Armand P. Cocchiaro, 96, of Salem, N.H., passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018. Born in Methuen, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Carmela (Cortese) Cocchiaro.
Armand was a graduate of Searles High School, and also attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He owned and operated Lawrence Building Wrecking Company for over 40 years, and retired in the 1980s.
During WWII, Armand served in the Navy as a Seabee, petty officer second class, in the Solomon Islands, and Guam. He was a member of the Salem VFW, and also a Past Exalted Ruler of Derry-Salem Elks Lodge 2226. He was an avid sportsman, and loved all the local Boston teams. Armand excelled in Duck- and Candlepin bowling, and was well known in the Merrimack Valley area. He also enjoyed playing cards and gardening.
He was predeceased by his wife, Agatha "Ida" (Pappalardo) Cocchiaro; his daughter, Cynthia (Cocchiaro) Henderson; as well as seven siblings. Most of all, Armand was all about family, and doing for others.
Armand is survived by his daughter, Maureen Cocchiaro of Salem, N.H.; grandchildren, Adam Henderson of R.I., Thomas Henderson, and his companion, Jessica Connolly, of Attleboro, Mass., and Taylor Henderson of Grafton, Mass; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Layla, and Charlotte; and his son-in-law, Michael Henderson, of Worcester. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, January 29, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. His Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 200 Lawrence Rd., Salem, NH. Burial will be at Bellevue Cemetery, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Unit, Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, 172 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA 01841, or St. Joseph's Regional Catholic School, 40 Main St., Salem, NH 03079. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on January 27, 2018