Harold Wesley Cook, 75, Died In His Home, With His Wife At His Side.

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Harold Cook

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA — Harold Wesley Cook, 75, died June 8, 2012 in his home in Cocoa Beach, with his wife at his side.

He was born in Buffalo, New York to Harold Edgar and Ruth Helena Cook.

He grew up in Platea, Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State as a drafting engineer in 1956 at age 19 and worked for General Motors in Detroit.

He became a pilot, built and raced a dragster called the “Purple-people Eater,” and held the Detroit Drag Strip Record for a year.

He returned to Platea when his father was ill and helped run the family owned, J. W. Cook and Sons Lumber Co., and was also the postmaster and fire chief.

In 1969 he graduated from Kent State with a BA in Mathematics and began his life time career as a civil servant for the US Navy working on numerous missile projects.

After retiring in 2006 he enjoyed traveling worldwide with his life time partner, Berniece.

Harold was a fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Harold is survived by his wife of 49 years, Berniece; sister Ruth E. Cook; 2 daughters, Penny Roose and Patty Daney, and 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers and sympathy cards, the family would prefer donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 1-800-805-5856 or on-line at www.stjude.org/donate

Condolences may be sent to www.beachfuneralhome.com