TRIBUTE TO STATE FORESTRY DIRECTOR BARRY COOK
Also today, Gov. Justice announced that Barry Cook, the director of the
West Virginia Division of Forestry, tragically passed away this past
weekend after an accident at his home.
“He gave us so much and he gave so much incredible expertise to many. Way
beyond forestry, he was a really good man,” Gov. Justice said. “I had the
opportunity to get to know him and the great work he’s done.
“This stuff is just sad, that’s all there is to it,” Gov. Justice
continued. “His situation, you know, a man with so much life in front of
him, and for his family and all of his loved ones, I just hate it. Any
life that we lose is a life gone too quickly. But, I’ll tell you, we lost
a good, good guy in Barry.
“Cathy and I are just pleading with everyone to keep that family in your
thoughts and your prayers.”
West Virginia Secretary of Commerce also offered his condolences Tuesday.
“Barry was a committed, dedicated employee who embraced the mission to
protect and preserve our forests and all the value they bring to our
state,” Sec. Gaunch said. “He will be missed by his family, the employees
of the Division of Forestry and all who knew him. Please respect their
privacy during this difficult time.”