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Paul Cook

In Loving Memory

Cook, Paul R.

Cook, Paul R. Tuesday March 12, 2024. Beloved husband of Marjorie S. Cook (nee Smith). Dear father of Jessica Cook. Master of Potato Puff and grand-master of Clementine. Dear son of the late Robert and Lucille Cook. Our dear uncle, great uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend.

Memorial visitation at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5508 Telegraph Rd. (63129), Saturday March 16 at 11:30 am until memorial service at 1:00 pm. Paul was a member of Square Talkers Toastmasters Club. He loved his family and church, and enjoyed teaching, cooking and walking the dogs. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ appreciated.

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  1. I worked with Paul at Purina. Paul was very friendly and always so helpful.
    So sorry to hear this and so sorry for your loss.

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  2. I was so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. He was a delight to work with at Purina. If Paul was involved you knew things would be done right. He was enthusiastic and had such pride in his work. I hope you find some comfort in your memories

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  3. So sorry to get the news about Paul. I really liked him.

    I will not be able to make the trip. Bad back, and a vehicle I don’t trust.

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  4. Paul was a joy to work with. He has been dearly missed by his Purina Team. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything! With Deepest sympathy, Stephanie

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  5. I am extremely sad to learn about Paul’s passing. He was such an upbeat, positive person and always had a smile for everyone. I worked closed with him at Purina to develop some specialized training. He did a GREAT job. I will truly miss him.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear this. Paul was always so nice and always remembered my name whenever he saw me. My prayers are with his family.

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  7. Paul and I would also discuss the UCC at work. He sat two cubes away from me. We enjoyed singing with the Datatones. He always brought in yummy items to share. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

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  8. Marge and Jessica, I’m shocked and saddened at hearing of his passing. Always admired him! He was a great friend an a faithful servant of God. My prayers are with all the family!

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  9. I’m so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. The man was a treasure at Purina and I greatly enjoyed working with him. We all learned from Paul. He leaves a legacy of knowledge and expertise in our organization and will be missed.

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  10. I was shocked to hear of Paul’s passing. I worked with Paul at Purina for a number of years. He and I were partners managing the Datatones singing group at Purina. May God give his family peace and strength at this time.

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  11. Some sad news indeed, Paul was always a pleasant guy to work with, smiling often, and a good trainer too. He will be missed.

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  12. Marge & Jessica, I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was definitely one of the “good guys”. He always had a smile and friendly greeting. I always enjoyed his Sunday School classes and deep knowledge of the Bible and history. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  13. I’m so sad to hear about Paul’s passing. I met him through Purina’s Square Talkers club, but I knew of him long before I joined the club – he was a Purina celebrity! He was president when I joined (during COVID/WFH times). Even through virtual meetings, you could always feel Paul’s warmth and energy. Paul was so caring, so knowledgeable (about Toastmasters, about technology, a lot of things), yet he was so humble in his knowledge and the way he shared it with others. He will be deeply missed!

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  14. I was so sorry to hear about Paul. We had a long friendship at Purina working together on many projects. He will be missed at church and by his family and many friends. RIP Paul. I know you’ll be watching from above. God bless.

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  15. I’m so sorry to hear Paul passed. We were in Square Talkers together for many years. Paul was always upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic about life. Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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  16. Shocked and saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I worked with him at Purina and he was always a bright light with a smile, full of cheer and helpful to all.

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  17. A gentleman. Thoughtful and kind. Paul would always stop and say hello and offer supportive words at Purina, almost as if he could sense when you needed a lift. May God bless and keep Paul and his entire family.

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  18. Dear Margie and Jessie , deepest sympathy to you both. so very saddened to hear of your loss. We will be praying for your beautiful family. If there is anything we can do please let us know.

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  19. Paul was always kind and caring for sure. Always had kind words for others and was the first to volunteer to help. His spirit will be much missed.

