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John B Cookson

Obituary for John B Cookson

May 17, 1935 - October 10, 2019
Hanson, Massachusetts | Age 84


May 17, 1935 – October 10, 2019 I Age 84
John B. Cookson Jr. of Hanson, age 84, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of October 10, 2019. John was the devoted husband to his beloved wife Helen for 64 years. Son of the late John Burton Cookson and Martha Simmons Cookson. Father to son John B. Cookson III and his wife Kathy of Hanson, daughter Cynthia Cookson and her companion Bobbio Sallaway of Braintree, and daughter Vicki Cookson and her fiancé William Metcalf of Hanson. Grandfather to Jeffery Bowman (Tammy), Janel Smith (John), Mathew Rabinovitz (Jess), and John Cookson IV. Brother to Janet Hobill and her husband Norman of Pembroke. Survived by his many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. Welcomed to heaven by his grandson Sean Bowman along with many siblings.
John was born and raised in Rockland, Massachusetts before moving to Hanson where he resided for the past 64 years with his wife Helen. John and Helen were a beautiful example of the unconditional love between husband and wife. John served in the United States Army which included a tour during the Korean War. John worked at HH Arnold until retirement upon which he consulted at GEM in Hanover, MA. John wore many hats over the years including a position as the Board Director for the Hanson Athletic Association, a member of the Model T Club, a Cub Scout Leader, a baseball coach for eight years his son's team, a volunteer lieutenant firefighter for the Hanson Fire Department, and a Mason of the Wampatuck Lodge. John was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Hanson including pie making with the youth group and involvement with the men's supper.
When John wasn't in his backyard or barn playing on his tractor or working on a project, he was enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He especially loved spending his free time at his Cottage on Cape Cod. John loved camping in the converted bread truck and dancing to Bad Bad Lee Roy Brown with his bride. John had a love for life and Elvis. He started his day with a cup of coffee and songs of praise and would end it holding Helen's hand and saying, "We did good, Helen." He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus. Psalm 23 was his favorite Scripture passage- especially in his last hours. As we say goodbye to John, we hear the words of our Lord: "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).
A Celebration of Life for John will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the First Congregational Church, 639 High Street, in Hanson at Noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's honor to the Maids & Matrons of the First Congregational Church, 639 High Street, Hanson, MA, 02341. Or, donations can be made to The Alzheimer's/Dementia Association of MA/NH by clicking on the following link:

God Bless.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Alzheimers Association of Massachusetts
    309 Waverley Oaks Rd
    Waltham, MA 02452

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