Richard L. Cooke
FLY CREEK — Richard L. Cooke, 76, died on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Otsego Manor.
Dick was born on Nov. 7, 1937, in Oneonta, the son of Kenneth Earl and Lucy Smith Cooke. His family moved to Morris, when Dick was in second grade. He graduated from Morris Central School in 1957, and on Jan. 1, 1958, married his high school sweetheart, Dora McWilliams.
After high school, Dick worked as a machine operator for 10 years at the H.W. Naylor Company in Morris. He was then hired as a carpenter for the Leatherstocking Corporation in Cooperstown and shortly thereafter, in 1969, he and his family moved to Fly Creek. He remained employed by Leatherstocking for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He then conducted a home-based business in chair caning for several years.
Dick enjoyed traveling and camping with his family — especially the last train trip he took with his wife, a cross-country tour to California.
He was a past member of the Doubleday Dancers Square Dance Club. He was not only a master carpenter but a multi-skilled craftsman and tinkerer responsible for hundreds of renovation and repair projects around his home and others.
Dick was a great “armchair coach” and spent many hours in front of the television, offering advice to Jim Boeheim and Joe Girardi. It was not often taken.
He is survived by his wife, Dora of Fly Creek; sons, Dana Cooke (JoAnn) of Syracuse and Darrin Cooke (Clementine) of Burlington Flats; daughter, Denelle Cooke of Chicopee, Mass.; and grandchildren, Maxwell Cooke (Brooklyn), Caitlin Cooke (Seattle), Alicia Cooke (New Lisbon) and Ryan Desantis (Milford). He is also survived by brothers, Gregory, Kenneth and Thomas; by sisters, Barbara Rowe and Linette Harris; by sister- and brother-in-law, Marcia and Henry Rehrmann of Morris; by several nieces and nephews, including Gordon (Elisse) Rehrmann and Timothy (Michele) Rehrmann of Morris; and by Tim’s children, Ian and Leah.