It is with sadness that our family announces the passing of Terrence “Terry” Cockrall following a brief struggle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Barbara (née Jackson), and his three children: Frank, Michael (Julie McDonald) and Jennifer. He also leaves behind his six grandchildren: Tyler, Jack, Mallory, Liam, Jocelyn and Sydney, all of whom will miss Grandpa’s legendary pancakes after sleepovers at the family lake cabin. He is predeceased by his brother Chuck, and he leaves behind his sister MaryAnne and his brother Glenn.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Terry had a reputation as an incredibly hard worker and a formidable intellect that served him well in his distinguished career as a lawyer. He always listened more than he spoke, which lead to the most carefully formed and reasonable opinions. He was also the person that many called in times of crisis. He volunteered with too many boards and for too many causes to mention, but he left his beloved city of Edmonton a richer place for his generosity.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the numerous home care professionals who made his stay at home as long as possible. And then our sincerest gratitude and thanks to the incredible staff of the West View Health Centre hospice for the gift of their care and compassion during Terry’s last week of life.
Terry was that type of loyal, dependable, reasonable, and caring person who seems to be of a past vintage, and this is why he will not only be missed so much by his adoring family, but by an incredibly wide circle of friends and colleagues.
A Memorial Service and prayers for Terry will be held at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton at 10 am on Thursday, December 21. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wellspring Edmonton (wellspring.ca/edmonton/), NAIT’s Centre for Culinary Innovation, or a charity of your choosing.