Celebrity Charity: John Cocks, ‘Cocksy’ final Kiwi bloke farewelled at Tairua

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Celebrity Charity: John Cocks, ‘Cocksy’ final Kiwi bloke farewelled at Tairua

Celebrity Charity:

John Cocks, August 23, 1966-February 6, 2019

John “Cocksy” Cocks modified into farewelled in his cherished field of origin of Tairua on Monday with his closing and most memorable take a look at match — a funeral entire with commentator, referee, ball boys and yellow cards.

Plenty of of mates gathered with family to secure fun in Cocksy-style the lifetime of a man described by buddy and commentator on the day, records presenter Simon Dallow, as “the final Kiwi bloke”.

Held birth air the Tairua Rugby Club under a huge marquee, it modified into a game of two halves for the Fifty two-year-pale who lived lifestyles to the fullest and repeatedly went surfing when the surf modified into up.

Cocksy’s lifestyles modified into recalled by those that had been beside him at every stage — as a rugby participant in Paeroa, a typographer on the Thames Valley Gazette, a self-taught builder who became a “very ideal craftsman”, an achieved surfer, a family man, husband and charity man.

He modified into an ambassador for the charity KidsCan and gave his time to back others even when lifestyles with cancer modified into taking its toll.

Cocksy saved his sense of humour till his closing hours. He modified into diagnosed with cancer on Anzac Day three years within the past and died on Waitangi Day, leaving within the support of his “ladies” — soulmate and partner Dana and daughters Georgia, Ella and Sophie and exact sidekick — his dog Biggie Smalls.

Mum Joan kicked off the first 1/2 describing the younger Cocksy, who attended the two-lecture room Whenuakite College when the family first moved to Cooks Seaside with Cocksy then frequent 6.

The family lived in a caravan whereas his dad Reg constructed their condominium.

“If it modified into called sport, John played it,” Joan acknowledged. “Cocksy modified into a cricketer, rugby participant and surfer nonetheless most likely most admired for his bodily prowess on the dance ground.”

When the family moved to Paeroa, Cocksy attended Paeroa Central College and moved up “the city hierarchy” by taking part in rugby — where on the field he modified into tougher than he seemed.

His fancy of the sport persevered throughout his lifestyles, with his rugby mates from the Takapuna Turtles on the North Shore, Auckland, asserting Cocksy never played the neatly-known person card aside from for sometime when he became a target, and ended up battered and bruised on the bottom of the ruck.

“He acknowledged ‘ah … matey I’ve purchased to shoot a industrial subsequent week’,” acknowledged worn teammate Brett Wilson.

Many facets to Cocksy had been printed on the “match” — along side his poetry writing, his capability to sew, and his knack for getting out of effort.

His youngest daughter Ella acknowledged the ladies “hit the jackpot” with their dad, who cherished his ladies greater than one thing. At one point when money modified into tight, Cocksy sewed the ball robe for his eldest daughter Georgia.

The funeral service can also correctly secure solved any thriller surrounding the disappearance of backyard gnomes in Paeroa some 30 years within the past, and one of the foremost Paeroa contingent purchased clarification on what the observe “quintessential” potential, after questioning why of us from Auckland saved describing their mate as “the quintessential Kiwi bloke”.

Always attracted to drama, Cocksy became a family title as a “neatly-known person builder” on reveals equivalent to Cherish Island, DIY Dads and My House

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