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Richard Cook

Richard Cook

d. October 4, 2023


Richard J Cook Jr., “Cook”, age 85, lifelong resident of Philadelphia, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 4, 2023 surrounded by family.  "Cook" was the only son of the late Richard and Rose Cook (nee Rausch)

He is survived by his three daughters Patricia Wattenmaker (Mark), Joan Meehan (Mike) and Diane McGrath, five grandchildren, Jennifer Razzano (Chris) Michael Meehan (Nydia), Dillon Meehan, Dana and Mikayla McGrath, four great grandchildren, Allie DiFeo, Logan Houghton, Phynix and Xander Rios.  He is now reunited with his deceased dog Wolf, and also survived by his two cherished cats, Karl and Alice.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Cook’s viewing on Sunday, October 15, 2023 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at Slabinski Funeral Home, 2614 Orthodox St. Philadelphia, Pa 19137.  His funeral service will begin at 11:30 AM and his burial will take place at a later date. 

Cook was a devoted dad, grandpop, G pop and a loyal friend to both family and friends. He loved ALL of his grandkids unconditionally and had a birthday card readily available and was ALWAYS the first one to arrive at the party.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in May of 1960.  He often told us stories of the close relationships with his mates and that he continued to stay in contact with them throughout the years.  His stories were filled with vivid details of all the places he traveled, that made you feel you have been there as well.  He had recently sent his granddaughter and her boyfriend Justin, who he was very fond of, on a wild goose chase in England to look up places and people he remembered from his good ole Navy days.  

Since his younger years, motorcycles were his passion and love for life.  Not just riding but racing, fixing, and rebuilding them from start to finish.  During his racing career he won many trophies and continued working on bikes for his close friend Cliff to ride in Daytona. Our dad would often say if you’re not doing 150, you’re not living.  

After his early retirement from Crown Cork and Seal., he continued his Education at CCP where he acquired another passion for reading.  He documented each book read by title, author and date.  He was a member and frequently seen at many gun ranges for shooting matches and conversation. He was a proud member of Bridesburg American Legion Post 821 where he was often seen playing Bingo with his daughters and friends.  

He enjoyed frequenting many restaurants such as Old E, Sunrise Diner and Athenian Restaurant. Not just for the food but for the companionship and company that he shared with all staff members at these establishments. 

We want to remember Cook (our dad) aka “Big Daddy Cook” for showing us how to truly live life. Doing the things that bring us joy even if it is not exactly what he had in mind for us.

Arrangements by McCafferty Sweeney Slabinski Barnes Funerals and Cremations, John J. Barnes Supervisor.

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

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