ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ben Cockcroft. We will remember him forever.
Posted by lindy cockcroft on March 5, 2021
Benjamin Cockcroft
I don’t know where to start, I am so saddened by this news.
   He was such a fantastic human, intelligent, funny, always smiling and adventurous. I went to medical school and residency with Ben. I feel like I have millions of stories mostly between 1982 and 2005. Even though we stopped doing as many things together as we focused on family and work he was one of my best friends. We would stilI call each other and talk about cases, family and surf.
     I met Ben in medical school while at the University of California at Irvine and we hit it off immediately, I loved his quirky sense of humor, sense of adventure, shared his love of the ocean, and his dog ‘Butch’ who came to class with him regularly and went on many trips with us. He was in the class one year behind me but was only one of three surfers In our medical school at that time. We started surfing together and ended up taking many surf trips to many beaches including Mexico and Costa Rica, we went separately to Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji  but shared our stories and adventures. I remember him doing a stand-up comedy routine at the medical school talent show, he was fearless!
    We ended up doing our residency together at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital in San Pedro / Palos Verdes area. We continued to surf together and take more trips. He was in medical school when he met Lindy and they had one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to. I told him about a place I loved to go to surf, camp and hike in the 70s along the Northern Oregon and Washington coast. After residency we both went up to visit in 1989 and were both offered jobs. Unfortunately my mother was sick and I was taking care of her at that time and could not leave. I remember meeting Wally,  Hugh their families and the staff realizing what a wonderful place and opportunity it was. Ben and Lindy went on to live an idyllic life in an idyllic location raising a family of three. Our lives took separate courses, even though we stopped seeing each other much after 2005(our last trips to Mexico and Costa Rica together that year) we still kept in touch. Our last conversation was on my phone  on 02/15/21 and I was amazed he was still snowboarding when I in my older age was being satisfied with walks and hikes. I’m so saddened by this, I pray for his family - he is irreplaceable.
I could only find a few of our photos so far— I know there are many more somewhere




by Dr Scott Nelson
Posted by Kari Anne Budge on March 5, 2021
I was unaware that Dr. Cockcroft had passed until today. Dr. Cockcroft was the first provider I worked with for my Medical Assisting externship. I enjoyed my time working with him immensely and learned a lot from him by watching his interactions with his patients. I had the opportunity to meet his wife Lindy as well. I offer my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Lindy, their children, and the PMG North Coast family for their loss.
Posted by Kemy Kjemhus on March 5, 2021
Doctor Cockcroft was my mother's provider before I moved down to Seaside in 2012. He provided such good care for her and he provided good health for me. I shall miss his smiling face and good humor. He was the best doctor I have ever had. I could talk with him and discuss anything and I always felt good about coming into for my annual physical.  I send my condolences and prayers for his family and loved ones. He shall be so missed.
Posted by Mary Zavadil and Greg Gut... on March 3, 2021
Greg and I went to med school with Ben and were looking for him to invite him to join a zoom reunion for our class when we saw this.  Our hearts go out to Lindy (whom we also remember fondly) and their children. We were just talking about what a kind soul and bright spirit and love of life's beauty that Ben had even in the stress of medical school. We are so touched to see that he had been so successful with his family life, his friends and his career, and are not surprised that his patients loved him so much. He and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Amberlee Cokley on March 1, 2021
My condolences to those who loved Dr. Cockcroft, and truly all he ever got to meet him. Dr. Cockcroft delivered me almost 28 years ago. He delivered 4 other siblings of mine. He was such a kind hearted, funny, and empathetic person. I remember my Aunt Grace May would take us kids to go watch him surf sometimes. He was so patient with my siblings, and always made us laugh. He inspired me to work in the healthcare field. I am so happy that I did, but sad that I moved to Portland, because then I couldn't work with him.
Dr. Crockcroft was beyond compassionate, he always remembered what we had going in our lives and told us about some of his adventures. Thank you so much to his family for sharing him with us for this whole time, now we his community that he built up will grieve with you. He is not truly gone, just his energy is now free. My deepest sympathies for his wife Lindley and his family. 

Sincerely with a heavy heart,


Amberlee Cokley (Eckhardt)
Posted by Heidi Manning on February 28, 2021
I met Ben while I was volunteering for massage at the Longboard Classic. I have enjoyed and always looked forward to seeing him over the last 8 years, and being able to give him a much needed massage during the event. He always spoke of his wife and kids; it was obvious he swelled with pride and joy and so much love for them. He was always so kind, grateful, and humble.

Hearing this news of Ben not making it out of a snowboarding accident has been heartbreaking. It just does not seem fair. Not for Ben. My heart breaks for his family and friends. I hope that his spirit and his family will find peace one day.

