George I. Cook, Jr., 53 years young, of Gardiner, passed away at home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, which marked the end of his heroic battle with cancer. George was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago and he fought endlessly to regain his strength and ability to walk so that he could pursue treatment and spend more time with his family. \r\n\r\nGeorge was born in Gardiner, Maine on May 22, 1966, the son of Maxine P. (Branch) Cook and George I. Cook, Sr., the youngest of 8 children.\r\n\r\nGeorge attended the Gardiner School System growing up and he was passionate about playing sports, specifically football. George remained a loyal Gardiner fan, always happy to attend a good Gardiner vs. Cony football game and support his home team. \r\n\r\nGeorge entered the workforce and was employed in various lines of work after high school. He later returned to school and obtained his certificate as a nursing assistant. George’s employment was primarily for the State of Maine, working as a Mental Health Worker at Augusta Mental Health Institute. George was devoted to his job and enjoyed the many relationships that he built over the years with his coworkers. He also discovered during his employment with AMHI that he enjoyed being able to help others and enjoyed the bonds he made with clients as well. George retired from AMHI in 2005.\r\n\r\nGeorge and his wife, Kim enjoyed several retirement years together. They took any opportunity they could to rent a cabin for vacations and spend time with their family and friends. George was known for his sense of humor and his protective nature when it came to the people he cared about. He had strong relationships with his siblings and mother. George loved music and dancing. He loved hunting, fishing, sports and history. He was always involved in his children’s school activities whether it was coaching their teams, chaperoning their trips or just showing up to support them in the audience. He was a proud husband, parent, son, brother and friend. \r\n\r\nGeorge had a close relationship with his daughter, Hailey who has been by his side daily during his battle with cancer. Hailey helped make it possible for George to remain at home where he was comfortable so that he could spend as much time with her and his loved ones as possible. George’s biggest fan was his grandson, Jacob Rogers, Jr. who put a smile on his Papi’s face and a twinkle in his eye. Papi was in his glory when he was able to teach Jacob how to fish, play baseball or swim. George also had a special 4-legged canine friend, Antonio who curled up next to George in bed and barely ever left his side during his illness.\r\n\r\nGeorge is predeceased by his wife, Kimberly A. (Smith) Cook who passed away 5 years prior and he missed her dearly. He is also predeceased by his father, George I. Cook, Sr., his sister, Sandra Cady, and 2 brothers; Everett Truman and Dennis Truman.\r\n\r\nGeorge is survived by his mother, Maxine P. Cook of Randolph, his daughter, Hailey Cook of Gardiner, his stepdaughter, Meagan Rogers and her son, Jacob Rogers, Jr. of Windsor, his 3 big sisters; Jenny Kipp and Debbie McArthur, both of Randolph, Tanya McAfee of Gardiner and her husband, Wayne, and his 2 brothers; Bobby Truman of Pittston, and Adam Cook and his wife, Heather of Connecticut; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and so many valued family members.\r\n\r\nThe family would like to thank MaineGeneral’s Palliative Care, Gardiner Family Practice and Harold Alfond’s Center for Cancer. Their compassion, patience and support were appreciated and necessary in the efforts to keep George in his home. We are grateful not only for their assistance with George, but the comfort they provided to his family.\r\n\r\nA celebration of life will be planned for a later date.\r\n\r\nWe ask that donations be made to George’s daughter, Hailey Cook, in lieu of flowers, to assist her with costs associated with funeral and burial expenses.\r\n\r\nArrangements are by Staples Funeral and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website, familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.