Obituary: Philip Alwyn Cocking

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The funeral service for Phil Cocking, aged 89 years of Market Rasen, was held at the parish church.

The Rev Stephen Johnson officiated at the service and arrangements were by J Marshall.

Phil was born at Market Rasen in 1925.

He attended the Primary School in Willingham Road, before going on to De Aston Grammar School.

As a young man he enjoyed playing sport.

He left school aged 14 going to work at the family butchery business in Market Rasen, where he gained a solid grounding in the trade, but at 17 years, he joined the army underage being moved to Salisbury Plain where he received his training.

He went into the 5th Parachute Brigade of the 6th Airborne Division and saw active service in Arnhem, Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, then going into Germany.

In the June of 1944, he was at Pegasus Bridge, after being dropped behind enemy lines.

When the war in Europe ended Phil was then due to be posted to Japan, but the dropping of the bomb ended the campaign.

He returned home from active service and resumed his work in the family business.

He met his future wife, Eva Needham from Osgodby, in 1951 who was a nurse at Lincoln County Hospital and they made their home in Market Rasen.

Phil left the family business and went to work as a butcher at Tealby, eventually taking over the business and he continued there until his retirement.

Phil and Eva remained at Walesby Road until 1990, when as he retired they moved to Charlotte Close.

Phil and Eva had an active social live and enjoyed dancing, socialising and playing cards.

He enjoyed, in his retirement, spending time with his family and grandchildren, tasked with washing-up and working in the garden keeping it tidy.

Family mourners were: Mr I Cocking and Ms J Yeo (son and partner); Mr and Mrs S Cocking, Mr and Mr C Cocking (sons and daughters-in-law); Miss H Cocking, Mr J Cocking, Mr W Cocking, Mr S Cocking, Miss A Cocking and Mr T Cocking (grandchildren); Mrs M Needham (sister-in-law); Mr J Needham (nephew).

Friends at the service were: B Bonner; F Howsham and family; B Roach; I Smart (also rep the Thompson family); M South (also rep The Laurels and also Mr D Todd); C Brader (also rep S Bryce); Kay Brumpton (also rep D Edwards); S Richardson (also rep M Whitworth); P Bray; Mrs J Sellars (also rep Peter); Allan Bennett; Brian and Andrea Doyle; Miles Hardy and Pat Wood; Sarah Dales (also rep Phil Dales, Rita King); Graham Briggs; Mr and Mrs Spiers; Frank Fieldsend (also rep Mr and Mrs D Goulsbra); Gwen Scott; P Mortimer (also rep Hilda Mortimer, Patricia Donnithorne); M Tindall; V Bray (also rep Charles); M Bray; Mrs Sanderson; Vic and Helen Perkins; Nigel Wakefield; Mr Lancaster (also rep VT Lancaster and Son); Christine Whitwell (also rep Chris Whitwell); Mr J Mundey; Hugh Nott.