Peter Royce Cook, of Westport, Connecticut and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died suddenly at his home in Boothbay Harbor on March 2, 2022. He was 65.
Peter was born in Portland, Maine on April 6, 1956, to Judith Miller Cook and Phil Cook. He attended Boothbay Region High School where he was a star athlete and excelled at football and basketball. He then attended the University of Maine at Orono where he played football for the Black Bears. After graduation, Peter embarked on an accomplished career as a senior group insurance executive. He has worked for Unum, The Hartford, Aetna and Guardian Life.
After retiring from his illustrious career in insurance, he fulfilled lifelong dreams of pursuing positions within the Boothbay community. He worked at Hodgdon Yacht Services, combining his love for water, boats, his community and its people. His friends called him a “water transport engineer”. Additionally, he proudly served on the board of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library and was responsible for building their fundraising campaign for the new library extension. His love of the library began when his mother took him to pick up his first library card. This continued while her children picked out their summer reading at the library. An avid reader all his life, he instilled this love in his children.
Peter loved nothing better than spending time with his family at their property on Appalachee Pond. Some of his greatest joys included golfing, watching his children’s sporting achievements, spending time on the water on his boat, Heavenly Days, and playing with his grandchildren and great-nieces. He savored and bragged about his wife’s gourmet meals and decadent desserts. He was loved by all.
If he wasn’t on the course at Boothbay Harbor Country Club, Peter was probably enjoying a cocktail on the dock or entertaining family and friends with a barbecue in Appalachee. He loved to spin at JoyRide Studio, practice yoga, read any historical book on Winston Churchill and, of course, smoke a Churchill cigar once in a while!
Some of Peter’s best talents were a true showcase of his zest for life and his ability to make those around him feel included, loved, seen and welcomed. He would often burst into a Frank Sinatra song, worthy of the moment, or quote his favorite movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Peter had a very determined outlook, some might say he was competitive, but that turned out to be one of his best character traits as he stubbornly overcame obstacles and built a very fulfilling life. He also had a fine ability to dream about how he would spend his final years with his family, what projects and home renovations he would take on, and where he would travel with his wife, children, and their children. He was the proudest and most loving grandfather, and the favourite’Dad‘, with his loud laughter and fun nature, turning any simple moment into a memorable one.
Peter is survived by his beloved wife Jacqueline, devoted children and grandchildren – daughter Julie Hoadley, husband Ryan and son Quinn; son Matthew Cook and his wife Carlie; son Jason Cook and his wife Kayla and son Forrest. Peter is also survived by his siblings – Cathlene Parkhurst, Michael Cook, Mary Jane Tracy and their families.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, March 6 from 2-3 p.m. with a celebration of life to follow, beginning at 3 p.m., at Boothbay’s Hall Funeral Home, 975 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay, Maine.
Donations in Peter’s name may be made to the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library at bbhlibrary.org/donate/
Hall’s of Boothbay is handling the arrangements. To offer your condolences online, light a candle for Peter, or share a story or photo, visit their memory book at www.hallfuneralhomes.com