William J. Cook
Rockland — William James Cook, 64, died at home Oct. 14, 2016. He was a Harvard graduate, a writer, an artist, a sailor. He worked on Broadway with the lyricist Carolyn Leigh. His kindness, intelligence and wit were extraordinary. He saved his wife's life. He had a great love for Ireland, where he and his wife lived for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Gray; his stepdaughter, Amelia Kantrovitz, and her husband, Michael; his grandchildren, Lily and Nolan; brothers and sisters.
"He was my North, my South, my East and West.
My working week and my Sunday rest.
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong."
-- W.H. Auden
He was the best man who ever lived.
A gathering will take place at his home at 58 Rankin St., Rockland, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Donations in his name may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston.