Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 11:59:58 :
Thursday, March 9, 1922
Patrick H. Cochrane is dead.
For many weeks the relatives and a small number of his hosts of friends had known that the possibility of his recovery from illness was remote. But this did not lessen the shock of the sad and immutable fact when the end came.
The great sorrow of the community was attested by the throngs of men, women and children who came from near and far to pay their last respects to the man who numbered his friends in every walk of life.
He passed away Saturday night at his home on Bay View street, with the ones who were dearest to him sitting near.
P. H. Cochrane’s success in life was built upon the solid foundation of honesty, a frank and genial nature, and his ambition to succeed through methods that never could be questioned. His ambition was realized. Through successive years he was honored by the citizenry who placed him in public office and positions of trust, and in all his long years of service not one act of his merited or received criticism.
His list of acquaintances included men in high position all over the state, but they were no closer to him than the other friends of humble station.
The honor that was due such a citizen was accorded by officials of the municipal and county governments on the day of the funeral services. Flags on public buildings were lowered to halfmast and a half holiday was observed. The business places remained closed during the obsequies at Sawyer’s Funeral Parlor and at St. Raphael’s church. Not for many years has thee been a greater gathering of mourners than attended the services at the church.
Great banks of floral pieces were carried to Mt. Olivet cemetery, the silent tokens of esteem which came from personal friends and fraternal brotherhoods. The cortege which marched from the parlors to the church reached many blocks.
In the cortege were members of the fraternal orders in which the deceased held membership. They included San Rafael Lodge of Elks, the San Rafael Lodge of Eagles, Mira Monte Camp, Woodmen of the World, Tamalpais parlor of the Native Sons, San Rafael Lodge of the Knights of Columbus, and the San Rafael Volunteer Fire Department.
He was four years a member of the San Rafael Board of Education, two terms president of the California State Assessors’ Association, several years a City Trustee, and sixteen years County Assessor. He was president of the Marin County Bank.
The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lena Cochrane; three daughters, Miss Ruth M. Cochrane, Mrs. Frances K. Sylva and Mrs. Jordan Martinelli. He was the brother of John T., M. F. and Annie Cochrane, Mrs. K. Dowd, Mrs. C. J. Adams, and the late James W. Cochrane, Mrs. Ellen Byrnes and Mrs. Marie Praetzel.
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In the May 5, 1892 issue of the Marin Journal was the following notice: The marriage of P. H. Cochrane and Miss Lena Resiga took place here April 30th. Both are well known and popular young people of this place.
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