I would like to offer a gift of massage or acupuncture to Ben’s family and close friends in the hopes that it may help those who are suffering such great loss to process emotions during this most difficult time. Please email me if I can be of assistance. I would be honored to help, and I think Ben would be happy for it, too.

With warmest regards,
Heidi Manning
(heidi.manning73@gmail.com)
Posted by Josephina Xochipiltecatl on February 25, 2021
Dr. Cockcroft was the first doctor for both of my boys, he was always so patient with them and included both my husband and I in their care. He always made sure to let us know any concern of our kids he saw and actively listened to any concern we had for them as well. I am sad he won't be there for our family as our provider and my heart and thoughts are with his family throughout these troubling times. He will be very missed around the community.
Posted by Samantha Larsen on February 25, 2021
Dr. Cockcroft was one of the first providers I worked with when I started at Providence as a student several years ago. Dr. Cockcroft was also the doctor that delivered me 28 years ago. That first week I worked with him I mentioned to his assistant Mindy that he delivered me when I was born, Mindy then told Dr. Cockcroft as he was walking by and he turned, looked at me for a couple seconds and said “Oh, I thought you looked familiar!” and then we all laughed. He wasn’t just kind and an excellent doctor to his patients but he was pretty dang funny too!
I have since moved to a different department in the clinic but that memory has and will always make me laugh. He really was such a kind and bright light to everyone and he will be greatly missed.
Posted by Corbett Cockcroft on February 24, 2021
I am still in shock-just back to Buffalo and my computer so im finally able to share my photos and thoughts on Ben.We have been together most of our lives and im crying now just thinking about how much i loved him and am going to miss him.im still not over the loss of my dad and this just sucks so bad.i wish we were all together instead of so far apart this covid pandemic is getting old.i will post more when im able.
Posted by JoAnn Furnish on February 23, 2021
Our families have shared, concerts, snow trips, kids parties, kids soccer teams, movies, dinner, and parties. Losing Ben is much like losing my quirky, adventure seeking big brother, who loved to drive a little too fast. He always had a joke to share, and a loud, infectious laugh that brightened up a room. 
We've been friends since I was 18, before Ben and Lindy built their home. I remember how over the moon he was to build his dream house so close to the ocean so that he could surf 24/7.
He was a big kid, adventure seeker, intellect, who brought everyone along with him. Ben, even taught my brother, and brother in law, how to surf, when he learned they couldn't. If he wasn't surfing, he was snowboarding, helping his kids, family, or keeping up the little pathway at the cove down to the beach, he was so proud of creating. Ben was Ben. He would jump up and down, around his living room, binoculars in hand, checking the surf, with that floppy, curly hair, jamming out to the oldies, like Love Shack, while Lindy got dinner ready. 
We had our kids close together. I'll never forget our first disagreement when I was pregnant with my second child. Ben told my husband and I, we shouldn't name it Luke, because he and Lindy already had a kid named Lucas. He felt we would just get the kids confused at get togethers. Two Luke's would be confusing. It wasn't until Lindy let him know that she got the idea for Lucas' name from me, that he finally put up the white flag and surrendered. 
He later became my doctor, and my kids doctor. Fortunately, I was able to chat with him a few days before we lost him. He was excited about being "nearly" retired, working just 2.5 days, opening more time up for surfing, snowboarding, travel, and family time. I teased him about becoming old on us. It was always obvious how in love he was with Lindy in all of our conversations. He shared he was looking forward to being a grandpa "eventually" when he learned I was going to become a grandma this August.  He was really excited for April's boyfriend and gave me a link to his nutrition site for me to "check him out".  When he pulled it up, I teased she was dating a mini Ben. He grinned ear to ear and pulled out more pics of April and her bow. He was so very proud of being a dad, always lighting up when he shared about what incredible people April, Travis, and Lucas are. 
There are so many good memories of Ben, over decades of time, a friendship my entire adult life, and one my family and I dearly cherish. Life will not be the same without Ben, but we are all so blessed to have such wonderful memories with him. He is greatly missed. 
Posted by Rosemary Stevenson on February 23, 2021
Like so many others, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ben's passing. My deepest condolences to Lindy and all of your family. I want to share a memory that makes me smile. It was a Halloween of perhaps fifteen years ago. Ben came flitting into the hospital cafeteria in a full bumble bee costume. There was a little toddler sitting in a high chair wearing the exact same costume. The smiles all around as Ben made contact with the baby bumble bee were priceless! He will be missed.
Posted by Margaret Hammitt-McDonald on February 23, 2021
Ben was a wonderful colleague and friend. Seth and I will miss him greatly. Years back, he tried to teach me how to surf by lending me a skateboard to improve my balance before I tried my luck on the water. The resulting mishaps were hilarious. When I go boogie-boarding this summer with my daughter, we'll dedicate our thrills and spills to Ben's memory. Seth, Luthien, and I convey our deepest sympathies to Ben's family and patients.
Posted by Randy Lyon on February 23, 2021
I remember my first time learning to surf, Ben showed me how to get up on the board to catch a wave, he was always the nicest person and an amazing dad to his kids!!!He will live in our memories forever, My thoughts and prayers to Lindy, April, Travis, Lucas, and all the people hurting over this loss.❤️
Posted by Robynn Sollinger on February 22, 2021
Ben was such a warm and giving Doctor, so empathetic in every aspect. Working with him was fun and interesting too, he "included" you in care conference, he knew his paitents and took their care very seriously, and he supported my efforts. He participated fully in work life, family life and life LIFE, always willing to help out. He was fun. But also a great doctor for my entire family, including my mom, she loved him too. I know how BIG his role at PSH is and how much he will be missed.
God's comfort ❤ peace for Lindy and the kids and his extended hospital family. Robynn Evans
