Ray F Cochran, foster son of the late Iva and Joseph Mccourtney was born March 23, 1933 in Long Beach, California. He attended Catholic schools in west Virginia and was a graduate of University of Oregon. At the early age of 16, he joined the Army without parental consent. After serving a year in the army, he was finally located and brought home where he continued his education. Ray lived in many places including, Salt Lake City, California, Seattle, Vancouver BC, Montreal and New York City. He finally settled in Jacksonville, Florida in 1970.
Ray was united in holy matrimony to Barbara Bishop Addison in April 1978. Barbara and Ray were blessed with over 40 years together, filled with travel, love and adventures. A couple of their favorite vacation places were Lake Tahoe and San Francisco.
Most of Ray‘s career was in social work, but he was also a newsman for Dodge Reports and a pawn shop owner. He was an avid table tennis player. In 1975, he was Jacksonville city champion. He was a gifted author and illustrator. In the 1990s, his book, Adventures with Angels, was published. Years later, his poem about the Twin Towers attacks, was also published.
After several battles with different cancers throughout most of his life, at the age of 83, Ray was diagnosed with Merkel cell cancer. On January 14, 2019, Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife Barbara by his side in their Riverside home. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle and stepson, Steven.
His exquisitely, blessed life will be forever cherished by his wife Barbara, his step children: Tammey Addison and David (Cathy) Addison; his grandchildren: Jenna (Domonic) Gionti, Danielle Addison, Shelby (Seth) Martinez, Steven Addison, Matthew Lowery, Aurelia Arthur, Diana Harmer, Nathan Addison and Nicolas Addison; his great granddaughters: Madison, Ava and Serafina; a host of many other devoted family members and friends, including Earl Addison.
Arrangements are with Evergreen Funeral Home & Crematory (904) 353-3649.