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Dan Cochrane
June 7, 1956 - July 11, 2013
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<div itemprop="description">Dan was the man who always had a story. He was the man who knew everything. <br />Seriously &ndash; we tried to stump him. He always had an answer, no matter how obtuse the question. Sure, maybe a lot of the information he gave us was more funny than useful; random stories about his life (often involving basketball) that resulted in an interesting lesson learned. But you could count on him to listen to you, and to give you an answer. And Dan knew everyone; to know him was to love him and to feel loved. A tall, handsome man with dark eyes and a rumbling voice that contrasted his gentle nature, he was a memorable presence everywhere he went. <br />My father led a full life. Born and raised in Windsor, Nova Scotia, he went to University of Maine and Acadia University, played every sport, and became a world-class track athlete, winning a medal in the triple jump at the Canada Games in 1973. He was an accountant and a businessman of many talents, most notably helping others. He was always there with advice and a helping hand&mdash;it didn&rsquo;t matter if you were family, a client, one of the kids he coached in basketball or soccer, or someone he saw struggling on the sidewalk. He was an ever-present pillar of strength for his children: as in all his relationships, he took the time to understand each of us individually, help us when we needed it, and make us feel loved. Always. <br />Dan died on July 11, 2013, at age 57, in the arms of his wife after living with cancer for more than two years. He leaves behind his parents, Mary Ruth and Ervin; his brother, Darrell; his wife, Fabienne; and his kids: Courtney, Jonathan, Ashleigh, and Daniel. He also leaves behind his (furry) grandchildren, Sascha and Ian. The funeral and a reception will be held on Monday, July 15 at 2:00 pm at Atlantic Funeral Homes on 771 Main Street in Dartmouth. Donations in his honor can be made to the North End Dartmouth Boys &amp; Girls Club or the Palliative Care unit at the VG in Halifax. <br />Dan was a good, kind man, taken too soon, and will be sorely, achingly missed by all who knew and loved him. I hope he knows how much he is appreciated, and how much he is loved. But then again, maybe I needn&rsquo;t worry. He is, after all, the man who knows everything. <br />Condolences can be sent to (Dartmouth Chapel) <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /></div>