Timothy F Cook, poet, traveler, people person

Tim Cook was one of those people who make a deep impression on pretty much everyone they meet. He was warm, quick-witted, insightful, playfully sardonic, and often totally exasperating. He loved connecting with people and was a well-known poet in the Deaf-Blind community. His email tagline was a quote from Mark Twain: “We go to Heaven for the climate, and to Hell for the company.”

Tim grew up in Burlington. He attended Burlington High School and East Hill Farm School and earned a BA from Gallaudet College.

Tim’s mitochondrial DNA disorder progressively robbed him of his hearing, vision, and mobility. He loved meeting people, traveling, fishing, skiing, reading, chess, scrabble, and the Red Sox, but had to say goodbye to all these things and more as his disease progressed and he became more and more isolated.

Tim weathered the progress of his disease with remarkable grace, and ultimately decided that he’d had enough.  He chose to stop eating and drinking in late May. He was surrounded by family and friends in his final days and enjoyed wonderful support from hospice.

Tim’s ashes will be scattered at East Hill, a school and farm community where he spent some of his happiest years. Donations in his memory can be made to the Lighthouse for the Blind in Seattle, Washington. The Lighthouse oversees Seabeck, an annual camp for Deaf-Blind adults that Tim loved.


Family Information

Tim is survived by his siblings: Dana Cook of Toronto, Allison Cook of Northampton, MA, Polly Cook of Portland, OR, and his little sister Cynthia Cook of Burlington, VT.

Submitted by:

Cynthia Cook
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