David L. Cook, 69

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YARMOUTH — David Lane Cook, 69, of Yarmouth, died peacefully surrounded by his family Oct. 8 at Gosnell House, Scarborough. 

Born in Montclair, N.J., he was active in his youth in various athletics, especially basketball, where his height made him a natural for the sport. He was a Boy Scout and loved opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, especially in Maine where he attended Camp Kingsley and visited with extended family in the Yarmouth area. Sailing and hiking were particular passions he shared later in life with his own family. He earned his bachelor’s from Williams College in 1966, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team.

He met and married Olis Ober Cook in 1968 after a brief courtship while working at IBM in Manhattan. Wanting to return to Maine, they moved here permanently to raise their family in 1970, living both in Yarmouth and Otisfield, where they purchased a blueberry and Christmas tree farm on 100 acres.

Cook cared deeply about the quality of life. He took great pride in providing for his family in various ways, creating his own sales and marketing business and then real estate business after his decade-long tenure at IBM. He did this in order to always put his family first. He was also extremely interested and proud of his ancestral heritage beginning with English explorer, Captain James Cook. Locally, his family dates back to Captain Ebenezer Lane, who settled in Yarmouth in the late 19th century and whose descendants founded the Old Tavern Farm Dairy in the town proper. As a result, Cook celebrated his love of the sea and cherished his many family relationships in the state he called home.

His ex-wife, Olis Ober Cook, remained compassionately committed to his care and health in very meaningful ways.

He is survived by three daughters, twins Katherine Cook Thomas and Sarah Redfern Cook, and Kristina Cook London; and five grandchildren, Julie, Jack, Carrie, Annie and Sami.

Visiting hours were held Oct. 10, at Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth. A private graveside ceremony was held at Riverside Cemetery the following day. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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