Mahlon Russell Cook, U.E., passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 12, 2015, at The Woodland Villa, Long Sault, five months after arriving there from Alexandria Nursing Home.
Mahlon was born September 22, 1926, at Concession 6 lot 5, Matilda Township, to James ‘Orlando’ Cook and his wife Agnes Linda Casselman. He was delivered by Dr. Mahlon Locke.
Orlando passed away in 1934 leaving Agnes with Mahlon and baby Evelyn to raise by herself while keeping the farm running. Mahlon was busy on the farm as well as helping his grandfather. He looked after his mother and her sister, Miss Nina Casselman.
In 1975 Mahlon and his mother Agnes sold the farm and moved to Dixon’s Corners, where Mahlon joined Garry Murphy sales and services. He retired from there and took to doing odd jobs, mowing lawns for people living alone.
October 11, 1985, he married Miss Lynne Cook of Morrisburg at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Morrisburg. They journeyed to Kitchener to see her aunt, then on to Niagara Falls, stopping at Lockport, USA, to see the many locks there. Then the couple went to Whitby Gardens before arriving home in Morrisburg the following Friday.
In 1987, Mahlon and Lynne travelled with 65 North American Casselmans to Germany where they celebrated the 700th anniversary of the town of Adelshofen, where the original Casselman family lived. They travelled down the Rhine River. Eventually Casselmans came to New York State and some fought in the Revolutionary War, then came to Ontario, Canada. Mahlon became a member of the Dundas Cousins where he met a new cousin, Dottie Clark, from near Syracuse, NY.
In 1977 Mahlon became a Charter Member of the St. Lawrence Branch of the United Empire Loyalists. It’s been proven that he descends from 13 Loyalists, Barkley, Casselman, Merkley, Carns, Strader and Loucks, He was also a member of the Orange Lodge
Mahlon joined Lynne in transcribing the data on tombstones in several cemeteries. Often he would dig up a stone that had sunk or was covered up with ground.
He was happiest when he was outdoors, and didn’t know how to read books or watch television. Mahlon and Lynne enjoyed going to Upper Canada Village and sitting under a tree across from the Cook’s Tavern. He enjoyed the flowers and growing raspberries and grapes.
Mahlon is survived by his wife Lynne Cook (nee O’Brien), his sister Evelyn Robinson (Doug) of Elma, his niece Ruth Turner (Brian) of Barrie, his nephew Donald Robinson of Elma and his niece Ann Moore (Stan) of Cardinal.
He was predeceased by his parents Orlando and Agnes Cook (nee Casselman) and his stepfather Roy Casselman.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday from 7-9 p.m.
The funeral service was held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, August 15, at 11 a.m. Cremation followed. Interment of cremated remains will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.
Donations to the U.E.L. Association of Canada would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.