Patricia Anne Cockburn

Aunt Pat - mid 1980's

My Maternal Aunt

Aunt Pat 1940-1989

My maternal aunt, Patricia Anne Cockburn, was born 74 years ago this past week on May 23, 1940.  She was my mother's younger sister and was the second of three daughters born to Harold Cockburn and Maggie Donald (week #1) in Hamilton, Ontario.  It's so hard to imagine her in her 75th year as she died from cancer almost 25 years ago at the age of 49. 

From the time she finished high school until shortly before her death, Pat worked in a variety of office jobs.  She married her husband, Jim, at the age of 18 and they had two sons.  Unfortunately less than four years after her death, her eldest son died at the age of 34 in a tragic motor vehicle collision. Pat's first grandson had been born less than a year before her death, so unfortunately he never really had the benefit of her love growing up, nor did the three grandchildren born after her death.

Aunt Pat was so young and full of life; she was fun and funny.  Her great sense of humour is one of the most memorable things about her.  That and her kind, thoughtful and generous nature.  She was a devoted and loyal daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother and friend. She was especially good with children and those who knew her continue to treasure fond memories of special childhood times spent with her.  Pat faced her death with dignity and optimism, intent on leaving those of us who survived her with lasting remembrances of her short life.

"Only an Aunt can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.”

~ Spanish Proverb

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Janet Cockburn | Reply 09.06.2014 11.56

I have wonderful memories of Christmas Eve at their house. The children all did skits. Neal & Jamie did one of Bob & Doug McKenzie, so funny with their accents.

Karen | Reply 31.05.2014 23.36

thanks to those of you who read and comment on my blog regularly - it is much appreciated!

Lauren Naylor | Reply 31.05.2014 17.25

Although I was very young when Aunt Pat passed away, I still think of her often .

Muggs | Reply 26.05.2014 19.47

That was very touching and true.I was feeling sad on the 23rd. Pat missed so much of her family and grandkids.thanks for honouring her on your blog
Love Muggs

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