Memorial Fund for Ike Cook
Dwight "Ike" Cook died unexpectedly on Feb. 14, 2017, in St. Augustine at the age of 57.
Ike is survived by his wife, Danielle; two adult children, Courtney Gochenour (nee Cook) and Dustin Cook, both of St. Augustine; brother, Michael Cook and his wife Sue Cook of La Quinta, California; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ike was born on May 12, 1959, in Mount Royal, New Jersey, to William and Virginia Cook. He married Danielle Cook (nee Vitola) May 22, 1989. Ike and his wife Danielle owned and operated Ike's Island Ice Cream on St. Augustine Beach from 1989 to 2004. He was currently employed at Manning Building Supply and was a partner in Carrera Wine Cellar since February 2016.
Ike had a wide range of interests and talents. In his youth, he enjoyed drawing and ventriloquism. He owned a large collection of souvenir shot glasses, classic music records, and CDs. He was a fan of movies, especially those from the 80s. He also enjoyed watching many sports, including football, attending many Jacksonville Jaguars games in the 90s and 2000s.
Ike was an exemplary husband and father. He prepared home-cooked meals nearly every night and always insisted that the family sat down at the table to eat them together. He had a reputation throughout the neighborhood for his generosity and dedication to hard work. Beloved by many in the community, he will be missed dearly.