Mr J. P. Cocks

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MR John Patrick Cocks, of Treadgold Avenue, Great Gonerby, has died at home. He was 84.

Mr Cocks lived in Grantham all of his life. His early childhood was shared with 18 brothers and sisters and times were sometimes very hard. His mother, Mabel and sister, Lillian, were among the 30 people killed in 1942 when bombs destroyed most of Stuart Street and its air raid shelter and he survived only by chance, leaving the shelter to watch the plane go over. He was only 14 at the time an dspent many months recovering from head injuries in a hospital in Sheffield. He had no home to return to so when he came back to Grantham, he shared lodgings with his father and brother in Dysart Road.

He met Pam when buying a puppy in Cambridge Street and they were married in 1950. They enjoyed 62 happy years of marriage. They had five daughters, Margaret, who sadly died aged 11 weeks, followed by Ela, Jackie, Carole and Joanna. Mr Cocks loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a constant source of pleasure, especially as all his daughters settled in Grantham.

Mr Cocks is survived by one sister, Trissie.

He always worked hard and had many jobs but settled for many years at the East Midlands Electricity Board, working as a meter reader operative until his retirement.

His interests included snooker and horse racing and he studied the odds and was often very lucky. He loved his cars and driving and kept them clean and polished.

He had many friends and was always laughing, joking and smiling.

The funeral service was held at Grantham Crematorium Chapel, conducted by Canon Anthony Dolan.

Family mourners included: Pamela Cocks, Trissie Taylor, Ela and Mike Watts, Jackie and Arthur Whatley, Carole and Paul O’Neil, Joanna and Gio Nespoli, Steve and Sarah Watts, Kelly and Jason Spavins, Katherine Watts and Tim Manley with baby Jasmine, Hannah Nespoli and Daniel Nespoli.

Other mourners included: Ken Gregory, Robbie Simpson, Ted and Marilyn Loynes, Laura Gregory, Amanda Gregory, Rob and Marilyn Pretty, Doreen and Sandra, Steven Bilner, Barbara Footer, Fran Donaghy, Lin Short, Mike Harris, Katy Musson, Angelo and Teresa Nespoli, Gino Nespoli, Micky Nespoli, Rob Dixon, Steve Whatley, Harry Watson, Geoff Watson, Hilda Whatley, Julie Whatley, Gary Davies, Tricia Lambley, Brenda and Bernard Oliver, Nobby and Chris Clark, Victor Smith, Barry Smith, June and Geoff Kirkby, Andrew Brandreth, Nellie Robinson, Terry O’Reilly, Geoff and Geraldine Johnston, Mr and Mrs Porter, June Willmer, Jean Jeffries, Trevor Jeffries, June and George Fielding, Nellie and Pete Shelbourne, Mrs Ashton, Kathleen Duller, Roy and Susan Auckland, Tina Costello, Terry Smith, Anthony Moreton, Wendy and Dennis Walmsley and Mr and Mrs Islip.

Funeral arrangements were by Robert Holland, St Catherine’s Road, Grantham.

Donations were received for the Renal Unit at Lincoln County Hospital.