Charles H. Cochran, Jr., 90, died Tuesday, August 14th at Morristown Medical Center, after a lengthy illness with heart disease.
Charles was born and raised in Newark, to the late Charles and Carrie (Klein). He graduated from Newark Central High in 1941. He was inducted into the US Army in 1943. His army career was spent with the US Signal Corp., stationed at Ft. Monmouth NJ and the Pentagon in Washington DC. After a brief stay in Australia, he became part of the FP 47 team. The FP 47 was a converted private yacht by the US government to release press copy to the world. Charles received the bronze star for his service. He was in Manila, Philippines at the time of the Japanese surrender. After his honorable discharge Charles returned to his parents’ home in Irvington, NJ and married his fiancée Gladys O’Brien, whom he met in history class at Newark Central High School. Charles was employed by NJ Bell Telephone Co, in Newark and retired after 40 years with Verizon. Charles and Gladys moved to Whippany over 55 years ago, and have been married for 66 & 1/2 years. Charles was the sole survivor of his immediate family. Charles enjoyed bowling, golfing, square dancing, and loved flying as a private pilot.
Predeceased by his son Charles H. Cochran III, he is survived by his loving wife Gladys, his son Gary and his wife Karen, his daughter Bonnie Hood; his five adoring grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.