Thomas Leo Patrick Cook

June 18, 1934 - December 25, 2016
Thomas Leo Patrick Cook

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Thomas Leo Patrick Cook (82) of Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully on Christmas at his home.  Born on June 18, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Thomas and Helen (Cloonan) Cook. Tom graduated and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1957 from the U.S. Naval Academy and was married a week later to Judith Ann Funk, his loving and devoted wife for close to 60 years, who survives him.

Tom was winged as a Naval Aviator in March 1959. He loved his country and is a decorated veteran having served over 20 years in the United States Navy.  He completed multiple deployments away from his family and flew various missions in the F-8 Crusader including low level flights in support of the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as combat missions in the F-4 Phantom in support of the war efforts in Vietnam.  Tom was an accomplished test engineer and loyal employee of Ford Motor Company.  He was most proud of completing the Bondurant Racing School since it was as close to flying a fighter jet while testing cars.  Embracing a deep faith in God and service to others, Tom volunteered his time as a lector and Eucharistic minister at various parishes including Saint Bede Catholic Church, and he served as the Clerk of Northville (Michigan) Township.  Tom will be remembered for his friendly nature, good sense of humor, and gift for storytelling.

Of all his interests and accomplishments, Tom treasured his family most and was immensely proud of his children, Leslie Cook, Linda (Butch) Thompson, and Sean (Alicia) Cook, his grandchildren: Kelly (Greyson) Leftwich, Scott (Alex) Thompson, Brian (Samantha) Thompson, Amy Thompson, Thomas Cook and Grace Cook, and his great-grandchildren: Finley and Riley Leftwich and Luke Thompson.  Survivors also include his sister, Arlene Sapp, and several cousins.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12:30 at Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA.  Visitation will be on Friday morning at Saint Bede from 11:00 am to 12:15  prior to the funeral mass. Inturment will be in the Saint Bede Columbarium at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to USNA Foundation. https://www.usna.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=228

Online Condolences may be shared at ww.bucktroutfuneralhome.net


Service

Friday, December 30, 2016
12:30 PM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Visitation

Friday, December 30, 2016
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • December 27, 2016
    Marguerite Newson says:
    So many fond memories of the brunches with Tom & Judie........he was a very special man in many ways. My sympathies to Judie and the family. Maggie Newson

  • December 28, 2016
    Bobbie & Jim Thompson says:
    God be with you all at such a sad time. Time may ease the pain some, but it may never go away completely. Remember God only gives us what He knows we can handle. Love,

  • December 28, 2016
    Maureen Kelly says:
    I vividly recall your saber canopy wedding. Glad we reconnected at Rita's service. Judy, you are in my prayers. Love, Maureen

  • December 29, 2016
    Msgr Michael D McCarron KCHS says:
    For 40 years, from the time of seminarian to a pastor, Tom and Judy have been there. It is a gift in my life to note that whenever I think of him, the face my mind recalls is always smiling. Perhaps it is my heart that remembers. God rest you Thomas! God console you Judy, and all.

  • December 29, 2016
    Mollie Donohue says:
    Sincere condolences to immediate family. Uncle Tommy was always a pleasure to spend time with. He and my mom were good friends and are surely having a grand time beyond the Pearly Gates with their parents. Much love to you all.