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Garvin Frederick Cook

December 24, 2017

Garvin Frederick CookGarvin "Fred" Cook, 75, of Kansas City, MO passed away December 24, 2017.

Garvin was born February 24, 1942 to Vincent and Georgia Lee Cook in Kansas City.

Garvin graduated from Northeast Senior HS in 1962 and immediately enlisted in the Air Force and served proudly.  While in the Air Force, he was stationed at Dry Hill Air Force Base in Watertown, NY where he met his future wife, Barbara M. Capone.  They were married on May 2, 1964 at St. Anthony’s Church in Watertown.

In 1966 he began his career at the New York Air Brake, first as a Machinist and later as a Process Engineer.  He retired from the Air Brake in 2004. 

As a young man, Garvin was proud that he achieved his Eagle Scout Award in the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed traveling, reading, crossword puzzles, and working in the workshop.  Where ever he traveled he always made daily mass a priority in his life. He was an avid wood worker, especially with clocks and wooden gadgets.  He was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

Garvin was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Barbara.  He is survived by his children, Vince (Terri) Cook, Jim Cook, Anna (Mike) Doldo, and Renee (Jeff) Thomas; his sisters, Gail Nestell and Sheila Cook; grandchildren, Danielle, Billy, Drew, Tyler, and Matt; great grandchildren, Tyler and Savannah; many nieces and nephews; and dear friend Maria Fortunato.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 4 - 7PM.   A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Friday, January 5 at 10:15AM followed by a funeral mass at 11AM at Holy Family Church.  Burial in Glenwood Cemetery will be in the spring at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his name may be made to either Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., or the Children's Miracle Network, 830 Washington St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online family condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#7 Scott Silver 2018-01-03 04:33
I am so sad to here of Garvin's passing.
I worked very closely with Garvin at NYAB for many years. Unlike most that can just theorize and write solutions on paper for difficult tasks, Garvin could actually accomplish end results and was talented way beyond what most people realized. He was a joy to work with and a wonderful person. My prayers go out to his family.
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#6 KAYE ONEAL 2018-01-02 12:30
I am a friend of Maria and Garv from Phoenix, Arizona. I am so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to know him and we had many discussions about politics! There was always something to be learned when talking to him. I shall miss his humor. Deepest condolences to all of his family.
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#5 Michael Tripp 2018-01-01 11:04
My sincere condolence on the passing of your father, grandfather and friend. As a colleague of Garvin's at NYAB, I admired his technical skills, respected his work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile when required, and enjoyed his friendly outgoing personality and the big grin that went along with it. I recall a conversation when he was about to head out on vacation on a road trip to Kansas City. I asked him how long it would take him, as he said he was going to drive all the way without stopping...he added as long as he had a pocket full of cigars, and his face broke out with that infectious wide grin. There was also a tenacious aspect to Garvin. When I started working at the Air Brake, I would see Garvin always walking to work. One one terrible stormy winter I remember offering him a ride home from work...Nope - with that grin said he would enjoy walking instead. There is much to admire, respect and enjoy about Garvin. I'm proud to have worked with him.
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#4 Ginger Gates Favret 2017-12-31 18:25
My deepest sympathies to Garvin's family and to Maria..
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#3 Ralph Morse 2017-12-31 08:21
I am so sorry for your loss. Garvin was a true gentle man who smiled often and shared his joy of living with others. I shall fondly remember his infectious smile and intelligent whit from working with him at NYAB. My deepest condolences to his grieving family.
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#2 nancyhumphrey 2017-12-30 14:32
I remember Garvin from the NYAB co. Very sorry to hear of his passing.
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#1 Ron Ossola 2017-12-29 13:36
Vincent, Jimmy, Anna, Renee, we are sorry to hear of Uncle Fred's passing. .

Ronnie and Lynn
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