasne, and Rio Cook (Cody) of Akwesasne; his step children, Aaron Terrance (Shae) and Chris Terrance (Leanna), all of Akwesasne; his grandchildren, Christian, Dakota, Taja, Roman, Shalia, Kaden, Kane, Netta, Winter, Eagle, and Kahiio; and was awaiting the birth of his first great grandchild.   He is also survived by many brothers and sisters.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Maureen Cook in infancy and several brothers and sisters.

Arrangements for cremation are under the care and guidance of the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, however at his request there will be no calling hours or funeral services. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions to be made in his memory to the American Legion Post 1479.

Friends may share memories and offer condolences online at www.donaldsonhfh.com.


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