COCKERHAM Robert E. Cockerham, 80, of Big Pine Key, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family after a battle with cancer. He was born in Shelbyville, IN but has lived in the Keys for 55 years. He loved the Keys and became quite a self proclaimed historian of the local history. Bob honorably served 6 years in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean war. Before his retirement he was a manager with Public Gas Co. in Islamorada and Marathon for several years. Bob was one of a kind and will truly be missed. He is survived by his sister Angela (Don) Shaw and nephew Mark (Sherrie) Smith. The family thanks Mark and Nora Sweeting, Don Molick, Bob Forester and Nan Leonard for their friendship, loyalty and care during a very difficult time. A celebration of life at sea will be planned for a future date.
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Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on May 25, 2013