Thomas “Tom” Cockwell

Thomas “Tom” Cockwell

Died: 04-16-2023


Thomas Cockwell, 87 of Apache Junction passed away April 16, 2023 at home after a battle with cancer.  He was born and raised in the Ottawa, Ontario area, to Marion and Ernest, and raised with his siblings Jerry, Richard and Barbara.

Thomas spent his early career with the Canadian armed forces before becoming a successful entrepreneur developing and running his own marina for many years.  He moved to the Phoenix area in 1991 and was active in restoring homes and property development for many years.  He eventually retired to the Mesa area, downsizing in 2021 to Apache Junction.

He is survived by his children Tom (Marlene), Jeff (Maureen), and Scott; his six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his siblings Jerry and Barbara.

Thomas enjoyed piloting his own plane, woodworking, camping in the mid-West states or driving into the desert and mountains around Phoenix.  He was a man with incredible work ethic and moral values, deep devotion and was well respected by those who knew him.

Outstanding hospice care was provided by Companion Hospice (Christina and April) from 2022, making his final days comfortable and for which we are deeply appreciative, as we are for his neighbours Tom and Julia who visited regularly.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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6 responses to Thomas “Tom” Cockwell

  1. Bryan says:

    Thank you for visiting when I was younger. I will never forget those memories!
    Love you,

  2. So sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of your dad. Our condolences are with you and your family.
    Linda & Brad Stewart

  3. Condolences to The Cockwell Family on the loss of a Father, Grandpa, Brother..
    Jeff has been keeping close contact with his father with regular communication and being there for him over the last few years while he was progressing with his illness including pain and discomfort till the very end.. Tom Sr was a Proud and Private Man who did not let many in to his struggle. Very proud of the Son he raised, a very good man with a multitude of skills and knowledge. Jeff will miss you. XO

  4. I never met Thom. However I have heard many stories about him from Jeff . How lucky was Jeff to have a Dad that owned a Marina lived across from a ski hill and Dad also had a plane. As the obituary says, Thom was a man with incredible work ethic and moral values, deep devotion and was well respected by those who knew him. May Thom rest in peace knowing that he instilled each of those qualities in Jeff. My sincere condolences to Jeff, Maureen and the entire family. Tony and Dale DeFazio

  5. I am grateful for the support, values and work ethic that I got from my Father and which makes me the person I am today. It’s only at times like this that we really reflect on the influence he had on our lives and the true gifts we have received.
    He did everything his own way his whole life, and I’m so glad he was able to live in his own home until the end. He had always had his bible by his side and read it almost every day. He is now with god and in a better place.

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