Bob was the beloved husband of Kim M. Cook. He was the devoted father of Jodi Rich of Jamaica Plain, Mass. and Matthew Cook, Phineas Heywood, and Briana Heywood, all of San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was predeceased by his daughter Hillary Cook. He is also survived by his grandson Maxwell Rich of Jamaica Plain. He was son to the late Sumner and Frances Cook; brother to Marjorie J. Cutting of Sandwich, Jon S. Cook and wife Janet of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Plymouth, and Sumner G. Cook, Jr. and Marcia of Millinocket, Maine; beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law of William and Roxanne Lewis, Cathy Smith and James Wear, Michael and Carol Lewis, Bryan Lewis and Tina Olsen, and Amy Lewis.
Bob was born in New Bedford on Nov. 17, 1947 and graduated from Barrington High School, class of 1966. Bob was a star basketball and baseball player all four years at Barrington H.S. Their 1964 baseball team, the RI state champions, were inducted into the Hall of Fame Nov. 21, 2009. He played third base and received the All State Honorable Mention.
Bob attended the University of Rhode Island, Paul Smith College, and Roger Williams. Bob was a long time employee of the Marriott Corporation and involved in the opening and restructuring of their Road Coach Grill restaurants.
His passion in the restaurant industry included serving as manager of the Trout Pond Restaurant, food and beverage manager of the New Seabury Country Club; owner of The Clam Shack in Seekonk, and caterer for the Falmouth Yacht Club. He also led a distinguished career at the Woods Hole Golf Club as manager and steward. He was owner/partner of the Chapoquoit Grill, Trabica, Mexican Cantina, and Mashnee Island restaurants.
Bob took great pride in his ability to always remember his employees through the years. He loved it when they would take a minute to visit with him wherever they spotted him. Bob had a true love of life; always ready with a smile and a wit that could not be matched.
Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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