Salvatore C. Cocchia, a New Windsor Resident, Dies at 82
Salvatore C. Cocchia, 82 of New Windsor, NY, a Facilities Manager and Consultant for Texaco Research Center and a lifelong resident of the area, died September 18, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Hopewell Junction. The son of the late Joseph and Emma (Rostanzo) Cocchia, he was born July 20, 1935 in Newburgh. He married Salvatrice Incremona in 1958 at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh.
Sal was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and Cornell University, and was a member of Knights of Columbus and the Italian Club. He was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He loved life, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and telling stories of his childhood. Following his mother Emma’s example, Sal was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He devoted much of his life to serving his country as an active member of the Army National Guard as Sergeant First Class. He touched the hearts of so many and would light up like a Christmas tree when in the presence of his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
In addition to his wife Salvatrice, he is survived by his daughters, Jo-Anne Longo of Hopewell Junction and Karen Stafford and her husband Brett of Hopewell Junction; his brother Nicholas Cocchia and his wife Beverly of New Windsor; grandchildren, Gina and Mia Longo, and Anthony “A.J.” and Mark Stafford; and nine nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved son Mark Cocchia.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, September 20 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, September 21 at Sacred Heart Church, Newburgh, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor.