Alexander Kocken
Alexander Kocken

Obituary of Alexander Johannes Kocken

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Alexander Johannes Kocken, 67 of Mahone Bay, on May 25, 2021. The first of his family born in Canada, he was the son of the late Alexander (Sr.) and Isabella (van Bekkem) Kocken, after they emigrated from Holland.

 

He was a natural athlete, quick to learn and eager to play hockey at a young age. Alex was admired for his speed and agility on the backyard rink and in arenas. His love of hockey as a child in Gull Lake, AB, shone through his youth in Calgary with the S.W.A.A. Calwest Chiefs and on to varsity years for St Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he played hockey and was the recipient of the Belmac Scholarship for Football.

 

Alex enjoyed a fulfilling career and was proud of his abilities in the construction industry with the Chisholm family from Antigonish and Dexter Construction. Between the construction years, he worked as a licensed Blaster throughout the East Coast.

 

Alex retired on his 65th birthday and was looking forward to working only when he wanted to on his son Justin's projects and spending many more enjoyable hours exercising his love for golf with his son Jordan. Alex also had a long-time love for race cars and the Nascar race circuit. Alex spent many exciting years with the Miller Brothers stock car race team. Alex got to realize his retirement dream to golf across Canada - a trip we got to enjoy along the way with him through his many texts and photos, this will always be held as a special memory.

 

Alex was always ready for conversation, warm and welcoming, easy to sit down with, he made many friends. We and our families will forever miss our visits with Alex. He loved his family dearly and called Nova Scotia home.

 

Alex is survived by sons Justin (Megan) Wiens, Mahone Bay; Jordan (Laura) Wiens, Ontario; four beautiful grandchildren Sailor, Rider, Brooks and Sophie; sisters Marina August, Margaret Kocken and Annette Owen, all of Alberta; brother Nick Kocken, British Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, Alex was predeceased by sister Tina Powell.

 

When restrictions on travel have lifted and families are able to attend, there will be a Golf Tournament and a day at the Race Track to celebrate Alex's life. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home New Ross Funeral Chapel, 4935 Hwy #12, New Ross, B0J 2M0 (902-689-2961).

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