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William J.

William J. "Billy" Cook

Tuesday, June 25th, 1946 Thursday, June 25th, 2020

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Obituary for William J. "Billy" Cook

William J. “Billy” Cook, 74, of White Plains, New York passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born on June 25, 1946 in Queens, New York to Mary V. (nee Cleary) and John J. Cook. William married Coleen Malloy on July 8, 1978 in South Orange, New Jersey.
Billy was well-known throughout White Plains as an athlete and a business owner. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School where he was a pitcher on the baseball team and was on the last Stepinac baseball team to win the New York City Championship in 1962. After high school, Billy played for Seton Hall University and the Colonial League, the New York metropolitan area’s premier amateur baseball league, where in 1965 his combined college and Colonial League record was 21 – 1. He was also an avid golfer and was the back to back men’s club champion at the Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains in 1980 and 1981. From 2005 to 2014, Bill was the pitching coach at his alma mater, Archbishop Stepinac High School, under head coach Pat Duffy. After serving in the US Army from 1970 to 1972, he worked in the bar and restaurant business in White Plains for 40 years. From 1978 to 1994, Billy was the owner of Cook’s Tavern, he then worked as a nighttime bartender at Oliver’s Restaurant from 1995 to 2002, and then he started a lawn care business that operated until 2012.
William is survived by his wife, Coleen, of Beacon, NY, and their three daughters: Catherine C. Cook of White Plains, NY, Kerry M. Stamp of Beacon, NY, and Erin P. Cook of New York, NY; and three brothers: John J. (Joette) Cook of Dover, MA, Lawrence P. (Suzanne) Cook of New Milford, CT, and Robert W. Cook of Raleigh, NC. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister, Kathleen E. Foye.

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    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York
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    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC, STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS REQUIRE MASKS TO BE WORN BY EVERYONE ENTERING THE FUNERAL HOME; YOU MUST BE WEARING A MASK IN ORDER TO ENTER THE FUNERAL HOME. THE FUNERAL HOME OCCUPANCY FOR THE WAKE WILL BE LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE INSIDE THE CHAPEL AT A TIME. ONCE THERE ARE 50 PEOPLE IN THE CHAPEL, A LINE WILL FORM AT THE FRONT DOOR AND YOU WILL ONLY BE ADMITTED BY FUNERAL HOME STAFF. WE ASK THAT IF YOU ARE ATTENDING, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF OTHER GUESTS AND PAY YOUR RESPECTS AND DEPART IN A TIMELY FASHION, SO THAT WE CAN GIVE EVERYONE A CHANCE TO DO THE SAME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.

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Ruth McDonald

Dear Colleen
I was saddened To hear of Billy’s passing He and my hubby enjoyed so many things golf baseball playing cards He was a pallbearer when Brian died So many Friends gone but hopefully they all are together
My prayers are with you and the girls
Ruth McDonald
Comment | Posted at 10:08am via Condolence
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Maurice Magnotta

I fondly recall the times we shared during the formidable years at St. Bernard’s as we met the challenges of navigating through the discipline of well-intentioned nuns and the awkward sting of pubescence. Billy was an All American boy and a consummate athlete who helped us through those years by leading our 5th grade basketball team, the Jackals, to the championship. Later he brought us many victories from the diamond with his devastating curve ball. He never knew how important a role he had played in getting me through those years, and for this I am forever grateful. May he now rest eternally in the welcoming embrace of our Lord and Savior.
Maurice Magnotta
Comment | Posted at 03:54pm via Condolence
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Larry Cook

Maurice, is Tony related to you? He may have been a year behind me at Stepinac, but I knew him pretty well. Always a great guy. Thank you for you wonderful note.
Posted at 03:49am
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Jennifer Gravely

Our love and prayers are with the entire family. My mom loved Uncle Billy and all of her brothers. I know she was there to welcome him with open arms. Richard, Jennifer, Matthew & Ryan Gravely
Comment | Posted at 10:40pm via Condolence
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Elizabeth Ryan

My mom and Billy's mom were good friends and my earliest memory of him is when our mom's dragged all us kids (Bobby, Larry, Janie and me) somewhere "mall like" shopping. He made me laugh even then and over the decades whenever our paths crossed I could count on him to make a space for me to feel welcomed. We share the same birthday, June 25, now a bittersweet memory. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a special guy in that time of my life when I needed everything that made him Billy Cook
Comment | Posted at 10:28pm via Condolence
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Larry Cook

Elizabeth, I remember you but not well enough and of course I remember my mother dragging me through the stores in White Plains, Macy's especially. I don't remember Billy being involved since he was six and a half years older than I am, so he wasn't doing much shopping with us. I wish you could give me more specifics of our shopping spree.
Posted at 03:54am
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Larry Cook

Elizabeth, I remember you but not well enough and of course I remember my mother dragging me through the stores in White Plains, Macy's especially. I don't remember Billy being involved since he was six and a half years older than I am, so he wasn't doing much shopping with us. I wish you could give me more specifics of our shopping spree.
Posted at 03:54am
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With Deepest Sympathy, Stefania and Lindsay

To the Cook Family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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