John Cocke
1944 - 2021
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John Cocke, was a hoarder of people in every good sense of the meaning. He had a natural and genuine ability to engage, converse and friend many people. Friends were a lifetime relationship for him. He loved life and the people in it and remained grateful for his many friendships until his last day. John passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 after an illness. He was 76. John Wilson Cocke was born October 7, 1944 in Cambridge one of two children of the late Marion and Marjorie (Eldridge) Cocke. His sister was the late Katherine Jones. He was a graduate of Taft High School in Watertown, Connecticut with the class of 1963. He was well educated in the arts having graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Distinction in 1969 and earned his Bachelor's degree from Tufts University in 1972 and later from the Boston Architectural Center in Boston in 1995. He was also an accomplished and published artist with works displayed in greater Boston and the North Shore. John approached life just like painting. He drew the lines with hope...erased the errors with tolerance...dipped the brush with lots of patience...and most important he colored with love. John held various teaching positions in Somerville, the Harvard Extension, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and as an Art Substitute Teacher for the City of Boston. He attended the Church of Christian Science in Belmont and he was an active and much respected member of the The Retired Men's Club of Arlington (RMCA) ('Singing Grandpops') group which organized itself from St. Camillus Church in Arlington. John shared eleven wonderful years with his wife, Karen L. Matthews. He is also survived by his cousins, David J. Cocke, J. Estes Cocke, Albert K. Cocke, Maria Cocke Mitchell and Anne S. Williamson. Family and friends will honor John's life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, March 19th from 4 to 7 pm at The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. His Funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 10:30 am in St. Camillus Church, 1185 Concord Avenue, Arlington. Burial is private. Those wishing to view John's Funeral service on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. please visit this link: In lieu of flowers, memorials in John's name may be made to RMCA, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02476. John's online tribute and guest register available at

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Published in The Belmont Citizen-Herald from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2021.
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April 5, 2021
John always greeted me warmly at church. it was always a pleasure to see him there and his wife Karen . Mywife Sally and I treasure the painting o his that we have in our living rom and we will fondly remember him and his considerable talent
Msrshall McCloskey
March 17, 2021
So sorry to hear about John . He was always a gentleman to me and may he rest in peace

So sorry he did not get to enjoy his new home for long.


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Gail Tavener
March 17, 2021
Your Cocke cousins will especially miss you on Thanksgiving, but we are thankful for all of the times that you came down to visit us and we could get together!
Maria Mitchell
March 2, 2021
He is now resting in peace
Lorraine Butler
March 1, 2021
To Karen my condolences. To John my Friend Rest In Peace.
Edward Eaton
February 28, 2021
John was an enthusiastic member of the Singing Grandpops. He loved bringing smiles to residents of the nursing homes, senior centers and hospitals where we sang. He will be missed.
Tom Woodbury
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