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COCHRANE, Paul

November 2, 1944 – Oxford, England
August 4, 2013 – Calgary, AB

The family of Paul Lloyd Cochrane is deeply saddened his sudden passing on Sunday August 4, 2013, at the age of 68, following his recovery from a year of intermittent hospitalization for complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Paul was predeceased by his cherished only child, Cameron Lee Cochrane (1973-1994); his mother & father, Olive and Lloyd Cochrane, as well as his aunts and uncles. He is lovingly remembered by his brother, Trevor Cochrane (Karina); his sister, Michelle Rusk (Cliff); nieces and nephew, Jackie Cochrane, Cory Cochrane (Gladys), Meaghan Cochrane (Matt Yeoman), Danielle Rusk, Geoffrey Rusk (Robin Kusch); great nephews and niece, Louis, Riley, and Sally Cochrane; his cousin Gillian Hook (George) in England with whom he had a great friendship; numerous other first and second cousins in England and Australia.
Paul was born November 2, 1944 at Freeland House, Oxford, England – the country location of Queen Mary Maternity during the London Blitz. It would be a year after our Dad’s demobilization back to Canada that our Mother and Paul would arrive in Halifax in June 1946 aboard the Queen Mary, to then travel across the country by train to Vancouver to be reunited as a family. Following our Dad’s enlistment in the RCAF in 1946, Paul and later his brother would live in various locations in Canada (Vancouver, Ft. Nelson, Ste. Hubert, Saskatoon) and Europe (Trier, London) until the early 1960s. In 1961, the house on Howell Avenue in Saskatoon would become Paul’s first permanent home. He graduated Grade 8 from Holliston School, then attended Bedford Road Collegiate until Mount Royal Collegiate was completed – graduating Grade 12 from Mount Royal. While in School in Saskatoon he was a member of the Air Cadets, and then a member of the North Saskatchewan Regiment Cadet Corps and Militia. In Saskatoon he worked for National Drugs and Star Bottling, and following obtaining his Class 1A licence in the Reserve, he became a truck driver which was the profession he followed in Saskatoon, Toronto, and Calgary until his retirement. He drove for various transport companies including Soo Security – Motorways, Imperial Roadways, and Kindersley Transport. Following his retirement from driving, he became a greeter at a Wal-Mart in NE Calgary which he really enjoyed. Driving was a solitary job and he enjoyed the change to interacting with staff and customers. Following a heart attack, he retired completely and was assisted frequently by his good friends Randy and Joyce Kohut as he struggled with other health related issues. Paul was always neatly pressed and polished, even driving truck, as a result of the early military aspect of his life. He was interested in all things military, particularly fighter jets and flying – even briefly taking some flying lessons in his late 40s. He enjoyed music, reading, as well as watching movies and television. When he was younger he enjoyed going to the mountains or anywhere he would experience nature. The last years of his life were not kind, as he missed his son every day. He made some great friends throughout his life and would do anything for them, and people responded to him with the same warmth he projected. He will be missed by his friends and family, but is now at peace from pain and reunited with the loved ones who predeceased him.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Paul Cochrane, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Bob & Sharon Hayes :

    The Hayes family would like to offer our condolences to the Cochrane family at this time. We are very saddened by the passing of Paul, he was always a friend of ours.

    We are travelling in Germany at the moment are unable to attend the service. Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this time.

    Bob, Sharon, Randy, Ryan, Tanya & Corey.

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  2. With love and thanks for all the good times.

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