Condolences for William R. Cokins

Mike Mahlock, Alexandria, VA wrote:

Cokins family, I could write memories for days. However, life since high school has gone way too fast and my multiple attempts to find Bill through the years have failed. Just by Googling his name a few times over the last few decades and after reading his recent obituary I discovered that he was always living the life one would wish for an old friend! Pam, Eileen and Becky, I hope comfort comes through memories of Bill’s brilliant mind, all he accomplished and his obvious love and loyalty to you, his family. Even as children it was obvious he had great pride in family. I sometimes tell a story about Bill’s drive, determination and focus. We were sitting in junior high school social studies and the teacher, to prove a point because many students performed poorly on a quiz, asked some of the poor performers (of which, I was one) and some of the high performers where they would be 10 years after high school. Most of the students were lacking an answer. The teacher asked Bill (a high performer) who was picking his teeth with his pencil as he often did, the same question. bill replied: “I’m not sure where I want to be but would expect to be making over 6 figures.” I’m not quite sure many of us even knew what he was talking about in 1978! Point is, I still use him as an example, not just because of that instance but for other reasons also! Bill was a great person who was taken way too soon.



Renee Whelan Kalis wrote:

Dear Eileen and family, I am so very sorry for your devastating loss and the heartache you are all experiencing now. Words can’t even begin to heal the void in your lives you are experiencing now. What an amazing life Bill shared and built with you all. I am sure he has left the world a better place by his many accomplishments and selfless contributions. Please know I am praying for your family and will light a candle today in memory of Bill. Much love, Renee



Judy Cogswell wrote:

Dear Eileen and family so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Bill the love of your life Sending our love and prayers The Cogswell’s Judy, Steve,Julie and Jeff


Kirsten Kent wrote:

Travis and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family Jess. Sending you a big hug and much love.


Amy wrote:

Rick and I send our condolences to you and Mitch and your family.