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Robert "Cameron" Cochrane

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Robert "Cameron" Cochrane

September 5, 1928 - September 11, 2022

Cameron passed peacefully early Sunday morning in hospital. He leaves his beloved wife of 70 years, Margaret Ann, his children Susan (Jim), Sally (Patrick), Robert, Nigel (Fiona), his grandchildren Elizabeth, Genevieve (Jimmy), Kaitlyn (Roddy), Christopher (Kumiko), Dylan, Sam and Hunter and his great-grandchildren Owen and Imogen.

Cameron was born the son of British medical missionaries in Kalimpong, India where his father was a world leader in the care of those suffering with Leprosy. He attended Christ’s Hospital School in England and obtained his medical degree from the University of London. Cameron and Margaret left the UK in 1957 emigrating to Canada where he completed his psychiatry training from the University of Toronto in 1962. He went on to practice at both the Queen Street Mental Health Centre and the Clarke Institute, Women’s College Hospital, Peterborough Health Centre and Northumberland County.

Cameron’s interests were many, but perhaps his most abiding passion was sailing, or more specifically racing, on Lake Ontario. He and “the boys” were long time members of Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club where they were considered the boat to beat! Cameron was an avid gardener, growing his beloved zinnias from seed each year and his love for butterflies was legendary, stemming from his rambles in the English countryside as a schoolboy. In his final days he had the joy of watching a monarch at the very moment it hatched from its chrysalis before briefly landing on his hand. Cameron’s dry wit, intellect and well of historical knowledge continually amused and amazed his family and friends. He had an answer to every question and he was usually always right!

A special thank you to Dr. Bayer and the caring staff at Landmark and Extendicare Cobourg, Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit.

In honour of Cameron, donations will be gratefully accepted to St. Peter’s Church, Cobourg or The Butterflyway Project (David Suzuki Foundation).


James Wallace - October 6, 2022

Nigel, I am sorry for your loss. I read the obituary and certainly remember your dad racing the C&C 27 Karma II. I have memories of doing spinnaker peels during club races (a sign of competence in my opinion); enjoying your mum's sandwiches and cans of Carlsberg after we crossed the finish line. I also remember the excursion to Georgian Bay with your parents, Rob and our 2 dogs sailing out of our Siren sailboat. Please share my condolences with your Mum and family (don't think I ever met your sisters)

Patricia and Mark Perkin - September 29, 2022

Dear Margaret We were so sorry to hear of Cameron's passing. He was a pillar of strength, knowledge, and happiness for all of us that knew him through St. Peter's May He Rest in Peace.

Alan Scillitoe - September 27, 2022

Dear Margaret: Sending heartfelt condolences; so sorry for your loss. Racing with Cameron on his sailboat “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” was one of the highlights of my twenties. I will never forget your family’s camaraderie, kindness and hospitality over all those years. Very best wishes. Alan Scillitoe

Bryan and Verna Marjoram - September 26, 2022

Dear Margaret and Cochrane family, I will always remember watching Cameron tending to his gardens at Rosewood Estates. He certainly had a green thumb! My mother and I are saddened by your loss. You and your children can reminisce about the many memories you enjoyed as a family. Sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Robert "Cameron" Cochrane September 5, 1928 - September 11, 2022 ~ REST IN PEACE ~

Lynne Ferguson - September 25, 2022

I send sincere condolences at this time from the Gerald and Theresa Ferguson family. We were truly blessed to have the pleasure of seeing Cameron's smile and undeniable zest. The thankfulness is that we have met this wonderful family created by two dynamic people..Cameron and Margaret and look forward to the future. Truly Lynne Ferguson

Alan Butler and Susan Speirs - September 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Butterflyway Project

Chester and Diane Froncz - September 24, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Peter's Anglican Church

Chester and Diane Froncz - September 24, 2022

Our sincere sympathy to Margaret and family. Cameron was delightful gentleman, and we are grateful to have known him. He was knowledgeable, compassionate and sincere. Our condolences to you at this sad time. Chester and Diane

Marlene Callahan - September 23, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear about Cameron hewas such an amazing man Margaret I'm so sorry for your loss I was honored to be your housekeeper at rosewood.

