Stephen Cook

Stephen W. Cook

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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There are no words that can express how much Stephen Cook will be missed by so many, even to the casual acquaintance. He had a contagious smile, chipper personality and blue eyes that sparkled with kindness from within who would lend a helping hand (or two) that came from his endless amount of strength and energy.
Steve was born in Milton, MA and moved to Medfield in 1966. He is survived by his wife Tricia Cook and their three children and nine grandchildren: Joseph Quintina & wife Tammie with James, Marcus, Anthony and Nicholas; Katie Quintina Ntasios & husband Arthur with Nicholas, Isabella and Vanessa; and Michael Quintina & wife Erin with Avery and Charlotte. Steve is also survived by his five siblings –Billy, Pamela, Anne, Jon and Jeff, with their families that gave him one niece and ten nephews and their respective seven children.
It’s hard to mention all the accomplishments Steve has achieved in his lifetime, yet here is a short narrative. He received the first Artist Award ever presented to a Medfield High School student as he was a very talented artist. He was an avid horseman who managed stables and rode/lead the Dover Hunt Club which later translated into riding and sharing the love of horses with his granddaughter Bella. He lived in Hawaii for several years managing a band while surfing the waves. Upon returning to MA in the early 80’s, he managed Beefsteak Charlies for several years, then blossomed as a salesman for Turf Doctor. He moved back to Medfield and met Tricia and her three children in 1985, fell in love, married and bought their home in 1986 (that’s a story in itself) and moved into it in 1987 where they still reside. He went from being a single man to having an instant family at the wink of an eye while loving it all. He became a Licensed Contractor during the building of their home and maintained that license and formed and operated Rainbow Bridge Services which, after several years, became Medfield Fix-It Shop on Janes Avenue in Medfield, that morphed into Medfield Window& Door and eventually bought and moved into the old Charles Restaurant on Rt. 109 in Millis. At that time Steve and Tricia often kayaked down the Charles River and dreamt of having a small café business which is when they decided to buy the old Charles Restaurant and have split usage. The 2008 economic crash lead to fulfilling that dream and they opened the Charles Café which hosted many music talents, which proved to be a wonderfully happy experience, while at the same time rented kayak and canoes on the Charles River. It was during these experiences where his love for fishing really blossomed...he would very often be seen fishing on the Charles River and other lakes and rivers to catch that large-mouth bass or boating or kayaking with Tricia, family or friends as often as they could. Steve eventually worked for JB Sash, left there and became the Marvin Salesman for Chace Lumber where he was received and rewarded by a great company. He also kept his Window Door Fix-It business while all along the way teaching those around him, eager to share his knowledge. As well as being a fisherman, Steve was also an avid pool and horseshoe player, that loved to host get-togethers throughout the years at his home with his family and friends. It’s so hard to describe one’s life on this realm and so many great adjectives can be used, yet, his love for life, people, places, things can be summed up by his constant used expression, ‘Is the glass half empty or half full’, and he would exclaim that “My glass is half full”. Being a Bob Dylan fan, it is fitting to end this Obituary with the words from the famous song, Blowin’ In The Wind: How many years must a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea? How many years can some people exist before they’re allowed to be free? And how many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he doesn’t see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind–The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday February 24th from 3-6 at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home, 15 Miller St Medfield. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11 in Vine Lake Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 11:00am
    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Patricia Patt

Posted at 02:31pm
I am just learning about Steve's passing. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Steve was a very kind gentleman who always had a smile on his face. He was the kind of person you could reach out to for recommendations on household repairs. He and his brother took on a job at my home in Medfield a few years ago. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.

Carl Leguia

Posted at 08:44am
Steve was such an upbeat and optimistic guy, any time I called him it cheered me up even though it was always work related. Nothing could get him down. I will always take that lesson of his spirit with me. His positive attitude, good faith, character, helpfulness, humility, and sense of humor will be remembered by me. Great guy in every way. He will be missed.
Carl Leguia.

Posted at 02:50pm
It really hurts to hear of Steve's passing. We had so many memories from the 60's,70's,80's and into his wonderful new life that he shared with Tricia. Life is too short and although regrets are a waste of energy I do truly regret not having a more recent reunion with him. My favorite newer memory was his running of the Charles restaurant and the bands hosted there. What fun! His smile and laugh were infectious and I am glad he was a part of my high school life. We were voted class rebels (?) holding a now, very politically incorrect, Confederate flag. My sincere condolences to Steve's family at this difficult time. My best, Jan Johnson

Erik Stivaletta Posted at 03:50pm

Erik Stivaletta: I met Steve when he was working for JB Sash in Chelsea, MA when he noticed my last name he continued with a memory that he would meet my Uncle Albert when Horseback riding. Steve was very knowledgeable in the building industry and i did business with him when he relocating to Chase Building Materials in Foxborough i continued that relationship. We had many conversations about family and how much he cared for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was clearly devoted family man. We also talk about the challenges of doing business and we shared our life experiences. I will surely miss him.

Peter Filosa

Posted at 06:46pm
Dear Cook family, My name is Peter Filosa. I met Steve at the Charles Cafe and ran into him in Medfield over the years. I have special needs and Steve was always kind to me. I want to send my condolences to Tricia and family. Sincerely, Peter Filosa

Sherry Schmidt

Posted at 12:06pm
Our Favorite Memories and Adventures include one very Special Person: Steve Cook. We knew that the first time we met him, which involved throwing him behind a curtain , surrounded by no one else he knew, giving him a microphone and told him to pretend to be a former football player at a high school of the girl whose birthday we were celebrating! Without hesitating, Steve took that microphone in his hand and became a team player in "This Is Your Life"! Yes, this is how Steve lived his life! Always the first to say, "I'M IN"! This is what we have always loved about Steve, his willingness and eagerness to join in; whether it was to help a friend or just to have a 'Good Time'! Steve's life gave us memories too beautiful to forget . We will always keep him close to our hearts forever. And thank you ,Tricia, for bringing Steve into our lives.
Sherry and Myron

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