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Ryan Baxter Cochrane


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Ryan Baxter Cochrane
Sept. 3, 1972 - Jan. 4, 2019
San Francisco
"If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I CAME TO LIVE OUT LOUD." –Emile Zola
Ryan Cochrane, extraordinary son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, connoisseur of music and art, and wizard of wit, words, writing and winemaking, passed away at UCSF Hospital on January 4, 2019 after a brave and courageous battle against colorectal cancer.
Ryan lived by a code of conduct which guided him to be a loving, generous, loyal, honest to the core, and kind human being. Above it all, he was hilariously funny. Nothing was sacred. He was a jack of all trades and master of all. His Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners were legendary with an added tutorial on the correct dishwashing technique which only he could do.
Ryan was born September 3, 1972 in Stanford hospital to Catherine and James Cochrane. He was joined thirteen months later by Courtney and 20 months later by Sean. He was raised in Saratoga and graduated from St Andrews School in 1986 and Saratoga High School in 1990. He attended De Anza College and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. After college, he attended and graduated from the Creative Circus in Atlanta which prepared him for a career in advertising. 9/11 thwarted his plans to work as an art director for Bozell in New York and he found himself back in the same bedroom that he was raised because no jobs were to be found. After various freelance and stints at multiple advertising agencies, he found his home and family at AKQA in San Francisco rising to HEAD OF COPY for the agency. He loved and was loved by the AKQA family. They were so kind and generous to support his other passion, winemaking.
In 2008, the recession created an opportunity to try something new. On a birthday trip to Paso Robles, he celebrated with a bottle of wine from RN Estate that changed his life. It was at that point that he decided he wanted to be a winemaker. He volunteered his services to Roger Nichols, owner of RN Estates in Paso Robles, and a new passion was born. Roger taught him everything from the ground up, from harvesting and processing the grapes to the fermentation to the bottling. He made his first barrel of Pinot Noir in 2010 and to no one's surprise, it was amazing. Thus was born RYAN COCHRANE WINES. He was fortunate, through Roger, to obtain contracts through Fiddle Sticks and Solomon Hills vineyards to move forward and he increased his production each year up through this past August where he processed 42 barrels of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the vineyards of Fiddlestix, Solomon Hills, Zotovich and El Encantada . With each vintage, the accolades poured in and increased with the 2016 Pinots and Chardonnays receiving 95s, 94s, and 93s ratings. The 2016 an 2017(not yet rated) have not been released and the 2018 is still in barrel. One of his last comments was that each vintage was better than the preceding vintage and his 2018 would be best yet. He was sorely disappointed he would miss the bottling.
Ryan is survived by his parents, Catherine and James Cochrane of Saratoga, Courtney Cochrane and spouse Michael Ruiz of San Francisco, Sean Cochrane and spouse Sandra Fenzel-Cochrane of Singapore, Jen Kaczor, a shining light and dearest friend, nephews Liam and Luca Cochrane of Singapore and Colm Ruiz of San Francisco. He will be missed by many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends and colleagues in the advertising and wine worlds.
The family would like to thank all the family and friends who supported them throughout this ordeal, especially Drs. Van Loon, Rennke, Calton, Han, Kim and the entire Palliative Care Team at UCSF. They were wonderful, caring, loving and compassionate. A special thanks to AKQA for their extraordinary kindness and support.
A memorial celebration is scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Dogpatch WineWorks, 2455 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 from 1-4. RSVP [email protected] by Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in memory of Ryan Cochrane be made to support Dr. Katherine Van Loon's gastrointestinal oncology research at UCSF. Please make checks out to the UCSF Foundation and on the memo line or accompanying piece of paper, write "Ryan Cochrane Memorial Fund". Contributions can be sent to UCSF, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.
To make donations online, please visit https://makeagift.ucsf.edu, click the blue button that reads "Direct your gift to a specific area". From there donors should type "Ryan Cochrane Memorial Fund" in the box labeled "other" as well as check the box "This contribution is in honor or memory of someone".


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