James R. Cook, age 67, of North Canton, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019 of a sudden heart attack. He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on October 12, 1951 to the late James and Carolyn (Sherwood) Cook. He was a 1969 graduate of Oakwood High School. Jim was looking forward to attending his 50th Oakwood High School class reunion this coming October. He was the founder and owner of Cook’s Art Supply and Framing in North Canton. He leaves his daughter, Christabelle Cook and sister, Dana Bennett of North Canton. Jim was proud of his service to our country where he served as a US Marine and later in the Marine Reserves. He was employed by the O’Neil’s Department Store in the security dept. before founding Cook’s Art Supply and Framing in 1976. Which he ran for 43 years. His business and his family and friends was what he was most proud. He was one of a few guild certified framers and held many awards for his innovative work and numerous contributions to the Guild’s publications.
Mr. Cook was very proud of his contributions to the local art community assisting students and local artists and sponsoring several PBS programs. He had a great appreciation for all of his customers, he considered them more than customers ... all as friends. He loved his iconic “Red” store in Canton and had a great love of sailing. He had plans to sail around the world when he retired. In his words, “see y’all later, goin’ sailin’”.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 4-6pm at Reed Funeral Home NORTH CANTON CHAPEL, 801 Pittsburg Ave. NW. A brief time of sharing will begin at 6pm.