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  20. The best word I can think of regarding Paul is genuine. He genuinely wanted everyone in his world to be their best self. Guiding us through technology, leading us in Toastmasters & patiently bringing us to our Heavenly Father. Paul was always genuine. I am a better person because Paul believed in me always.

    My heart goes out to his family. It is my hope that reading all of our sincere words will give you comfort.

    I believe Paul is still being genuine, guiding all of us from his beautiful home now in Heaven. I can see his smile now as God has welcomed him home.

    Job well done Paul, thank you my dear friend.

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  21. Enjoyed Paul’s awesome bright spirit in the hallways of Purina. He was always smiling even when things didn’t go the way they were planned.
    You never walked away from Paul with any other feelings or emotions but happy-joy-fun-playful! Sad to hear his time in this world is shortened. He made the world a better place for sure!

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  22. So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. He was such a delight to work with and was a wealth of knowledge. He taught me a lot in several different areas. His presence when you saw him was a bright light. Rest in Peace buddy.

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  23. Paul and I worked together at Purina. He was one of the nicest people I knew on campus. I could always count on Paul to assist with any Excel questions. My deepest condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  24. Sincere condolences to Paul’s family. I worked with him for many years at Purina and he truly was one of the most Happy Upbeat people you could have the pleasure of knowing and working with. RIP Paul

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  25. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Paul at Purina for many years. He always had a pleasant smile and a great spirit. Paul was always willing to assist when needed. He will be truly missed. Praying that God gives the family comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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  26. So sorry to hear this news. He just had a genuine & kindhearted soul. He remains one of nicest people I have had the pleasure to work with during my many years here at Purina and he will be missed by many.

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  27. I’m so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. We worked together for many years and we built a genuine friendship. His love for his family and his devotion to God was immeasurable. He was an awesome person and will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences.

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  28. Sorry for your loss. Paul was always kind and very helpful whenever he was asked. I enjoyed being in his classes at Purina. He will be missed

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  29. I remember Paul as the teacher, he was always pleasant, very knowledgeable, patient, quick with a smile and a joke to put people at ease. My condolences to all of his family and friends.

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  30. I am very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We were classmates in High School (Southwest ’79) and later worked at the same company (Nestle Purina). When I think of Paul, I immediately see his smile. He was very kind, professional and talented. My deepest condolences to his family, I will keep you in my prayers.

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  31. Paul had such a kind spirit anytime I saw him around campus at Purina. I also enjoyed every class he taught as he was an excel genius. My prayers and condolences to Paul’s family. He will truly be missed. God bless you all.

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  32. We were so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. Bill & I knew him from Purina. He always had that great smile. And, Paul was always ready and willing to help anyone.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  33. It’s hard to believe and truly shocking. I remember meeting Paul over a decade ago at Purina, and his active and energetic personality always stood out. He will be greatly missed. Sending my best wishes to his family during this difficult time.

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  34. The shocking news of Paul’s passing left me breathless. Paul was always such a friendly and truly caring person. Anything he went into, he dove in completely with great enthusiasm.

    We first met Paul and Margie at Calvary Presbyterian, the first church we joined when we moved to St. Louis. Then they were blessed with Jessica. They are such a loving and caring and talented family. Later both of our families joined St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Paul has been a huge asset to our congregation.

    Paul and I had great fun working together on the trip to Shannondale. We worked very hard to clean every inch of that basement kitchen after it flooded.

    Sending our love to Margie and Jessi. Please call on us for anything. Paul will be greatly missed by so many.
    It was a labor of love.

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  35. I am so sorry for the loss of such a dedicated and sweet man. I attended many computer classes that Paul taught at Purina over the years and he was always so patient and kind to everyone. He was always willing to help even if it meant making a trip to our desk. He stayed until he had our questions answered or until he solved whatever problems we had. He’ll be remembered as a man whose smile and laugh could brighten a person’s day. My sincere condolences to his family. RIP, Paul!

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  36. I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Family, faith, and church were such a big part of his life. He taught a Sunday morning Bible study class and volunteered any time there was a need at church. He was so dedicated to Saint Pauls, his loss will be felt by many. Margie and Jesse you will be in our prayers.

