Brunswick- Arthur W. Cocca, 85, a longtime resident of Carroll’s Grove Road, died peacefully, Friday, March 6, 2015, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, following a short illness.
Born in Troy, June 27, 1929, Mr. Cocca was the son of the late Nicholas and Sarah (Pettata) Cocca and the beloved husband for 58 years of Mary Jane (Brothers) Cocca of Troy who survives.
Mr. Cocca was a graduate of Troy High School.
After working for several years as a clerk for the Albany County Department of Agriculture Audit Control he enlisted in the United States Army on August 12, 1952. Following basic training, he was stationed in Germany and served as a supply depot ordinance officer. He was honorable discharged from active duty on July 21, 1954 and had earned the rank of Corporal (T).
Upon returning home from the Army, he attended the University of Georgia and earned a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Management.
Most recently he had been employed by the State of New York Agriculture and Markets as a Quality Inspector in the Bureau of Horticulture in Geneva and later in Albany. He retired in 1990.
Art was a long time member of the Brunswick Elks and the Wesley Island Fishing Club. He loved the outdoors and Nature and was a gentleman farmer first, growing strawberries and apples and most recently Christmas Trees. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing and golf as well as just sitting and watching the great outdoors with his companion Snuggles, his dog.
Mr. Cocca is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Cocca (George Koch) of Brunswick and a son, Michael A. Cocca (Jeanne Bonner) of Atlanta, GA, two grandsons, Arthur N. Cocca Jr. of Schenectady and Leonardo Patrick Cocca of Atlanta and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son the late Arthur N. Cocca Sr. and nine brothers and sisters.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:15 P.M. at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 New York Route 7, located in Raymertown with family friend Daniel McIntyre, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Monday, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the NYOH Community Cancer Foundations, 449 Route 146, Suite 101, Clifton Park, NY 12065 in memory of Arthur W. Cocca.