Jonathan Ralston Shook, 62, of Rocky Point, died in a tragic car accident Saturday night, December 22, 2007.
He was born in Chicago to Euclid John and Elizabeth “Blossom” Ralston Shook and grew up in Weston, Connecticut attending Staples High School before moving on to attend college in California.
Jonathan will be laid to rest next to his parents at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport, Connecticut. There will be memorials following in Westport, Connecticut and Los Angeles, California.
For those who cannot attend the memorials or want to pay their respects the family is requesting flowers not be sent, but instead, offer a donation made to Buccaneer Gun Club and mailed to P.O. Box 681 Wilmington, NC 28402 in the name of Jonathan Shook.
Jonathan is survived by his son Ryan Weston Shook living in California; and his daughter Shawn and her husband Patrick “Buddy” Kornegay and their two sons Patrick Jr. and Travis in Texas; his brother and sister-in-law Alexander and Barbara Shook in Connecticut; his sister and brother-in-law Dona and Tony Egan and their two children Katherine and Michael in Vermont; his step-mother Florence James Shook in Connecticut and her family; Marlene and Bob Anderson his sister-in-law and her husband and their two married daughters Teri Whittaker and Brenda Parkin in California; Yvonne and Bob Whitacre his sister-in-law and her husband and their son’s and family, Scott and Craig in California; and the many other loving family members and friends.
Jonathan followed in his father’s artistic footsteps and began his studies at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and graduated with a BA from The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Upon graduation he started his initial career in advertising as an art director for international agencies on Madison Avenue in NYC and in Los Angeles. Later, he was co-owner of Shook & Co, a graphic and product design company in Southern California where he lived for over 25 years with his family before moving to St Charles, Illinois and finally settled in Rocky Point, NC. He won many design and art director awards throughout his career and had a love for fine art painting and photography. His passions were sailing and building custom boats. Jonathan also became a skillful sportsman and instructor in Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays winning many competitions throughout California and Illinois.
While his life was cut short Jonathan lived a full life and is to be celebrated for his adventuresome spirit, love and kind-heartedness, and contributions to others. He will be deeply missed in loving memory by his family and friends.
Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099