John Cooke, II

Obituary of John C. Cooke, II

John Charles Cooke II, of East Setauket and Cazenovia, NY, passed away peacefully in Cazenovia on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the age of 90. John was born in Hempstead, NY on January 26, 1933, to John Charles Cooke and Emma Kopec Olson at the height of the depression. He came from humble beginnings, overcame many obstacles, and prospered as a self-made man. John, quite simply, lived a full and extraordinary life! At the age of 16, John founded Cooke Contracting with his uncle operating heavy equipment at various locations. He then went on to launch Cooke & Olson Inc., designing and constructing custom homes throughout Long Island with his business partner. John and his first wife had three children: John, Jennifer, and Judith. When John met his 2nd wife, Elaine Goldthwaite, their family grew to include Elaine’s son John, and daughter Adair. Aside from being a strong & supportive father, he was also a proud grandfather (“Poppa Cooke”) of eleven grandchildren: John Mark and Sonya Cicci; Evan and Trevor Cooke; Maureen, Grace, and Meg Milmoe; Katie and Elizabeth DeMarino, Jordan and Sarah Passe Cooke. Great grandchild, Jameson. As a longtime resident of East Setauket, NY, John was a passionate sailor and a member of the Setauket Yacht Club. He spent many hours racing his legendary Raven sloop around Port Jefferson harbor. He also competed in many classic offshore and Long Island Sound races as a foredeck specialist, that included multiple Newport-Bermuda races, Off Soundings regattas, and New York Yacht Club cruises. When not out sailing, you could find John at his easel oil painting nautical scenery, running/walking around his neighborhood of Strongs Neck or at the local range trap shooting. John was a beloved husband to Elaine Goldthwaite Cooke and is also survived by his five children: John Charles (Deborah) Cooke III, Jennifer Cooke Cicci, John (Alexandra) DeMarino Jr., Judith Cooke (Tony) Weseman, Adair DeMarino (Patrick) Milmoe, 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a sister, Gloria Bobbit. John was preceded in death by his father, John Charles Cooke, mother, Emma Kopec Olson, brother, Dave Olson, and a sister, Alice. No services will be held at this time and the family requests no donations or flowers be sent. Condolences for the family may be left at
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