Obituaries 05-25-2017

Charles ‘Charlie’ Cochran

Longtime Charlestown resident

It is with great sadness that the family of Charles “Charlie” Walter Cochran announces his passing after a long illness at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He was 73 years old.

Charlie, who was born March 22, 1943 died on February 15. He resided in Charlestown for many years.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mary (Roberts) Cochran and his father, Nathaniel Cochran, as well as his sisters Mary Cochran and Margaret “Peggy” (Cochran) Foti. He will be lovingly remembered by his longtime partner, Diane Tavist of Charlestown; his sister, Ann (Cochran) Turilli of Melrose and by many nieces and nephews.

A mass will be said in memory of Charlie and Peggy on June 11th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church located at 55 Warren Street in Charlestown.

Raphael “Rick” DuBard, Jr.

Retired real estate developer and former board member of Friends of City Square Park

Raphael DuBard. Jr. of Charlestown died May 12 after a two year illness. He was 73 years old.

Rick was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University and Harvard Law School and spent most of his professional life in real estate development in California, New York, South Carolina and Boston. After his retirement, he worked for seven years as a substitute teacher in Chelsea and Somerville, and often said it was among the most rewarding things he had done in his life. Rick worked on voter registration in the south in the 1960s and was able to use that experience and others to bring the American civil rights movement to life for his students. He was for several years a board member of The Friends of City Square Park in Charlestown where he coordinated the annual summer concert series.

He is survived by his partner of 32 years, Patricia McSweeney of Charlestown; his son, Jefrey and his fiancée, Yvonne MacPherson of Boston; his daughter, Danielle Dunn and her husband, Samuel Dunn of Milton and his grandchildren, Ella and Sam Dunn of Milton. Family and friends are invited to gather in celebration of Rick’s life on Sunday, June 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Church Parish Hall, 27 Devens Street, Charlestown.  In honor of Rick’s commitment to Charlestown and the park, donations would be welcome to the Friends of City Square Park Concert Fund. Checks may be made out to Friends of City Square Park and mailed to Friends of City Square Park, P.O. Box 290635, Charlestown, MA 02129.

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