•JAMES L. COOK
James L. Cook, 81, of Rossford, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, after fighting until his last breath, of complications from COVID-19.
Jim married Katina (Poulos) on July 28, 1958, and together they had three children. He served in the U.S. Navy, was an iron worker by trade and retiree from Jeep as a millwright. He also was a 33 Degree Mason and a volunteer firefighter for Rossford Fire Department for 15 years. He and his wife were the owners of Polman’s Sports Cafe in East Toledo, and Jim taught mixology at Owens Community College.
He enjoyed hunting trips with his two sons and friends, and taking road trips anytime to anywhere, especially to Pelee Island, where he had many dear friends. Jim loved his boats and spending time at the marina. He liked going to hockey games and watching his grandsons play. He also coached his son and son-in-law back in the day. Sundays at his son’s pool surrounded by family, a lot of laughing and good food were a favorite. He enjoyed cooking and to be honest with ya, he made the best fried potatoes. Anyone that knew Jim knows that anytime of day, coffee around the kitchen table was always welcomed.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Katina, and children, Ron (favorite daughter-in-law, Kim) Cook, Jimmy Cook and Angie (favorite son-in-law, Chic) Hamilton. Jim was a very proud grandfather “Pooh” to his four grandchildren, Zac (Ashley) Cook, Alex (Christina) Cook, Jamie (Jake) Surdell and Jacob Hamilton. He also was a great-grandfather “Great Pooh” to Dane, Lucas and Grant Cook, Brooks Surdell and Carter Cook.
He was preceded in death by his beloved mother-in-law, Evangeline Poulos; brother, Don Cook, and sister, Margie Flitten.
Jim was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and resided at SKLD in Perrysburg. The family would like to thank Sara, Jenny, Larissa and Joanie. A special thank you to John, his nurse, who showed great care, empathy and compassion, and remained by his side, holding his hand, until the end.
Due to the pandemic health crisis, funeral services and burial will be private.
“A thousand words won’t bring you back, we know because we’ve tried; neither will a thousand tears, we know because we’ve cried. Remembering you is easy, we do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.”