Charles F. (Chap) Cook

Charles F. (Chap) Cook, 75, of Shelburne, Vt. passed away quickly and quietly Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Hackensack, N.J. to John Cooper Cook and Emily Morse Cook Riley of Abbeville, S.C. He was raised in Bethlehem, Pa., where he met his beloved bride in 7th grade, and graduated from Liberty High School in 1959. He had a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Princeton University, class of 1963, and received an MBA from St. Mary’s University in Texas. He loved numbers and had a long and active career as an actuary and underwriter. To view his professional biography, please visit

He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing games, travelling, going out to dinner, attending plays and concerts, and watching football. In the evenings after dinner, Chap loved to make puzzles and visit. It was his delight to watch his grandchildren perform, whether on the field, in a musical performance, or at a recital. An avid theologian, storyteller, and sailor, he was a man of integrity, with a wonderful sense of humor and deep seated convictions. He was always telling jokes, weaving stories, and debating everything.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dotter Cook, of 55 years, brother John Morse Cook (Judie) of Crownsville, Md., daughter Melanie (Steve) Tupaj of Essex Junction, Vt., daughter Cynthia (Todd) Coach of Great Barrington, Mass., daughter Tammy Moshier of Woonsocket, R.I., and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. Chap was a beloved brother, father, uncle, grandfather, cousin, and friend to all who knew him, and he will be dearly missed.

A special thank you to John Marcoux of the Shelburne Police Department and to Greg Burton of Christ Memorial Church for their kind care and support.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Chap’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

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