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John E. Cool is the January Aging Well Award Winner!


We are thrilled to announce John E. Cool as the January Aging Well Award winner. John Cool, at 64, has truly exemplified the Aging Well spirit, and his contributions to the St. Joseph community are nothing short of remarkable.

At the heart of John's involvement is his role as a prominent member of the St. Joseph Community Chorus. Here, he connects with talented individuals from across the country, sharing his love for music and enriching the lives of those around him.

In addition to his musical pursuits, John is a dedicated member of the Writers' Guild. Over the past several years, he has published two books and created works of poetic value. One of his poems even found its way to a musical performance by the SJCC, showcasing the depth of his artistic talents.

John extends his creativity to the Woodworkers' Guild, where he shares and receives inspiration for crafting beautiful and functional works of wood. His passion for woodworking not only produces stunning pieces but also fosters a sense of community within the guild.

Driven by a curiosity about his roots, John actively participates in the Genealogical Society. Collaborating with fellow members, he passionately delves into the exploration of family trees and ancestors, contributing to a collective understanding of our shared heritage.


Last year, John achieved the title of Northwest Missouri Master Gardener through MU Extension, showcasing his commitment to horticulture and environmental stewardship. His green thumb undoubtedly adds to the beauty of the community.

Beyond his community involvement, John wears the hat of a doting grandfather to seven grandchildren, including four residing in Guatemala. Through regular face-time calls, he bridges the geographical gap, proving that love knows no distance.

In every facet of his life, John E. Cool embodies the essence of aging well. His active participation in diverse pursuits, coupled with his generosity and warmth, makes him a true inspiration to us all.

Congratulations, John, on this well-deserved recognition! Your contributions to the St. Joseph community and beyond are a testament to the positive impact that seniors can continue to make in their golden years.

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