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Henry T. "Hank" Cocain, of Jefferson Township, passed away under hospice care Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2017, in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 83.
Mr. Cocain was born June 6, 1934, in Scottdale, a son of Robert V. and Alberta (Braun) Cocain.
He was a 1952 graduate of East Huntington High School, Scottdale, and earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Thiel College, Greenville.
He recently attended his 65th high school class reunion.
A longtime Hermitage resident, Hank was an Allstate Insurance agent for 49 1/2 years, retiring in 2010. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon.
An avid outdoorsman, Hank loved to hunt and fish and was a charter captain for 31 years, fishing Lake Erie out of Ashtabula. He was a life member of the NRA and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and a member of Ducks Unlimited, Sharon Social Fishing Club, Sharon University Club and the Benevolent Protected Order of the Elks, Lodge 103, Sharon.
Hank was a Free and Accepted Mason and a member of the Shenango Valley Lodge 810, Hermitage.
He was also a high school referee for football and basketball for 45 years.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, the former Kathleen Holderbaum Nelson; four sons, David (Terri) Cocain of Edgewater, N.M., Tom Cocain of Sharpsville, Jeff Cocain of Denver, Colo., and Steve (Carrie) Nelson of New Stanton; three daughters, Catherine Cocain of Farrell, Jill (Lee) Schmidt of Hermitage and Deana Nelson Haun (Richard Weber), also of Hermitage; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Dr. Robert (Tammy) Cocain and their family of Ventura, Calif.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carole Cocain; his former wife, Lois Snyder Cocain; and a niece, Cathy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice, 3871 E. State St., Hermitage, PA 16148; or to the American Cancer Society.

Henry T. "Hank," 83, of Jefferson Township.
Calling hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday (12-11-17) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday (12-12-17) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Michael Lozano, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, Sharon, officiating. A Masonic service by Lodge 810, Hermitage, will precede the funeral service.
Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on December 8, 2017
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