Posted by Lynn Rogers on February 22, 2021
I said today while I was at work to myself, wondering if I would see Dr. Cockcroft on Wednesday knowing I wouldn’t. Realizing that I had taken for granted every time he would come in Wednesday through Friday, the smile he brought to all of us the calming spirit that he had brought to all of us and it didn’t matter what kind of chaos we were in for the moment, him being in the clinic always brought US together. This is a new chapter in OUR lives, I know personally I am not ready for. My dear friend Mindy told us today, we together will now be the calming spirit for the clinic and each other, Mindy is a beautiful light among lights in this world and was Dr. Cockcroft’s MA for several years, so listen when I say Dr. Cockcroft’s spirit will live on in all of us! Thank you,  Lindy, April, Lucas and Travis for sharing your husband, father and friend with all of us! Lynn Katherine Rogers McGrady
Posted by Peter Deslauriers on February 22, 2021
I only got to meet Ben in the last few years. I am a friend of Ben's father Jim and his stepmother Susan. During Jim's last illness I saw first hand the care and support Ben and his brothers provided for Jim and Susan. They were an invaluable support to their father in a time of need and it is clear from other tributes that compassion and caring were major elements of Ben's personality. Our hearts go out to his wife and family for their loss.
Posted by Mary Cockcroft on February 22, 2021
Uncle Ben was incredibly supportive of me when I first moved to Portland, all on my own. I didn't have any friends but it was always comforting knowing that I had family only an hour away at the Coast. He and Lindy even provided me with a car to use to get myself around places. Thanksgivings and visits to the coast were always an amazing time and I would leave thinking to myself "gosh I really need to visit my family more, they are such incredible people". They always had open, welcoming arms and I could bring friends over as well. Every person that I have brought with me to Seaside for visits felt the warmth and love that Ben and Lindy share with the world. He is going to be missed by so many.
Ben was also the one to call me when Grandpa Jim took his last breaths, he gave me the opportunity to say my goodbyes and I will forever be so grateful for that. We spread Gramps' ashes at Friend's Lake together, with my parents and Susan. I was sobbing, and I'll never forget the comforting hug that he gave me as we grieved together over Gramps. It rained immediately afterward, and he told me that James was crying too. We then canoed to the bird sanctuary and went fishing, where we all felt a little better. I imagine Uncle Ben, Gramps, and Uncle George off in the afterlife (whatever that is) catching huge salmon and cracking jokes. They all had the most thunderous laughs. Uncle Ben makes me want to be better, spread more love, and help more people. His adventurous energy was contagious and the way he was able to check in on everyone in his life is very impressive, and inspiring to want to do the same.
I'm going to miss his texts telling me to watch Supernatural in Spanish and what episodes have the best dialogue to study up on.
Posted by Jim Rafferty on February 22, 2021
Ben was one of my all time best friends and favorite people over the last 25 years as my personal doctor, one as an RN I had a professional relationship with and can attest to his being a great doctor with an unsurpassed humorous and affable yet adept bedside manner and an acutely motivated medical scholar who always kept keenly attenuated to cutting edge research and treatments. He was also just a great guy to hang out with. Ben used to round at the nursing homes in Astoria and come surf with me at the South Jetty since I seldom surf Seaside (another story) and hang out with me in Astoria or Hammond where I lived if he wasn’t too busy plus numerous surf trips, Panama, Mexico, Hawaii, Westport, Crescent City and locally. 
I’ve had some serious medical problems requiring referrals to specialists and out of town surgeons but Ben didn’t just turf it out to them, always stayed integrally involved day to day as an active clinician in my decisions and care, even up to a couple of weeks ago though I’m a Kaiser member now through work and he’s no longer even my actual doc. He was much more than just a distant medical advocate.
I owe him so much and am just devastated that he’s gone. Praying for Lindy, April, Travis and Lucas and pray tranquility somehow can find them even in their present fragility.
Ben loved them so devotedly and profoundly he wouldn’t want them in pain but knowing how beloved he was and his family is in the community he would also be gratified at the love and support being showered upon them now and in the future. Heaven help them find calm and that Ben can quickly find the lineup there in Paradise where even there I suppose he’ll have that to sort out. He’ll get it absolutely wired there too, just as he did here.
❤️
Posted by Diana Rapp on February 22, 2021
I did not know Ben Cockcroft, but have known his name since I moved to Seaside in the early 90's. You will be missed by our whole community. Blessings to Lindy and family.
Posted by Michael Burk on February 21, 2021
Doctor Ben is what what his father would call him on our fishing trips over the years. I had the opportunity to get to know Ben through our daughters school and sports events years ago. Ben and I were very passionate spectators when it came to our daughters sports. I recall a soccer game against an undefeated team where another one of our friends had to tell us to keep it down. Our daughters were victorious that day, we were so proud of them. Seems like yesterday. I also recall a crisp September morning on the Columbia river with Ben and his father Jim.  We were between the Astoria bridge and buoy 29, the sunrise was spectacular. I recall my pole going down and quickly grabbed it and handed it to Jim. After a few minutes Jim managed to get the fish to the boat where I knocked it off with the net. Jim was not happy! For the rest of the day I would not touch the net. It was up to Doctor Ben or Jim net the salmon. By the end of the trip Ben was pretty good with the net as we all had our fish. I feel blessed to have this memory and many more with Ben and his family. Doctor Ben you will be forever loved and remembered.
Posted by Kari Douma on February 20, 2021
For my own sake and my own tears, I write this.
In Chinese horoscopes, year of the Dog he was... just like me and both of our sons, Travis and Taylor.  1958 is specifically Earth Dog. He did LOVE the snow, surf and all of the Earth it seemed, you know that more than anyone. 
I liked how he liked taking the kids to the snow on Hwy 26. Teaching your kids the love for surfing will be one of the many everlasting legacies he left for them.

