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Stephen Cook

Stephen W. Cook

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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Obituary

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

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

    Location
    Vine Lake Cemetery
    Address
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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johnson.janicelee@gmail.com

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
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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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Andrew Arrison

Posted at 07:29pm
Steve was the hardest working person that I ever knew! He possessed an amazing variety of skills and experiences with a deep fund of knowledge of all things mechanical. I remember his unfettered optimism while undergoing difficult times and his unrelenting energy in brushing himself off and getting back to work. I will miss his smile and his easy going manner. His absence leaves us all a little poorer in spirit.
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Susie

Posted at 07:28pm
Steve had a zest for life. He seemed to be able to see the positive side of any situation. Whenever he was “down” , he could still get up again! Even when he endured such adversity, he just kept on going and made lemonade. His constant energy caused me to nickname Steve “the energizer bunny”, and Tricia was his “battery “, to the very end. He was certainly the love of her life.
We will miss the play dates with our dogs, Emmy and Malcolm, such a sweet boy. We will all cherish our times of laughter, even though our hearts are breaking now.

We will miss you, Steve.

Love, Susie
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