Andrea, Riana and Amanda - September 21, 2022

We are so sad and sorry to hear of Cameron's passing. Our deepest condolences to you Margaret, and the entire family. Sending our loving thoughts, Riana, Andrea and Amanda from Hear Right Canada

Jim Palmer - September 20, 2022

Dear Margaret I am very sorry to learn of Cameron’s passing. Reading his obituary brought back many wonderful memories of your farm in Aurora where there was always laughter, conversation, and music! Although I never saw Cameron at the hem of a sailboat, I knew sailing was a passion. I recall his quite manner, inquiring mind but most of all, I recall his infectious smile and laugh. All the very best.

Juliet Mannock - September 19, 2022

Dear Margaret I am so sorry for your loss. Over the years - ( more than 20!) Cam and I had lots of cheerful disagreements which were always interesting. My favourite memories of you both were summer afternoons sitting on a stony beach and then turning back to explore a small pond for Cam's beloved butterflies. Love and best wishes Juliet

Kathy Rutherford - September 18, 2022

I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful soul. Cameron was a true gentleman, a sparkle in his eye for Margaret and always a smile for all. My sincere condolences to Margaret and family. ❤️

Colleen and Murray Simon - September 18, 2022

Sending our love and.prayers to you and the family Colleen.murray and family

Jennifer Darrell - September 18, 2022

I didn't know Cameron to other by sight but I am sorry for your loss Margaret. I know losing him after so many years together will leave a huge void in your life, especially since he sounds like a man with many varied interests. Undoubtedly there never any dull moments of conversation. What a wonderful tribute to him and his life in his obit. My deepest sympathies to you, your children and your extended family. May they continue to support you during this painful time and may you a take comfort form knowing that Cam's spirit lives on in them.

Hannah Dahlen - September 18, 2022

Uncle Cameron was a lovely gentle soul with a face that burst into a thousand joyful lines when he smiled, so like my mothers (his sister). Always my mum’s favourite brother, she was ripped apart from him during the war. Her long desire to keep us together stemmed from this heartbreak. For me the gentleness and the twinkle of wit in Cameron’s eyes will stay with me always. Sending love to the family and especially Margaret who always held his heart. My mum knew that and was initially quite jealous until she got to know her amazing sister in law. A great man who was understated and both deep and kind xxx

Phyllis Creighton - September 17, 2022

My deepest sympathy to you, Margaret, in your loss of Cameron. Seventy years is an amazing stretch of time to have been together as marriage partners and friends. It must leave you with so many memories. I hope they will bring comfort and joy to you, not just tears and sorrow. I know you were a great support to him in his latter years when he lost mobility. I remember enjoying especially the visit you paid to us in Muskoka, when you and Cam had the log cabin at the beach with its small fireplace. Cam's wit matched Phil's, as did his love of gardening. Bees, wasps, snails, worms, squirrels leaping from branch to branch, Robins, Orioles, Finches, they're all here in our Toronto garden. In Muskoka, a hummingbird flits to flower pots, and loons call, ducks swim across our small bay, and the blue heron visits the point once in a while. I shared Cam's love of sailing, having begun in my father's dinghy at 3, and sailing my Laser from 43 to 81. We were in Muskoka for five weeks or so this summer. Much love, Phyllis

Phyllis Creighton - September 17, 2022

My internet cut out just as I was going to sign off. If you do not get my condolences and reminiscences, let me know, and I will re-enter them Much love and sympathy, Margaret, Phyllis

Jacquie & Brian Neale - September 17, 2022

We will always remember our days at ABYC & racing around the buoys in Lake Ontario. Our condolences to all of the family! Anytime we see a Monarch butterfly in our garden we will remember you!

Araz Kaprielian - September 17, 2022 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

St. Peter's Anglican Church

Lori and Bill Wensley - September 16, 2022

Cameron was an interesting, wise, knowledgeable member of our mutual discussion group, always with an incite full comment and his love of nature was an inspiration to all those who knew him. Our heartfelt condolences to Margaret and family. Lori Wensley

Alison Keenan - September 16, 2022

Dear Margaret I am truly sorry for your loss. I will always remember the twinkle in his eye! The last few years were certainly challenging and both you and Cameron met them with grace and fortitude. Much love to you and your family