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.