Lindy, he saved my life did you know that? Along with many, many more I’m sure.
I know not how to help yet, but when I think about all of you I send a huge pink bubble that represents gratefulness and love for having been a part of you and your family’s life

You and Ben have contributed so positively to our community.

P.S.... remember all of those funny Bitmoji’s Ben was sending you that day we saved the forest from fire? That was a good day! Love you Lindy!
Posted by Mary Gloria on February 20, 2021
Poseidon knew him by name, this Herculean mover of rock and sand, cutting a path for others to enjoy. His big smile cast a bright light, and through his sideways glance I saw someone who could be shy but never timid. Follower of rules and taker of risks, he put his family at the helm and lived democratically among them. These are the glimpses I had of him, a friend and mentor to my husband. He served our community his entire career, his departure leaving a large vacancy in the lives and institution he served. I'm certainly no consultant to the decider of fate, but this one for sure feels much too soon. Too soon to the Gate, there's no debate, but what can we do sides accept it? Once we can convince ourselves to believe it. Carpe Diem if you have one - there is absolutely no doubt that Ben always did exactly that.
Posted by Cheryl Cain on February 20, 2021
"Before You Go"

Please say Hello
Before you go
So I can say Goodbye

Because if you don't
How will I know
If it's okay to cry?

You certainly were not finished
with your life and a family you adored
and it breaks my heart to pieces
that you just didn't get more.

It won't ever be the same
without you day to day
there are hundreds who respect you
and love you just the same

A wife as kind as anyone
that I have ever met
and kids who are bright like sunshine
and only wanted for you the best

Our Team you led
with humility and smarts
The Anchor in our Providence Ship
we hold you in our hearts.

There are many of us that feel broken
and can't stop weeping for your loss
and there are many of us
that are stuck standing still
and don't know how to let you cross

so please just say Hello
from where ever that you are
it can even be just a sign
that lets us see your Star.

You have meant so much to us
Awesome in your unique way
so please maybe next time
if you could just say Hello
before you go
Then maybe I could say Goodye.


