Binghamton: Athlete, referee, and musician extraordinaire, died on January 5, 2013 following a seven-year valiant struggle with multiple health challenges. Born in Kingston, PA on August 12, 1942 to Edward and Ella Cobleigh, Del graduated from Binghamton North High School's "Tech/Elec" program in 1961 and completed his BS in Mathematics in 3 years while on a music scholarship at Mississippi State University. Following graduation, Del served in the Army Reserves, then returned to the Triple Cities where he was employed for many years at Link Aviation working in the Apollo Space Program, and later at IBM, working in both Owego and New Jersey in the Federal Defense Program. As an athlete, Del played baseball, softball and volleyball on numerous area teams as well as the Empire State Senior Games. He was active as a STAC and CYO basketball referee as well as softball and baseball umpire. As a musician, Del studied trumpet under Bernard Shiffrin, and was invited by Fritz Wallenberg to be one of the youngest trumpet players in the Binghamton Symphony. Del also played with Tri-Cities Opera, BC Pops, European Brass, Mason Warrington, Wally G and the Moonlight Connection, Binghamton Community Orchestra and in many area churches. Del was a life-long member of Boulevard United Methodist Church, and for thirty years sang in its Men's Quartet. This gentle, caring, easy-going friend to all is survived by relatives Sharon Robinson, Merwyn Jones, Gladys Chapple and a close circle of friends who loved Del as family. A Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City. with Rev. Allyson Aylesworth officiating. Friends are invited to arrive at 9:30 for a time of visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Memorial Fund of Boulevard United Methodist Church, 113 Grand Boulevard, Binghamton, NY 13905.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from January 6 to January 8, 2013