John Cochrane

John Cochrane

John Archer


July 26, 1916 – July 1, 2013

It is with sadness that we announce John Cochrane passed away at Vernon Jubilee Hospital on July 1st at the age of 96 years. He will be greatly missed by his circle of friends in Vernon and his extended family for his quick wit, his friendly smile and his positive attitude toward life. He will be remembered by his eight nieces and nephews and their families. John leaves to mourn: his nieces: Mabel Appleyard (Reg), Barbara Garside (Richard), Carol White (Cliff), Beth MacGougan (John), Marion Murphy(Dan); and his nephews: Jim Lowen (Laura), Craig Lowen (Sheila), and Linden Cochrane.

John was born in Coronation, Alberta, to Mary and Linden Cochrane. He had three older siblings: Ethel, George, and Amy, and two younger brothers, Edward and Arthur. He has out lived all of them and is in that respect the last of a family of pioneers who came west from Ontario seeking farming land. John was educated in the local Lucerne School and was known throughout the district for his ability to play lively music on the violin at dances. He loved music all his life and was often found singing and playing on his keyboard. One of his great joys in the last few years was to be involved in the project out at Coldstream Meadows where he taught a youngster how to play the banjo and supported the idea that seniors and children had much to offer each other.

John moved from Coronation, eventually settling in Edmonton where he had a refrigeration repair business “Cool Flow”. He married Laureen Clegg and they had many good times together, enjoying square dancing and trips in their trailer. After Laureen died he was lonely for some time until he met his second wife Marlene Mahon at a square dance event. They travelled back and forth between Arizona and Edmonton and then decided to make their home in Vernon. John loved the small town, friendly feel of Vernon. Unfortunately, Marlene died of a tumor behind her eye not long after they moved to Vernon. In his last years, John had been supported by a wide circle of friends, from the Schubert Centre pool players, the Rotary group, to people he met in the park, but most especially by Lloyd and Marion Mitchell. The family is grateful for all this help. We admire John’s ability to make friends wherever he was. He will be missed.

The funeral service was held in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, July 4th, 2013. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Edmonton. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at

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