Love you so much Dr. Cockcroft
Cheryl
Posted by Daniel Rodriguez on February 20, 2021
My condolencies to April and all the family for Ben´s departure. I have the pleasure to meet Ben in person in Lima in Oct 2019 when he came with Brian to surf peruvian waves specially Chicama one of the longest left waves in the world. We managed to take them to some of our local spots near Lima and enjoy some nice local food. Joaquin my son stayed in Corvallis for a couple of years and enjoy the Cockcroft hospitality at their home at Seaside. Ben left with me a nice and good longboard which he brought to Peru and was a very kind and friendly gesture. I told him I will keep it with me for your next visit. We used to talk in spanish and he was very updated on the situation in Peru. Descansa en paz querido Ben. 
Posted by Eric Pinczower on February 20, 2021
Ben has been one of my closest friends since the first days of medical school, 39 years ago. - I remember him bounding up to me with his beloved dog Butch stoked to find another surfer in the class. I remember our weekend runs to Mexico - ditching class to surf and our numerous ski and surf trips over the years. I remember him telling me about meeting and falling in love with Lindy and remember being in his wedding. I remember his sense of humor. I have never met a kinder man. I spoke to Ben the afternoon before he passed and remember him sending love to me and my family. I miss him so much.
Posted by Summer Cockcroft on February 20, 2021
Uncel Ben was a kid at heart! Always seeking adventure and kept you at the edge of your seat. If he wasn’t dropping in on waves or craving snow, he’d be playing football with littles in his backyard. I’m so blessed that my family was apart of his family in our time together. We shall never forget his warm no sugar blackberry pie, gopher hunting strategies, and tree cutting skills. We love you Uncel Ben ♥️ Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
Posted by Tina White on February 20, 2021
You have been my primary doctor for over 20 years. Always a caring person and helped so many lives and you will be truly missed. Our heart goes out to your family and the loss our community shares. You are a true angel and now have your wings. RIP
Posted by Dianna Doyle on February 19, 2021
I shared an office with Ben my first year in practice at PMG in Seaside. He made my first year interesting, rewarding and fun. My fondest memories were of him sitting like a little school boy at his desk eating his lovingly-prepared lunch every day by his dear wife, Lindy. He always struck me as a peter pan, never growing old, never growing up. Mischeivious grin on his face, always light-hearted with an easy laugh.

He made my first year of practice comfortable. He was always kind and helped me feel competent and capable. I loved working with him and will always appreciate the easy-going, fun, professional relationship we developed. You will be dearly missed.
Posted by Stephen Knippa on February 19, 2021
I have known Dr. Ben Cockcroft since he started working at Seaside Hospital in the nineties. He was, in my eyes, a new doc from California who came to Seaside to practice medicine and surf. I thought to myself, great, another surfer who wants to ride my waves! (surfers can be somewhat territorial, as we know) It turned out not to be the case. He was the nicest guy you would ever want to know. Over the years of working with him, he was always professional and caring. No matter how difficult it might be to care for his patients, he was almost always smiling and hopeful. He will be sadly missed by the community he cared for and the people he worked with. My heartfelt condolences go out to Lindy and his children.
I no longer surf, but visit the Cove often. Whenever I am there, I will be thinking of him as he rides that perfect wave we all look for in life.



 
Posted by David Rouse on February 19, 2021
Ben was my doctor for many years. He was was always competent, caring, and very personable. I credit him with saving and lengthening my life. Losing him is a big loss to the community. To Linde, April and the boys my heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Robert Wayne on February 19, 2021
REMEMBERING BEN

The last time I rode with Ben was in the 2019 July 4th CANNON BEACH parade . Ben was riding my gentle 14 year old mare called Cricket. A friend, EVANDRO, was riding my big gelding called The Senator. At the end of the parade we tied up to have lunch on the patio of the Wayfarer restaurant. When lunch was finished we got out on the beach riding north. I signaled to the two of them to ride ahead and I would catch up. To my surprise, like two teenagers, they took off flying down the beach at full gallop. Their legs were flapping on the sides of the horses the way a barrel racer run a horse. When I finally caught up to them I scolded them for running my horses that hard. I explained that my horses hadn't been worked that much recently to be prepared for such a hard run. I remember being anxious regarding the possibility of either horse coming up lame. As it turned out everything was fine. BEN was a very fearless rider. Probably the way he approached surfing and skiing.

Another Ben story comes to mind. We were riding north on Cannon Beach and we decided to race. I always felt my Palomino colored gelding, Sensational, was the fastest horse in my barn. As I took the lead I never expected to see BEN on my smaller black mare, Cricket, come sailing past me at a hard gallop. He broke my heart.

