BELLEVILLE – Philip Joseph Cochrane (Nov. 27, 1962-Dec. 30, 2010), a resident of Belleville, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Belleville Memorial Hospital after a courageous six-year battle with cancer.
Philip was born and raised in Carbondale and graduated from Carbondale Community High School. He held an associate's degree in electrical engineering and a bachelor's degree in business with a minor in information technology, both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Philip had an interest in information technology and followed that in his career. He held positions at Stiles Office Solutions in Carbondale, Micro Technologies Inc. in Belleville and SenDx East Medical in Carlsbad, Calif. (Radiometer Medical, Copenhagen, Denmark). He was the office manager, installer and part-time trainer for medical software as well as doing support for remote technicians.
Philip was one of six children born to the late Philip J. and Mary W. Cochrane of Carbondale. Philip will forever be remembered by his devoted sisters and family, Teri and Tom Morgan of Belleville, Peggy Cochrane of Chicago, Patti and Jim Snapp of Arlington Heights and Helen Cochrane and Kevin Jackson of Fontana, Kan.; maternal aunt, Helen Wasco of Riverside, Calif.; paternal aunt, Helen Vedder of Champaign; and his little dog, Tater Tot too; along with countless other friends and family members who were blessed to know him.
Philip was preceded in death by his brother, John Robert Cochrane; father, Philip Joseph Cochrane; and mother, Mary W. Cochrane.
Philip had a lifelong interest in cars. He loved drag racing and built and maintained his own race car, building model cars, and driving (Philip would volunteer to drive anyone anywhere just to get behind the wheel). "Driving is my essence."
Philip was a sports enthusiast, enjoying football and NASCAR racing the most. Riding his Harley, his love of fishing took him on many Canadian and local adventures with family and friends, cooking the caught fish, and visiting with his buddies, laughing, having fun with friends.
New passions were Meteorological Weather Tracking, Audubon Society, gardening and home restoration. His inspiration for living and "keeping on" will be our mantra for the blue-eyed man we love.
Philip touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end as he never met a stranger.
Friends and family are invited to attend visitation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Walker Funeral Homes PC, 112 S. Poplar St., Carbondale, IL 62901-2904; (618) 529-3100.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m.
Philip will be laid to rest with his family members in Champaign. Private services will be held at a later date.
The family requests memorials be sent to: Hospice of Southern Illinois Inc., 305 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62220, toll-free: 800-233-1708; American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018; or VFW National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 756-3390.