Paul W. Cook passed away peacefully at his home in Fort Myers, FL on Fri June 2, 2023. He was fortunate to have his family by his side the week of his passing.
Paul was born in Oshkosh, WI on Sept. 8, 1955. The son of Russell and Selma (Koch) Cook.
Paul’s whole life was devoted to the family business, J & R Auto Service, Inc. He was very proud to have his son Brad become the third-generation owner when he retired. Throughout the years customers really did become friends and Friday night beers at the shop were a regular event for many.
Boating, golfing, being a Packer fan and traveling were activities that Paul enjoyed when he wasn’t at the shop. There were many years of boating trips spent on the Mississippi River, around Door Country, and all areas of Lake Winnebago. Golf trips and Packer away games were other trips he looked forward to. Traveling the USA, many trips to Mexico, and cruising with friends made for a lot of wonderful memories. Paul made it known he did not miss the Wisconsin winters after retirement, and it was very evident spending the winter in Florida was where he wanted to be.
Another trait that Paul had was meeting new people while enjoying Happy Hour. Starting a conversation came easy and he was always able to make a new friend.
Paul is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ellen (Pollack); son Brad (Katie) Cook, daughter Emily Cook, brother Tom (Linda) Cook. In-laws Mike (Jen) Pollack, Tom (Jill) Pollack, Sarah (Jim) Grota. Special Aunt and Uncle Audrey and Arlyn Schwartz. Many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws Dave Pollack and Carol Pockat.
There will be a private memorial with a celebration of life to follow on Sat. June 24, 2023.
Family and friends are welcome at The Hanger, Oshkosh from 11 am to 3 pm.
A memorial has been established.