The silliest time I ever saw BEN on a horse was the day he, his daughter, April and I road to Indian Beach. As usual the mounties tended to ignore our horses invasion of the park that day. When we tied up to watch the surfers BEN decided to ride my big gelding, The Senator (aka BIG), backwards in the saddle down the parking lot. He gave us all a good reason to laugh.

BOB WAYNE 2/19/21
Posted by Wendy Wilson on February 19, 2021
Memories will make it so you are always with us. Thank you for what you gave us.
Posted by John Forgie on February 19, 2021
So sad to hear the news of Dr. Cockroft my deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Cockroft's family and coworkers at Providence Hospital. 
Dr Cockroft was my personal physician, I really enjoyed my visits with him. He was a valuable member of our community he will be sadly missed.
Posted by Damon Skogseth on February 19, 2021
I don’t even know where to begin. My mom called me while I was working today and gave me the sad news. I had to pull the car over.... I am sad, shocked, devastated, and I want this to be a bad dream. Please wake me up!
I met Ben in January of 2011. I had been plagued with drug addiction and was in a very bad place in my life. Ben was warm, welcoming, and he didn’t judge me. He saw something in me that I certainly hadn’t. I had tried several times in the past to get sober and it always ended in relapse. I even went to an impatient treatment program.... still relapsed. From the moment I met Ben and started his suboxone program.... I thrived. Ben was always kind, warm, and supportive. If he needed to be stern he would. He was strict but fair. I couldn’t believe it.... I never looked back and last month on January 12th I celebrated 10 years clean and sober. None of it would have been possible without Dr. Cockcroft. He pushed me to be better. He motivated me to want to be better. I remember he got a little emotional when I celebrated 1 year sober. He was so proud of me. Today, I am proud of the man I have become. I have a great job, I take care of my mom who is also a patient of Bens, and I am a contributing member of our community. I owe it all to Dr. Benjamin Cockcroft and I will never forget him. My heart, thoughts, prayers, and love go out to his wife and kids. Your husband/dad was truly a human angel who saved my life and I am honored to have known him.
Damon Thor Skogseth

