Bus industry remembers insurance broker Sackett Cook

The industry is remembering insurance broker Sackett Snow Cook, who during his long career served many United Motorcoach Association members in the Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region. 

Cook was one of the original members of the Maryland Bus Association and worked with the Pennsylvania Bus Association. He had strong ties with insurance companies and their underwriters, which benefited his clients.

Sackett Cook
Sackett Cook

Cook died peacefully Aug. 1 at Westview on Main in Fairhaven Massachusetts, with his wife of 41 years, Mary Elizabeth (White) Cook, by his side. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Martha Sackett Snow Cook and Benjamin Ladd Cook Jr., president of Starkweather and Shepley Insurance Brokerage.

Cook retired in 2021 at the age of 80, after 58 years in the insurance industry. He handed the reins over to his nephew, Ben Cook.

At the time, he told Bus & Motorcoach News he planned to devote more time to golf and spend most of his time in Boca Grande, Florida, where he has a close circle of friends.

Career built on trust

Cook was an integral part of the passenger transportation industry for nearly 30 years. He was known for his hard work, commitment and dedication. Looking back at his career, Cook told BMN that his clients are what made his work fulfilling. 

“A lot of my clients trusted me and I trusted them, and it was a great relationship. I would say most of them were not only clients of mine, they came to be friends of mine as well, which is an unusual thing in insurance to have that kind of relationship. But we had that,” Cook said.

Cook and his wife, Mary, had seven children, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

During his career, he was a principal at Stump, Harvey & Cook Insurance brokers in Baltimore, followed by Sackett Cook and Associates Transportation Insurance Brokers of Towson, Maryland.

He also devoted time to philanthropic work. In 1987, Sackett and Pam Shriver initiated the First National Bank Cystic Fibrosis Tennis Festival, a long-running tournament featuring professional and celebrity players. He served on the boards of Bryn Mawr School, St. Timothy’s School and Dickinson College.

A memorial service is planned for later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Westview on Main, Regan’s Health Care Services, One Main Street, Fairhaven MA 02719.

Notes of condolence can be left at www.waring-sullivan.com.


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