William W. Cook, 79

Jul 19, 2021

William W. Cook, 79, of Onset, died July 16, 2021, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He was the husband of Ellen (Holmes) Cook and the son of the late Harold L. and Sarah (Westgate) Cook.

He was born in Wareham and lived in Onset all his life. 

Mr. Cook was appointed to the Onset Fire Department in 1956 and served many roles. He was appointed to Lieutenant of Engine 1 in 1973, promoted to Captain in 1975 and in 1985 became Deputy Chief until retiring in 1997. He then remained as a call firefighter until July of 2016 when he hung up his helmet for the last time. 

He also worked as a Foreman for the Town of Wareham Municipal Maintenance Department for many years.

He enjoyed digging quahogs and fishing. He was a member of Box 5 Association in Onset and the Plymouth County Firefighter Forest Warden’s Association.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ellen (Holmes) Cook; 2 sons, Harold J. Cook and his wife Marla of Plymouth and John M. Cook and his wife Tammie of Onset; a sister, Elizabeth Tatlow and her husband William of Wareham and their children, Dawn and Marc; 10 grandchildren, Jason, Thomas “TJ”, Angel, Kayla, Jenna, Justin, John, Andora, Hunter, and Kailyn; 7 great-grandchildren, Skylar, Aubree, Nori, William, Jackson, Lucas, and Benjamin; several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Chapman Funerals & Cremations - Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. 

His funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at Chapman Funerals & Cremations – Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Onset Fire Dept New Equipment Account, Onset Fire Dept., P.O. Box 44, Onset, MA 02558. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, visit: www.chapmanfuneral.com.