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Michael A. Cocco Sr.

January 10, 1950 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Michael A. Cocco Sr. Obituary

Kittery Point - Michael Anthony Cocco, age 74, passed away on January 12, 2024 at York Hospital with his wife and son at his side, after a very brief but difficult fight with cancer.  He never lost his quick wit, his love of others, or his sharp mind. 


Mike was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, on January 10, 1950, the son of the late Rocco and Clarice (Peterson) Cocco.  He graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School and earned a Degree in Accounting from Dutchess Community College.  


In 1981, as a manager with Montgomery Ward, Mike accepted a position in Newington, NH, bringing him to the Seacoast region.  It was there that he met his wife, Sally (Davis) and they started life together in Portsmouth, NH, raising their wonderful son, Michael Cocco, Jr.  The family moved to Kittery Point in 1989. Mike continued to work as a retail manager, most notably at Radio Shack, Oneida Factory Outlets, and Magnavox Factory Outlets, along with several years as an advertising sales representative with Seacoast Online (formerly the Portsmouth Herald) and Foster’s Daily Democrat before retiring from a career as a home appraiser in Maine and New Hampshire.  


Mike loved people.  He loved helping people.  His many years of volunteerism in the Seacoast began at Christ Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, where he served on the vestry and as a chalice bearer, and sang in the choir.  He was an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, Kittery Troop 307, proudly encouraging his son, Michael to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.  Mike had been active in Kiwanis and in the community and business networking organization, One More Referral.  He cared for his mother-in-law, Mary Davis, in his home for several years while his wife worked. He then continued to support Mary when she moved to Durgin Pines, where he was much-loved for running the crossword puzzles and bringing his dog in for visits.  Mike enjoyed shelving books with the good people at Rice Public Library and he always looked forward to working the polls during elections for the Town of Kittery.  Up until poor health kept him away, Mike was very committed to the work of Mainspring/Footprints Food Pantry.  At St. George’s Episcopal Church in York Harbor, Mike was the choir librarian and sang bass in the choir.  He was also a chalice bearer, a lay reader, and had been a crucifer.  He had just volunteered for the altar guild and had planned to run for vestry when the cancer was discovered.  In the summers, Mike was an active choir member and had served as crucifer at Trinity Chapel in York Harbor.  For many years, Mike and Sally also sang in the Seacoast Community Choir, enjoying the camaraderie of fellow musicians and the European tours.  


When he wasn’t helping others, Mike loved to relax at the family cottage on the water in Port Clyde, Maine.  He also enjoyed driving and made many trips across the country to visit family, including a very special trip to surprise his father at his Honor Flight. He was an amateur numismatist and was interested in hand-painted photographs such as those of Wallace Nutting.  Mike learned needlework from his grandfather and also enjoyed sketching.  In retirement, Mike enjoyed daily walks with his wife, Sally, his dog, Tallulah, and his cat, Frank, who often tagged along.  


In addition to Sally, his wife of 40 years, and their son, Michael Cocco, Jr. and his wife Becky, Mike is survived by the rest of the “Cocco boys”: his brothers, Dr. Lennie Cocco and his wife, Carmen, Neal Cocco, Rocco Cocco, Jr. and his wife, Sharon, and Gerry Cocco and his wife, Cathy, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his beautiful niece, Kelly Davis.  


A memorial service will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 8th at 1pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Footprints Food Pantry, PO Box 246, Kittery, ME 03904, or Rice Public Library


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Memorial Service
June 8, 2024

1:00 PM
St. George's Episcopal Church
407 York St.
York, ME 03911
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