Obituary for William F. Cook, Jr.

William F. Cook, Jr., 78, a stockbroker in Washington, D.C. and an icon in Clarke County for more than 50 years, died May 27, 2010 at his home in Boyce.

Cook pictureBill was born to William and Lee Cook on January 23, 1932, in Culpeper, Virginia.

He attended Culpeper High School and St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, and graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of St. Elmo’s Hall Fraternity.   He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

In a career that began in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bill was a highly successful stockbroker for 51 years at Merrill Lynch, where he was vice-president, and later at Morgan Stanley.

Widely known for his generosity, Bill supported numerous charities and helped launch many businesses in the community.   As his friends can attest, he had a big heart; he quietly helped countless people who were down on their luck and made leadership gifts to several not-for-profit institutions in addition to serving on their boards of directors.

Among his great pleasures was initiating estate plans for those just beginning their careers.   This was only one example of his innate affinity for young people, who remained his friends throughout his life.

Bill was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Martha Robinson Cook, who died in 2006.   He is survived by his daughters, Anne Dean of England and Westy Byrd of Richmond; his grandchildren, Bill Dean and Gray and Eve McDermid; his brother, Bernard, nephew John and niece Farren Faulkner.

Services will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, June 3, in Christ Church, 809 Bishop Meade Rd., Millwood, Virginia.   In lieu of flowers, the family will be grateful for donations in Bill’s name to Christ Church, P.O. Box 153, Millwood, Virginia 22646, or F.I.S.H. (For Immediate Sympathetic Help), P.O. Box 1154, Berryville, Virginia 22611.