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  37. Teacher, mentor and gentlemen, one of the nicest people I have known in Purina. My guiding light during or Toastmasters (Square Talkers) Club presidency. The void which Paul leaves behind will be very hard to fill. Rest in peace. Sincere condolences to Paul’s family and friends.

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  38. I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing

    Paul was a great guy and much loved co-worker at Purina. He contributed so much to Purina. He will be greatly missed.

    My prayers and sympathy go out to his entire family.

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  39. Such a caring soul… Always had a smile and a kind word. Part of the Purina family for many years, Paul was a delight. He’ll be missed by so many.
    God’s peace to Paul and all who loved him.

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  40. So sorry for your loss. Paul was a great, “one of a kind” person, who always brought a smile to your face. I knew him for many years at Purina. He will be missed. With deepest sympathies.

    Sue Denigan

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  41. I am truly saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I enjoyed working with him on Toastmasters projects, especially the spring conference just a few years ago. He was fun to be around, whether in person or online: always kind, helpful, and enthusiastic. District 8 Toastmasters won’t be the same without him!

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  42. I can’t believe it either, I saw him that Sunday when I was leaving after a doughnut or two. He will be missed & my sympathy goes to the family.

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  43. Marjorie and Jessi… I don’t know what to say. I’m in shock. We were on the training team together and we had so many “talks”. Paul was a kind, intelligent and loving man. He loved you and Jessi so much and was so proud. I hope time will help you both have a smile on your face whenever you think or talk about Paul. May Paul rest comfortably with Jesus and have never ending M&Ms!!!

    Patti

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  44. Paul was a very caring person, always had a smile on his face and always wanted to know how your day was going. Paul asked me often about my brother when he would see me at work and always offered his kind support. He will definitely be missed by many.
    God’s peace to Paul and the Family!

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  45. Marge and Jesse,
    Memories of Paul at Kirkwood UCC came flooding in when I heard the news of his passing! He was always helping at church, especially in the kitchen. What a kind and caring person Paul was…doubly caring for you, Marge and Jessie.
    May God bless and keep you in this time of loss and comfort you with the knowledge that Paul is safe “at home” and with many happy memories of your days together.

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  46. I am very saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Such a genuinely kind man. I learned a lot from him during my early days at Purina. I will never forget his positivity and contagious smile.

    I hope Paul’s family finds comfort knowing how many people’s lives he impacted for the better.

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  47. I’m stunned to hear this news. Paul was always smiling and always there to help…regardless of the question. At Purina he helped me on many occasions virtually as I’m located in the field. I may not have always seen his smile in person, but even today I ‘hear’ his smile as I remember his kind and encouraging voice. My sincere condolences to the family – Paul will be missed, but always remembered.

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  48. My prayers and condolences to Paul’s family. Paul was a great colleague. He was kind, funny, and extremely helpful. His positive attitude and smile will be missed.

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  49. My deepest condolences to Paul’s family. Paul’s passion for teaching and his kind spirit was evident daily at Purina. He was never too busy to acknowledge you with a kind word or help with an IT problem. or question. He was a pleasure to know.
    So sorry for your loss.

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  50. Put simply, Paul was a light. I doubt anyone left a conversation with Paul without smiling. The news of his passing was shocking given his recent retirement. I pray the memories made throughout the years will provide us all with comfort. The world has dimmed a bit without him in it, but perhaps together we can all keep his light alive by exhibiting the qualities we loved and remembered most. For me it was his kindness, his smile, and his willingness to help all.

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  51. Paul was one of the most genuine and happy individuals I knew. He works always put a smile on your face as we worked together or just passed in the hallway. He will be missed by so many. We are all thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  52. Heartbroken to hear of Paul’s passing. Such a special guy who touched so many with his kind, caring heart & radiant smile. May cherished memories bring comfort at this time of great loss.

    My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Paul’s family.

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