Saturday, January 28, 2023
11:00am - 1:30 pm (Eastern time)
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Starts at 1:15 pm (Eastern time)
Paul Edward Rook, 73, of Sawyer passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Corewell Health South Lakeland, St. Joseph.
A gathering will be held on Saturday, the 28th of January 2023, at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman. There will be a Family and Friends Visitation from 11:00am to 1:15pm followed by a Eulogy & Prayer from 1:15-2:00pm. Online Condolences accepted at www.PikeFH.com
Paul was an avid nature lover whether walking in the woods, watching sunsets, or observing activity in his bird feeders. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, the family has asked for tax exempt donations to be made in his name for the Deer Creek Open Space Association (donation details below).
Hard work, fairness, congeniality, and love for family and friends make up the person that was Paul Edward Rook. He arrived on this earth in 1949 seemingly with a mission to make the world a better place for those around him. Raised in Blue Island, Illinois, he and his four siblings were products of the area’s Catholic school system. After a stint in the army, Paul graduated from college in engineering and entered the job market where his fierce work ethic and people skills eventually led to his becoming the CEO of AAA Sales & Engineering Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was loved and respected by his peers and employees for decision making that was both considerate and fair.
Along the way, Paul met Mary Riley who became his wife of 49 years and was blessed with two children, Colleen and Kevin. Providing for and loving them became his priority. More recently, two grandchildren, Brea and Albus, from Kevin’s marriage to Jess Fallon had become Paul’s focus. When talking to him, one could be sure that the most recent photos and videos of them would be on the agenda. This love for family and consideration for their welfare and that of others are defining characteristics of Paul’s legacy.
After retiring and moving to Sawyer, Paul continued to contribute to the betterment of his world. He served for 5 years on the Shorewood Hills board as vice president and was a member of the Chikaming Township Zoning Board. With his quick smile and ready wit, Paul seamlessly became part of the Shorewood community, rapidly making many new friends with his uncanny ability to remember names. He loved getting people together for parties, game nights, or a drink or two.
In the past year, Paul’s determination and positive attitude while fighting an onslaught of setbacks from a double lung transplant and cancer therapy were an inspiration to all that knew him. His body finally gave up the fight, and he passed peacefully after being surrounded for several days by immediate family and life long friend, Bob Blouin. His presence and love will be in our hearts regardless of his passing from this world.