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Ronald Kenneth Cochrane

Ronald Kenneth Cochrane

20th March 1933 - 29th December 2020


Ron passed away peacefully at St John of God Bendigo Hospital on 29 December 2020 aged 87 years. The oldest living male Cochrane of his family.


Ron was born in Ballarat and married Lorna O’Brien (dec) in 1956. Ron spent six years in the Navy from 1951 to 1957, a Returned Serviceman serving during the Malayan conflict and on various ships including the HMS Cerberus, Australia, Watsonia, Lonsdale, Quadrant, Tobruk, Sydney and Voyager in various roles.


Settling in Wangaratta, Ron played football for the Wangaratta Rovers and Tarrawingee Football Club and worked for PMG and Telecom before taking on a position in Papua New Guinea for management of the installation of telecommunications throughout various sectors of PNG.

He lived all his married life in Wangaratta, raising his family, until recently moving to the Bendigo district.


Ron was a bushy who loved going fishing with his mates up the Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers and shooting with his brother in law, Johnny.


Loving husband of Lorna (dec), loved father of Denise, Michelle and Jennine, father in law of Nick, David and Sam, grandfather of Kim, Nicole, Ken, Adrian, Rebecca, Matthew, Sarah and Samantha; great grandfather of Bella, Liam and Ronnie; loved brother of Irene and John (dec).


A private cremation has been held for Ron.



6 responses to “Ronald Kenneth Cochrane”

  1. Barbara Shipley says:

    Beautiful tribute to a special man a friend for 41 years so many memories of our time in PNG and catch ups when we visited Melbourne. Ron and Lorna together again as it should be, much love from his Kiwi family to you all xoxo

  2. Marlene and Brian O'Brien says:

    Great Memories of our days at Telecom. Marlene and Skimmy O’Brien Wangaratta

  3. B O’Flynn says:

    Wonderful memories of a great friendship with Ron and Lorna.

    My deepest sympathy to you.

    Brian and Bev O’Flynn (Grainger) and family .

  4. Michelle Meldrum says:

    To My Dad,

    I will miss your love, sense of humour and wise advice.
    I know you and Mum are reunited, along with your fishing and duck shooting mates.

    Will see you all when my time comes.

    Love Shell xxx

  5. Sharon Shimpson says:

    To hear of your passing a wonderful
    Neighbour you and Lorna in Flanagan st
    Over the road R.I.P ❤❤

  6. Nick. says:

    Lookim you mate. Will miss you. You were a great father in law. Tiz, Monk, Harry, Alex and all the rest of the boys are all saddened. We will meet again.

Funeral Details

At the request of the family, a private service was held.