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COCKS, Ian

May 11, 1944 – Edinburgh, Scotland
August 07, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Ian Cocks beloved husband of Evelynne Evans Cocks of Calgary, AB passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the age of 70 years.

He made a difference. Ian made a difference by how he made you feel. It’s known that no one will remember you by the things you do; no one will remember you by the things you say. But, people will remember you by how you make them feel. This was Ian’s gift to us and the heart is like a treasure chest that’s filled with souvenirs where we will keep those special feelings and memories of the difference he made – and there are many. Ian Derek Cocks, born May 11, 1944, (Edinburgh) travelled with his family at age 8 aboard the Empress of Scotland to begin a new life in Canada. As a young scholar he was destined for a career in sales and entrepreneurship. Like all beginnings, Ian’s successful career was never easy. As a dedicated employee, Ian found himself at his prime with an uncertain future when he moved to Western Canada. Standing tall, he looked forward and never back. Ian began to master his craft in building relationships and committing long hours to serving customers. The legacy he leaves is a personal brand that is valuable not by financial measures, but by his reputation and credibility as a business partner and entrepreneur. Ian was authentic and a role model for the rest of us to follow. Those that he served trusted him as a partner, advisor, educator, and friend. While Ian worked hard, he was rewarded and enjoyed exploring the world, travelling by cruise ship, and residing away from Calgary winters. He enjoyed fine wine and scotch, his fine Ev’ie, his family and dear friends, loved the pleasure food could bring, the game of golf, and, of course, the 5pm martini. After a very courageous battle with cancer, we now know he suffers no longer and we can cherish him with care in our hearts.

Ian is survived by his loving wife Evelynne Evans Cocks; son Erik (Cindy), daughter Cathy (Andrew) Burgess, Paul Evans, brother Malcolm (Donna) Cocks, grandchildren Elizah, Madison, Matthew and Chloe, great grandchildren Avery and Dawson, sisters-in-law June Bennett and Betty Ann “BAB” Taylor, brother-in-law Albert (Isobel) McKay

Ian was predeceased by his father Ronald George Cocks and his mother Minnie Cocks (nee Fish).

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Ian Cocks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Andrew Burgess :

    Words could never be enough to express how I feel about the friendship, love, and influence I received from Dad. I’m a grateful man for all that he shared and the trust he bestowed for so many years. He reminded me that you don’t have to be a father to be a dad and this helped me with my very special relationship with Elizah. While I knew this, he showed me what it truly meant – every day.

    The countless hours chatting about life and of our families will be missed – I will treasure those moments. I’m influenced by few and, just when you think you are the man you are, he found a way to mould me yet again. His desire for harmony with others without confrontation is a lesson that I’ve taken and when I feel the urge to make change with others, I will pause a little longer and reflect on “what would Dad do?”

    While I’ve already lost my parents many years ago, Ian and Ev’ie embraced me into the family where I felt part of something much bigger and important again. That’s a true, unselfish gift which I will never forget and be forever grateful.

    Ian had a way of making you feel important. And, he did that by making a special, long journey to celebrate my MBA convocation. Thank you to both of you, mom and dad, for taking such an interest and making the end of my quest a memorable one. I’m very proud and honoured to share something so important.

    Dad, I will miss you. You’re always in my thoughts and in my heart.
    Andrew

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  2. Gail Whiteford :

    It is a hard time to say goodbye, even when the one you love leaves. It is even harder when, in your hearts, you know the time is right. There is never truly a right time to say goodbye, but this time for Ian, must have been right. My thoughts and prayers go out to you today. Remember the good times and hold them in your heart.

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  3. Malcolm Cocks :

    I miss my brother already, the bi-weekly phone call with the joke of the day, the times we had on wine trips on the way to Las Vegas, smoking a fine cigar on the condo balcony in Kauai, the many Christmases in Calgary, I’ll sip a fine single malt my brother and toast you well. Love you bro.
    Malcolm

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