In Memory

Scott E Cockrell

Scott E. Cockrell

BEDFORD - Scott E. Cockrell, 65, died peacefully Dec. 1, 2011, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 26, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Edwin E. and Mary (Adler) Cockrell. He earned his bachelor's degree from MIT, where he was a member of Phi Beta Epsilon fraternity, and received an MBA from Northeastern University.

He served in the Army at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland during the Vietnam War. He was a computer programmer and was employed by Fidelity Investments for the past 10 years.

Scott was a Bedford resident for the past 26 years. He was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church.

Scott was an accomplished mountain climber and outdoorsman. As a member of the Highpointers Club, he was the 80th person to climb the highest mountain in every state, including Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. He climbed all of New England's 4,000-foot peaks and New England's 100 highest peaks. He climbed peaks in Scotland, Iceland, Australia, Macedonia and Bulgaria.

In 2004, he joined a volunteer search and recovery expedition to look for two lost hikers in the Torngat Mountains of Labrador, Canada. Volunteering for the Appalachian Mountain Club, he maintained the Sandwich Mountain trail in the White Mountains for 23 years. He maintained the Cascade Link trail on Mt. Monadnock for the past four years. Scott climbed Mt. Monadnock over 400 times.

Scott shared his enthusiasm for the outdoors by volunteering as a chaperone for the Bedford eighth-grade Cardigan trip for several years. He volunteered as a Dock Master for the Head of the Charles Regatta for 10 years. Scott was also a runner and completed several races, including three marathons. He enjoyed playing and studying bridge throughout his life, and he earned the rank of Life Master from the American Contract Bridge League.

Scott was a steadfast and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. His gentleness, strength, kindness, humor and courage will always be remembered.

Scott is survived by his wife of 31 years, Corrie Cockrell; three daughters, Braya Cockrell, Jamie R. Cockrell and Elizabeth E. Cockrell; four sisters, Marilyn B. Cockrell, Susan R. Cockrell, Karen M. Cockrell and Janet M. Cismesia; nieces Jennifer and Jessica Cismesia; and nephew Shannon Cockrell.


SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Monday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Bedford Presbyterian Church, 1 Church Road, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Monadnock land conservation project of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information, go to


Published in Union Leader on December 7, 2011


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02/27/14 10:59 AM #1    

Patricia Ann Richards (Armstrong)

I remember my mom, the quirky teacher of 4th grade kids at Onaway, saying at dinner - when all things were discussed, including my dad's latest escapades in the pursuit of criminals, pre PC...that she had the brightest kid she'd ever had in her class:  Scott Cockrell!  So when at at last I met him, in the flesh! at Woodbury, he seemed quite normal...a little bit reticent...and into his own "thing".

How happy I am to have learnt that he had a really fulfilling life: climbing mountain after mountain...just like he did intellectually.  His was a good life, don't you think, dear classmates?  He did what he wanted to do!  Sad for those who loved him left behind.  Wonderful that he had such a complete and full life.  That must make a difference in the way they, who have lost him, come to terms with his terrible loss.  At least, I hope it does...know all about's not necessarily a thing one can rationalise...but his was a good life...or so it seems.  Apologies to those left behind...these are just my thoughts...I thought Scott absolutely a unique and wonderful person.  He was also kind!

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