Jim Cook W10873
May 19, 1977 - March 28, 2023
|JIM COOK OBITUARY Jim Cook May 19, 1977 - March 28, 2023
Fort Mill, South Carolina - James "Jim" Alan Cook, age 45, passed away unexpectedly on March 28th in a boating accident on Lake Wylie, SC, not far from the Catawba Yacht Club where he was an active member. Jim was born in Atlanta, GA, the son of Gary and Joanne Cook. He graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a degree in mechanical engineering. A 23-year employee of Siemens and Siemens Energy, Inc., Jim was a highly respected engineer and subject matter expert in generator design, application, and global order execution. His Siemens colleagues say he was always learning and perfecting his professional skills and will be greatly missed. Jim was also an inspiring and dedicated friend who thought of others first and was always willing to lend a helping hand and do the right thing. He was devoted to supporting his family in every way possible, particularly his beloved daughter, Nora, with whom he never missed an opportunity to spend valuable time, go on trips and search out new campgrounds or hiking trails. Jim loved being on the water and was a passionate rower and sailor. He raced Wayfarer class sailboats in competitive regattas as well as recreationally with his daughter. The two were also avid Onewheel riders who clocked hundreds of miles around their home in Fort Mill, SC, as well as on trips to visit his parents in Venice, FL. Jim is survived by his daughter, Nora Cook, of Fort Mill, his parents Joanne and Gary Cook of Venice, his twin brother Daniel Cook of Miami, FL, and his ex-wife Alicia Cook of Fort Mill, SC. Jim is preceded in death by a brother, Gregory Cook (2021).
The family is hosting a celebration of life on Monday, April 10, 2023 at Living Saviour Lutheran Church, 6817 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226. The family will receive friends at 5:00 pm, followed by a service at 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
•The Catawba Yacht Club, c/o Dan Zakerski, 4904 Sarah Hall Lane, Charlotte, NC 28270
•Charlotte Youth Rowing, https://charlotteyouthrowing.org/donate
Messages of condolence may be sent to https://www.wolfefuneralhome.com/
Published by The Herald on Apr. 5, 2023.
My memories of James Cook go back many years. But one sticks in my mind. It was January 2013, and we were sailing at the lake. James Cook (Cook) always smiled when he was sailing. On this occasion, he was showing a mutual friend how to use the body to counter weight the tilt of the boat for a faster sail ride. I just enjoyed being part of the ride until the mast collapsed, and I fell into the 50º water with the mast on my back and the sails wrapping around me. Cook's instinct kicked in: He didn't get a drop of water on his clothes, yet he was able to get me out of the water and untie me from the shroud that was pulling me down. I remember the splash of the water in my face being cold, but most of all I remember a hand grabbing my back like a jaw clinching with a lot of bite force, and hearing a reassuring voice "JP, I got you." Once back in the boat, we three laughed. Jim always seemed shy to me, never wanting to draw attention to himself. So, the next day at work, I got in early to tell everyone how he literally saved my life. When Jim came in, I started pointing at him, loudly screaming a number of times "There is my Hero, He saved my Life." Jim blushed and smiled.
After that, I always said, I would never get back in a sailboat unless Captain Cook was in it. I knew and know nothing about sailing, but I could tell Capt. Cook had great skills - he sailed and cut through the water like a Boss, and I am sure he taught those skills to a young Captainess. Perhaps one day, I will see those skills manifested again.
I told this story to my mother last week, and she reminded me of a Spanish saying, that Jim is what is known as a "Wolf of the Seas", one that has all these cunning skills and does not get fazed by the uncertainties of the waters. Wolf or No Wolf, Capt. Cook, you saved my life, and for that, Mate, I will always be grateful.
Thank You, and I'll see you around Captain.
JP April 5, 2023
Friends from the Canadian Wayfarer Association
April 7, 2023
tributes from the U.S. Wayfarers here
the USWA Jim Cook tribute album
Uncle Al's photo tribute to Jim
Jim Cook's farewell Whiffle Web front page appearance