The first of an almost set of Irish triplets, Rod was known as protector to his two younger sisters Laura and Amy (henceforth to be called Amybeth). At home, he was more of an ally to his older sister, Lisa. It helped to make things even—Lisa & Rod vs. Laura & Amybeth (more commonly referred to as the single unit, “the girls”). And while he was responsible in his duties as a fine brother, he was prone to merciless tickling (sending and receiving), purple Hermans, noogies, etc. You get the picture, he could at once be your staunchest ally, and alternately tease you as only a brother can. He had a silly sense of humor and would practice baseball with girls (if they could catch and throw), and loved our backyard pool. Although that may have worn-off a bit when maintaining the pool became one of his chores.He loved music and singing, baseball and bowling. We all went to the movies often on Saturdays and we loved spending our holidays with all of our Rondeau, Flanagan, and Alcorn cousins. And though his contact with our youngest brother, Dillon, was infrequent, whenever they were together at family gatherings it seemed as though their conversation picked up where it had left off however many years previous.
About 1979, after a brief stint in the Navy, Rod ended up in Carson City, where our parents had relocated in 1974. In Carson, he was often a part of the Proscenium Players productions—he was perfect in his role as the Chief in One Flew Over the Coocoo’s Nest, as he stood at 6’4”. He worked for several years at Al’s Plumbing and then in 1987, Rod relocated to the Pacific Northwest. He loved it there, too, but returned to Carson at least every year to visit our parents, Daniel and Cynthia Cook of Carson City, and to golf, gamble and generally goof-off. He’d often meet up with his high-school friend, Paul Willman for bro weekends in Carson. Paul and Rod’s other dear friend, Stan Shaff know only too well Rod’s style; he could deliver jokes with wit and timing. He could be loud and boisterous. He never let his family or friends down, always helping to lift those in need, Rod was exceedingly generous.Rod was a presence and a real lover of life—he had a terrific sense of humor, but could be a real cynic too, though. He had opinions about most things and wasn’t shy about sharing them. He sometimes had to hold these in check as he forged a path in his field for over 33 years, working his way up from the stock desk to managing the Bellingham, WA location of Central Welding Supply alongside his good friend and co-worker, Marshall Judy. According to Central Welding’s website, “Rod was pivotal in Central Welding Supply’s expansion into the Bellingham / Whatcom County market, as well as for the growth and management of gas reseller partners in Lower Mainland BC.” More importantly, Rod was a great person “He was dedicated to his staff, dedicated to his customers, and never let either down.” This makes sense, because Rod considered so many at Central Welding Supply his family.
Rod will be missed by his family, friends, and co-workers. He was greatly loved by so many.