Matthew Cochran

SKANEATELES | Matthew Cochran, 51, of Skaneateles, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at home, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Matthew was born in Williamsport, Pa., to Francis and Laura (Taylor) Cochran. His mother always reminded him that his name meant "a gift from God." Matt has been just that to his family and friends. He has been a gift from God and a faithful servant to God. Raised in Venezuela by missionary parents, Matt followed in their steps. During missionary training, he met his wife, Rosie, and they returned to Venezuela. After serving 20 years with New Tribes Mission, ministering in remote tribal locations, they moved to central New York, where Matt spent several years ministering to migrant Hispanic workers, before taking the pastorate at the First Church in Skaneateles, in September of 2009. He is survived by his wife, Rosie Cochran; four sons, Joseph (Jen), Jamie, Tyler, and Tyrel; his mother, Laura Cochran and two brothers, Fran and Keith (Rebekah). Matthew was predeceased by his father, Francis Cochran; his sister, Melissa Cochran and his sister-in-law, Janet Cochran. Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the Second Baptist Church, 1 Herman Ave., Auburn, following with a memorial service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Brian Hill officiating. Brew Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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