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SOUTHINGTON – Dr. John E. Cockayne, of Highland Beach, Fla., formerly of Southington, died on June 5, 2010, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial campus.

He was the husband for 61 years of Geraldine Fitzgerald Cockayne, who survives him, and the father of Father John E. Cockayne and Paula Ann Cusano of Southington. He is survived by two sisters, Jean Scavatto of Enfield and Katherine Karish Litke of Farmington; a grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was born on April 10, 1922, in Southington, son of the late Percy and Catherine (O’Connell) Cockayne. He was a charter member and past captain of the Sons of the American Legion Kiltonic Post No. 72 in Southington. He graduated in 1947 from the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and was the senior dental officer for the Ninth Naval District Officers Separation Center at Great Lakes, Ill. He then became senior dental officer at the naval air station and naval base in Bermuda. He entered a private practice of general dentistry in Southington in 1947.

Dr. Cockayne was a dental consultant at Bradley Memorial with operating room privileges. He also was an incorporator of Bradley Memorial; charter member and past president of the Southington Dental Association; a member of the Academy of General Dentistry; and director of the Greater Waterbury Dental Society, for which he also chaired the peer review committee. He also served on the peer review committee of Connecticut State Dental Association for many years.

He was a charter member of the Mountain Grove Swim Club; past president of the Southington Lions Club; and served for many years on the boards of the Southington Bank and Trust, Visiting Nurses Association and United Way. He was a member of the St. Thomas Cemetery committee, a charter member of the UConn Club, and a life member of the UConn Alumni Association, Greater Waterbury Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Association and American Dental Association.

Dr. Cockayne was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Crafts.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 9 at St. Thomas Church in Southington. Burial with military honors in St. Thomas Cemetery followed.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.