Salem, MA — Mr. Chester W. “Chet” Cook Jr., 78, of Salem, died on Friday, September 27, 2013, at Massachusetts General Hospital, with his loving family at his side, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Jean (Beauvais) Cook, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.
Born in Boston, he was the son of Ethel Cook, of West Roxbury, and the late Chester Cook. He was raised in Boston and Medford, and was a graduate of Roslindale High School. Chet and his family had lived in Lynn for 17 years, before moving to Salem 35 years ago.
Chet was a proud Army veteran of the Korean War.
He had worked as a systems analyst at the former Lynn Hospital, and then for Atlanticare and North Shore Medical Center. During his service to the hospital, Chet installed the first computer in Lynn Hospital.
A man of keen wit, Chet was known as “Mr. Fixit” to his grandchildren, because of how he enjoyed tinkering and of his willingness to help others. He was a member of the Mayflower Society, and a former Little League coach in Lynn, as well as a former treasurer of Salem Youth Hockey. His greatest joy came from the time that he spent with his family.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Robert Cook, of Salem, and Michael Cook and his wife, Linda, of Seymour, Conn.; a daughter, Christina Espinola and her husband, Joseph, of Peabody; a sister, Carol Cook of West Roxbury; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Cookke Mazurkie of Rhode Island; a son-in-law, Dr. Andrew Mazurkie, of Rhode Island; seven grandchildren, Brad Sullivan and his wife, Heather, Amanda Lemieux and her husband, Matt, Jamie and Chloe Espinola, and Harry, Grace, and Annie Mazurkie; two great-grandchildren, Jackson James Cook Sullivan, and Joshua Lemieux; and his beloved dog and constant companion, Buddy. He was also the father of the late James and William Cook, and the brother of the late Margaret Cook.