Former mayor Cook, 65, dies

Former school principal had moved to South Carolina to be near his grandchildren.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After a long bout with Lou Gherig’s Disease, former Fairfield Mayor Erick Cook died at his home in South Carolina Sunday, April 18. He was 65.

His wife Maureen said the family plans to have a memorial service in Charleston.

“We plan to have a celebration of his life’s service in Fairfield” sometime in May or June, she said.

In May 2005, Cook retired as the Fairfield mayor and as an elementary school principal in the Kings school district in Warren County. He then relocated to South Carolina where he could spend time with his grandchildren.

Cook had served in the Fairfield school district, as principal at South Elementary, the middle school and high school.

Cook’s son Chris said his dad had deteriorated quickly in the last six weeks. What made it more difficult was as his body gave out, his mind was still sharp, Chris said.

A “rock hard handshake” and boisterous laugh, which Chris said used to embarrass him a little, were his dad’s trademarks.

“He was a wonderful man... his personality was so strong and so big,” Chris said. “You couldn’t go into a room and not know he was there. That’s the type of person he was.”

Fairfield Mayor Ron D’Epifanio, who knew Cook for 25 years, said he had a unique way with people and he was loved for it.

“I didn’t know anyone who loved life more than Erick Cook,” D-Epifanio said. “He loved his job as an educator. He probably wouldn’t have retired when he did had it not been for his grandchildren.”

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