PS: I had to mention this...about 6 years ago I had a terrible hand injury and had to have 2 surgeries on it. The pharmacy had screwed up my prescription and I called Bens office. I had to leave a message but within 20 minutes he was at my work with prescription in hand. It was a Friday and he worried I wouldn’t have my medicine over the weekend. That is the kind of guy he was. I will miss him.
Posted by Suni Paz on February 19, 2021
Ben always visited me when he came to Nevada and we had lunch together.
In California, we always met in a Museum that had a place for children.
There we sat and chat a storm while April play in the toy kitchen and serve us sumptuous dishes. I'm left with this beautiful memory of him, his kindness and his smile that I loved. He was a supportive and wonderful friend and a great father to his kids. It is a terrible shock. It will take me more than awhile to recover.He is in my mind, my heart, and my prayers, together with Lindy and the boys. April, you have a special place in my heart. Lindy, dear, my condolences to you all!!! Suni Paz
Posted by Mary Rohner on February 18, 2021
I met Dr. Cockcroft in 2017 when my Worker's Compensation claim was still open.  Having him there as my doctor during a tough time in my life helped me to not feel like a "number in the system" anymore.  He was one of the sweetest doctors I've ever met and I will remember the times I told him about my hobby in gardening.
Posted by Lynnet Anderson on February 19, 2021
Words can not express the heart ache that Brian and I have for the loss of our friend Ben. The Cockcroft family have been in our lives for over 20 years. We were brought together initially through our kids, but the Love of Surfing and Snowboarding brought us all together as one big family. Ben was our icon....his passion and love for surfing kept us in awe. Between us there are so many memories of surf contests, snowboarding trips and the endless pursuit of good waves and epic snow conditions. Ben was always on it! As Ben and Brian grew older (Ben had 10 years on Bri, but you never would have known it) Ben would continuously tell Brian to “use it or loose it” every time he was too tired to surf!! If Ben was sick or tired Brian would tell Ben to take care of himself...Ben would just reply...you know me Brian I never take it easy!!!
We are going to miss Bens passion, enthusiasm, kindness, generosity and his laid back easiness of life in ways we can not begin to comprehend. We get comfort in knowing that all his qualities live on in Lindy, April, Travis and Lucas and that they will forever be part of our family.
Posted by Sharyl Magnuson Boyle on February 19, 2021
I've known Ben since joining the Providence Group in Aug of '19----Just a few months before we all changed the way we practice medicine due to Covid. Ben and I shared an office, so we initially got to visit a bit. With Covid, Ben arranged his schedule to usually not be in the office when I was there so that we wouldn't contaminate each other's air. I appreciated that. 
Practicing with Ben, I got to know his style, and grew to really respect his way of practice. When he decided to go half time, I took on several of his patients. With these patients, my respect for Ben grew. He practiced at a level one rarely sees outside of an academic setting. Diagnosing and managing complicated and rare conditions seemed to be no problem for Ben, just taken in stride. He was a gem. I don't think that the practice really realized the quality of physician they had in Dr Cockcroft because he was a pretty humble guy. Sharing patients with Ben, I do know his quality, and I regret not having had the opportunity to let him know how much I respected his talents and abilities.
We always think there will be time to thank a colleague, to recognize him, to let him know how he is valued---and then there is no more time. I hope his family will know from me that he was an exceptional physician. He had rare skills and insights. His patients will really miss him. I will miss him.
Posted by David Higgins on February 18, 2021
Dr Ben has been my physician since my wife and I moved to Seaside over 7 years ago. I was supposed to see him today Thursday and got a call this morning that my appointment was going to be postponed or canceled at that time they did not give me the reason why. This is such sad news and I pray for not only his wife and family but all the other people that knew Dr Ben. Dr Ben, you will be missed.
Posted by Wayne Sherman on February 19, 2021
I knew you before you were Dr. Ben. First year college political discussions late into the nite. Always asking if I wanted to come surfing with you, that you had a board for me and well, maybe a wetsuit. Butch running along side your VW Bug that second year on Opal Cliffs, giving that half timber wolf some exercise, while you checked the local surf spots from The Hook to Pleasure Pt. Music blasting, that restrained chuckle from you always, surfer or serious student, the guy who recorded the periodic table into cassette tapes and played them on headphones as he fell asleep. Driven to greatness and what a life you lived. Loved by all who knew you, helping so many people, and embracing life to the fullest. I'm so glad to have called you a friend if even only forged over those several college years that created a bond for life. It didn't matter how many years went by, when I saw you and spoke with you it was always the same Ben, but all that you achieved, and all the lives you touched made you so much more. I'm so sorry for your family, Lindy and the kids, your brothers and family. Your light burned bright, my friend. May it inspire us all to make the most of our time, to make a difference in our lives. Live fully. Like my friend, Ben.
Posted by Donna Mullins on February 18, 2021
I began working with Ben in September 1994, and spent the next 12 years working directly with him. I saw how caring and compassionate he was with ALL of his patients, it didn’t matter their financial or insurance status, he treated them all equally. He was a model for the Providence Mission.  He did everything within his power to keep his patients as healthy as he possibly could. Most all of my family called him their Doctor, because I knew they were in caring and capable hands. He diagnosed my mom with lung cancer, at an early enough stage that she was cured, and lived many more years. I knew he touched many lives, and reading through his memorial page just confirms what a tragic loss this is to so many.
Lindy, April, Travis, and Lucas, I am so sorry for the hurt you are experiencing. I hope you are able to find some comfort in reading through the remembrances, and knowing the impact Ben had on so many. There are people living today because of his perseverance and dedication to caring for them.
And to my co-caregivers, and members of Team A, we will never be the same, but we have some great memories of the antics of Dr. Cockcroft. He will be missed and there will never be anyone who can fill his shoes. Fist bumps and hugs to all.
Posted by Steve Ford on February 18, 2021
