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Gerald Emmons Cookson

June 23, 1943 — February 14, 2017

Obituary for Gerald Emmons Cookson

Calais – Gerald Emmons Cookson, 73, passed away at his home on February 14, 2017. Gerald was born on June 23, 1943 to Henry and Dorothy (McPhail) Cookson in Calais.

Upon his completion of high school, he immediately enlisted with the US Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War and then later served with the National Guard for 25 years, retiring in 1998. He was a lifelong member and former Commander of the Sherman Bros. Post 3, American Legion in Calais.

Gerald worked hard throughout his entire life, he was a Master Electrician and spent more than 35 years with Border Electric. He was a huge fan of the Patriots, the Red Sox, and NASCAR, he loved bowling but was most passionate about hunting. Gerald’s favorite place in the world was Enoch Brook Hunting Camp, watching the Meadow.

In addition to his parents Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude Cookson and his mother and father-in-law, Art and Ede Garland.

He will be sadly missed by his two children, Dana Cookson and his wife Miranda of Robbinston and Kari Kelly and her husband Ryan of MA; his two brothers, Jimmy Cookson of Princeton and Charles Cookson and his wife Maxine; two grandson, Tyler Cookson and Anthony Cookson and a granddaughter Finley Kelly; the mother of his children, Rebecca Cookson; many friends including a very special friend, Rip Noyes and all his bowling buddies at the St. Croix Bowling Club.

In keeping with Gerald’s wishes there will be no service. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.


Air Force

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon

Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

Maine Good Conduct Award

Maine Honorable Service Award

National Defense Service Medal

National Guard
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