Donald P. Cobb passed away on February 24, 2021 at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford, NY. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Don was born on September 21, 1926 to the late Ancil and Anna (Davern) Cobb in Marathon, NY. He grew up working on a farm in McGraw, NY.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Julia (Shippey) in 2009. They were married for 55 years. He was also predeceased by his three brothers: Edward Cobb, Kenneth Cobb, Alfred Cobb and his daughter-in-law Cindy (Spalluto) Cobb.
Don served his country proudly as a Marine in Cherry Point, NC from 1948-1952. He was a helicopter mechanic and proud of the crew he worked with. He was very proud of the helicopter with his rank of Staff Sargent and name on the side of it. Don was awarded the “Winged S” Air Rescue Emblem for participating in a successful life-saving operation with a Sikorsky helicopter. He loved to talk about his years in the service and his family had a chance to visit with him and look at pictures in March 2020.
After Don’s service he married Julia on May 15, 1953 and they lived in McGraw, NY. He worked for New York State Electric & Gas for 32 years. He served on the McGraw Village board of trustees and a Deacon at the McGrawville Baptist Church for many years.
He is survived by three children: Jay Cobb, Susan (Cobb) Willey and husband Robert and Lori (Cobb) Law. He also had seven grandchildren: Justin Cobb, Keith Cobb and fiancé Page Anderson, Matthew Willey and wife Katie, Erin (Willey) DiLello and husband Dave, Tim Law and wife Lindsey, Eric Law and wife Kaitlyn, Nicole (Law) Pearsall and husband Kasey. Don had four great-grandchildren and another on the way: Kensley Law, Christian Willey, Everly Pearsall and Virginia DiLello. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Activities that Don loved were bowling – he bowled in a men’s league for about 50 years. He took his family camping every year in the Adirondacks. He hunted deer with his lifelong friend and then with his son and grandsons later. Don loved nothing more than to go out to dinner or have a barbeque with his family. The event usually ended with playing pitch and Dad (Grandpa) probably cheating. There was always lots of laughter and love. Thanks to the staff at the VA, Don was able to join his entire family on a Zoom call in December 2020. He was very confused about where we all were but he really enjoyed getting to see everyone.
Services will be later this year at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be made to: McGrawville Baptist Church, 7 East Main Street, McGraw, NY 13101 or the McGraw Fire Department, 7 West Center Street, McGraw, NY 13101.