Sumner G. Cook, Jr.
January 13, 1937 - December 5, 2018
Sumner “George” Cook, Jr. of Kennebunk, Maine carried the ball across one final, green field on December 5, 2018.
He was born on January 13, 1937 to Summer G. and Frances (McGee) Cook.
George began a life filled with hard work, sports, community service and loving relationships with family and friends. He lived in a variety of places, each better for his presence. In West Boylston, Massachusetts, George started the West Boylston Chargers, a youth football league that transformed not only the athletic program of the town, but also the spirit of its residents. For many years, he volunteered as a football coach for the high school, racing home after work days to work with the youth he believed in. These special years are well remembered by his former players, now adults.
In 2004, George and his life partner of 30 years, Marcia Gay Sullivan moved to Millinocket, Maine and once again he injected the community with his spirit and service. George was very active within the paper industry; building a successful career. It gave both George and Marcia time to travel and to spend time coaching football. George was also a beloved substitute teacher in town. For 43 years in Massachusetts and Millinocket, George was a football coach. Children and adults alike enjoyed his colorful sense of humor and upbeat personality.
George never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend. His character, generosity and commitment to service will not be forgotten. He was immensely humbled when the youth he once coached and mentored held a banquet in his honor.
George will be missed most by his life partner of 30 years, Marcia Gay Sullivan; his daughters, Heidi Harper and Heather Cook of Millinocket; Marcia’s children Susanna Bagdis; Pamela and Bruce Fenn; Allen R. Howe; Deborah Walsh; Rebecca Henry; his sister-in-law Janet Cook.
George held a special place in his heart for his beloved grandchildren, Ethan and Jillian Harper but true to form George extended his love to Marcia’s many grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of which he loved immensely.
George’s siblings, Jon Cook, Marjorie Cutting and Robert Cook who predeceased him are likely thrilled to have him back. Additionally, he cherished the many friendships made during his life; it was not uncommon to run into friends regularly when he was out and about.
Thank you, George Cook, for being a wonderful father, partner, grandfather, coach. To all, he was a leader, a role model, and most of all, a beloved friend. We miss you so much already.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider the Millinocket Park and Recreations Department located at 53 Main Street, East Millinocket, Maine 04430.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.