He was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Cambridge, Mass., the son of Donald Wilson and Margaret Nora (Sorensen) Cook. Roger went to high school at the Quincy Trade School, Quincy, Mass., 1954 to 1957. He attended Northeastern University and received an associate degree in business.
Roger was a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and served during Operation Desert Storm with the 1058 Transportation Company, Hingham, Mass. He was a member of the American Legion Post #207, Trenton, and the St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Ellsworth, where he served as a member of the church council and a past treasurer, and was a former member of Faith Lutheran Church, Quincy, Mass. He formerly served as a member of the Surry Volunteer Fire Department, Surry.
Roger had been an active member of the Viking Club and past chief of the Stenkil Lodge #92, of the Independent Order of Vikings, Braintree, Mass.
He was employed by the Polaroid Corp. in several capacities for 36 years. Roger also worked for 10 years for Plymouth & Brockton Bus Co. in Plymouth, Mass., as a coach operator. After moving to Surry, he worked for several years as a bus driver for Laidlaw Transportation in Surry, and for Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes, Ellsworth, as a funeral attendant and all around handyman. He had also worked as a funeral attendant with Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, Quincy, Mass.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Elsa V. (Erlandson) Cook, and former wife Elaine (Swanson) Audette. Loving father of Donald Cook and wife, Ruth, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Steven Cook of Braintree, Mass., Donna Jean and husband, Mark, of Litchfield, Susan Grassey and husband, Paul of, Marshfield, Mass., Janet Cook of Dayton, Ohio, Andrea Mackie and husband, Scott, of West Roxbury, Mass., and Nicole Linville of Carver, Mass.; also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours Sunday, March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Hamel, Wickens & Troupe Funeral Home, 26 Adams St, Quincy Center, Quincy, Mass., during which time a wake service will take place at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. Heidi Johnston, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, officiating; cremation to follow. Interment with military honors will take place Tuesday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne, off Connery Avenue, Bourne, Mass.
Due to restrictions on floral arrangements at the National Cemetery, the family asks that contributions in Roger’s memory be made to the Surry Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 104, Surry, ME 04684.