Floyd Harrison Cook, Jr.
Floyd Harrison Cook, Jr. was born in 1912 in Middletown, NY, the oldest child of Cora Baker Cook and Floyd Harrison Cook. He died peacefully in his sleep on August 23, 2012. He was 100.
Active in Boy Scouts while growing up, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and, as such, was chosen for several prestigious Scouting honors. He worked with a group of other Eagle Scouts blazing trails in the newly formed Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. While there, he gained notoriety helping to rescue some other workers stranded on one of the park’s glaciers by building a Native American travois out of sapling trees and pulling out the stranded frostbitten victims. Mr. Cook was also a representative to an international Scouting jamboree in London and Paris.
Mr. Cook attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1935. He worked for the Crowley Milk Company, managing milk and ice cream ingredient products along the Southern Tier of NYS. Before Crowley, he worked as a summer handyman/waterfront director for Boy and Girl Scout camps at Hunter Lake outside of Liberty, NY. It was there that he met Judy Van Vliet, the camp dietitian, who became his wife in 1937. Longtime residents of CT, particularly Norwalk, Floyd and Judy developed a life-long attachment to the Catskills, retiring to “Porcupine Ridge” in DeBruce, NY, in the early ’70s. At Porcupine Ridge, Mr. Cook was an avid birder and active in the Sullivan County Audubon Society. Mr. Cook also worked for the Holland Furnace Company and Petroleum Heat and Power Company (PETRO) before his retirement.
“Pop” was a rabid, lifelong Boston Red Sox baseball fan. On July 22nd, he enjoyed celebrating his 100th birthday with family and close friends in the Director’s Box at Fenway Park (also celebrating its 100th birthday) for a game between Boston and Toronto. Despite a disappointing Red Sox loss, Pop was cheered by the opportunity to doff his Red Sox cap to the crowd who cheered and applauded him as his birthday was announced via the Jumbotron TV screen and by the unexpected arrival of a foul ball, seemingly hit just to him! A fine time was had by all!
He is survived by his sons, Floyd Harrison Cook III of Stamford, CT, and John Van Vliet Cook of Kansas City, MO; a daughter, Cathie Cook Stone of Boston, MA; and two grandchildren, Keith D. Cook and Abigail Stone.
Arrangements are private; no services are planned.
Ralph L. Keysaw
Former Assistant Manager of The Stevensville, 69
Ralph L. Keysaw of Jeffersonville, NY, a former assistant manager at The Stevensville Country Club in Swan Lake, NY, died Sunday, August 26, 2012 at his home. He was 69.
Mr. Keysaw was born January 26, 1943 in Buffalo, NY.
He is survived by his mother, Joan Grippen, of Buffalo/ Nunda, NY; his children, James Donal Williams Sr. and his wife, Toni, of White Sulphur Springs, NY, Robin Lynn Nystrom and her husband, Sandy, of Jeffersonville, Derek Keysaw and Christie Keysaw, both of Liberty, NY; his grandchildren, Nadine Vail and her husband Kevin, Shane Nystrom, James Williams Jr. and his wife Tiffany, Brian Williams, Jessie Williams and Brendan Williams; and great-grandchildren, Haiden, Jaden and Mackenzie.
There will be no services.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., Jeffersonville, 845-482-4280.
Wayne C. Fountain, 59
Wayne C. Fountain, age 59, of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hosp., Port Jervis. Memorial services will be held Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY, 856-3312.