David C Cockerham

David C Cockerham

David C Cockerham

April 22, 1954~September 04, 2019

He was preceded in death by his father Charles Cockerham and mother Doreen Cockerham.
Survived by his wife Rebecca Cockerham, siblings Steve Cockerham, Carol Miller, Rick Cockerham, and Tammy Balogh. Daughter Tracy Finkelstein and grandchildren Alexis and Brody Finkelstein.

David was born in Margate England at home on April 22, 1954.
He lived in many different places due to his father being in the Air Force.
He lived in England, Dayton Ohio, back to England, then to Massachusetts, Hawaii, Grand Forks North Dakota, Yuma Arizona, to Patrick air force base Brevard County Fl, Granby Massachusetts (where David graduated from Granby High School as a basketball star in 1972), then to Tampa.
Tampa is where he met the love of his life Rebecca J Parsons whom he married
45 years ago, on Saturday September 29, 1973.
Then on January 3, 1975 their only child Tracy Cockerham was born.
In 1977 the family moved to Brooksville Fl.
He retired from GTE/Verizon in 2002 after working there for 29 years and made many lifelong friends.
David loved to play basketball. His other hobbies were barrel racing, baseball, guns, music, and watching movies.
He liked to play jokes on people, spending time with family, and laughing (he had the best laugh)
He loved and adored his wife Becky and did everything for her.
He loved his daughter Tracy and his grandchildren Alexis and Brody so much.
He passed away peacefully with his wife holding his hand and family around him at 9:30 pm on September 4, 2019

Condolence

Tracy Finkelstein (Daughter )

September 7, 2019, 12:00 am

Dad I can write you forever, the amount I miss you is unmeasurable. I am so sad. This hurts so much. I will be there for mom as well as the rest of the family. The outpouring of love and support I had been huge. You are so loved by so many. I love you daddy. I hope your jamming out, playing basketball up there. Tell mama, papa, and nana I said hi and I love them. Fly high dad. Love you always.

Jodi Bailey (Friend of Family)

September 7, 2019, 12:00 am

Forever loved, Forever Missed, Taken to soon from a family that loved and adored you. Go be free…free of pain. Rest in Eternal Peace, with Lord, God, Our Father. Amen. 🙏🏻

Judy Biggart (Bible study friend)

September 7, 2019, 12:00 am

I know you are happy and healthy in heaven❤️🐾

Carolyn Sheppard (GTE Supervisor and friend)

September 8, 2019, 12:00 am

David will be miss by all. He had such a playful attitude with all his co-workers. Such a great person to work with and share good times.I will never forget his last words to me “Boss” I know you don't want me do this, but its' my time to choose. God got you David and I know you was ready, rest in peace my friends. I will always remember our friendship and the times we had together. Becky and Tracey you had a gem of husband and father, never forget how much he loved both of you.

Deborah Mothershed (Friend )

September 8, 2019, 12:00 am

David was such a great friend to everyone he came in contact with. If you had troubles or worries he would try to help the best he could. You will be missed my friend.

Jim Singleton (Worked with David for many years)

September 8, 2019, 12:00 am

David will be missed. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. Besides working together I enjoyed going to horse shows with him and his family. Good bye my friend.

Bambi Helms (GTE cafe manager)

September 10, 2019, 12:00 am

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. David was such a dear sweet gentle man. He will be deeply missed.

Jamie Thornton (David’s Chef)

September 13, 2019, 12:00 am

David was such a fascinating guy to talk to. He loved you all so much and his stories made that very clear. It was my pleasure to cook whatever he was craving. (It was a small gesture for a man with a huge heart.) I love you all! XOXO

Robert Gadson, Jr. (GTE co-worker)

September 13, 2019, 12:00 am

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. David provided daily comic relief to anyone that was around him. He knew how to bring smiles to all faces. He will be truly missed.

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