Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, May 21, 2018

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.