I am just shocked that Ben is gone. Last saw him in August when I went in for my annual check up. He was my doctor for at least 30 years maybe longer. Ben was one of the nicest, friendliest, honest, and most caring people I have ever met. He and I caught a lot of waves over the years in Seaside and he took me to Mexico for a week and we camped out with his fellow doctors. He was just in all around great person and humanitarian.
Posted by Mindy Arden on February 18, 2021
I've gotten the privilege of working with Dr Cockcroft for the past 10 years. 10 years of learning from him, 10 years of his kindness. 10 years of memories and learning experience that I get to keep. He was a brilliant and amazing provider for our patients. He will forever be missed, but not forgotten. Definitely taken way too soon from us. My heart breaks for lindy and the kids, but you guys have memories that you get to keep too. He has left a hole in our hearts,
but our memories will keep us going.
Love you guys.
Posted by Kindwyn Hoge on February 18, 2021
Dr Cockcroft was our family practice doctor who treated my husband and son and I. We are so heartbroken that he passed away. What a huge loss for the community. We will miss him so much. He was a good doctor and a really great person. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by Paulina Cockrum on February 18, 2021
Last time I saw Ben, we hadn't seen one another for a while, we were both working out at Sunset Pool, we had goggles and head caps on, but he still recognized me. We worked together for years at Providence, me doing my admin thing and him with his busy practice and the occasional stint in Medical Staff Affairs. Misdirected emails found their way to one others mail box when folks picked his name rather than mine on the giant email roster. Always patient centered, happy go lucky and a great person. My thoughts are with LIndy, and the rest of the family, so very sorry for this devastating loss for your family.
Posted by Craig Spjut on February 18, 2021
Through many people who I have met at the beach and as it happens, many become my friend. Ben was one of those people at the beach who became my friend. I have always had respect for his surfing and as a human being.
My deepest sympathy for his family.
Posted by Jeffrey Ford on February 18, 2021
So sorry to hear of Ben's passing. I was the new doc after Ben had been at the clinic a while. He was always helpful and supportive as I got my bearings. He was so loved by his patients and staff, it is a great loss for the community that he dedicated his life to serving. My condolences to Lindy and the family.
Posted by Duke Park on February 18, 2021
I am from Seaside where Dr. Cockcroft spent caring for many and raising his family! I am now at UC Irvine School of Medicine where he trained many years ago. On behalf of the Anteater family I offer my condolences to family and friends of the Cockcrofts!
Posted by Julie Edwards on February 18, 2021
I have been a patient of Dr. Cockroft’s for 6 years. I have to give him thanks for giving my family and my life back. He truly cared about his patient’s, he truly had compassion for each one of us.. He made the world a better place... I was blessed to have him as my doctor.
Posted by Peter Cochran on February 18, 2021
My deepest sympathies go to Ben’s family; Lindy, April, Travis, and Lucas. I am crushed by the loss of Ben. He was my surfing buddy and he brought so much joy with his stoke and kindness. He got me into contest surfing for old men and we used to duel for results—good natured, but he was very serious about doing his best in competition. His humility showed when he seemed to not recognize how good his surfing really was. His stoke came through when he would text me to discuss when the waves would be good, even if the surf would be sub-par. Along with Travis, we would often be the only ones out at our favorite spot. The Seaside surfing community has suffered a tremendous loss, but will always remember Ben’s smile, easy going nature, and enthusiasm.
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Posted by lindy cockcroft on March 5, 2021
Benjamin Cockcroft
I don’t know where to start, I am so saddened by this news.
   He was such a fantastic human, intelligent, funny, always smiling and adventurous. I went to medical school and residency with Ben. I feel like I have millions of stories mostly between 1982 and 2005. Even though we stopped doing as many things together as we focused on family and work he was one of my best friends. We would stilI call each other and talk about cases, family and surf.
     I met Ben in medical school while at the University of California at Irvine and we hit it off immediately, I loved his quirky sense of humor, sense of adventure, shared his love of the ocean, and his dog ‘Butch’ who came to class with him regularly and went on many trips with us. He was in the class one year behind me but was only one of three surfers In our medical school at that time. We started surfing together and ended up taking many surf trips to many beaches including Mexico and Costa Rica, we went separately to Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji  but shared our stories and adventures. I remember him doing a stand-up comedy routine at the medical school talent show, he was fearless!
    We ended up doing our residency together at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital in San Pedro / Palos Verdes area. We continued to surf together and take more trips. He was in medical school when he met Lindy and they had one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to. I told him about a place I loved to go to surf, camp and hike in the 70s along the Northern Oregon and Washington coast. After residency we both went up to visit in 1989 and were both offered jobs. Unfortunately my mother was sick and I was taking care of her at that time and could not leave. I remember meeting Wally,  Hugh their families and the staff realizing what a wonderful place and opportunity it was. Ben and Lindy went on to live an idyllic life in an idyllic location raising a family of three. Our lives took separate courses, even though we stopped seeing each other much after 2005(our last trips to Mexico and Costa Rica together that year) we still kept in touch. Our last conversation was on my phone  on 02/15/21 and I was amazed he was still snowboarding when I in my older age was being satisfied with walks and hikes. I’m so saddened by this, I pray for his family - he is irreplaceable.
I could only find a few of our photos so far— I know there are many more somewhere




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Posted by Kari Anne Budge on March 5, 2021
I was unaware that Dr. Cockcroft had passed until today. Dr. Cockcroft was the first provider I worked with for my Medical Assisting externship. I enjoyed my time working with him immensely and learned a lot from him by watching his interactions with his patients. I had the opportunity to meet his wife Lindy as well. I offer my deepest, heartfelt condolences to Lindy, their children, and the PMG North Coast family for their loss.
Posted by Kemy Kjemhus on March 5, 2021
Doctor Cockcroft was my mother's provider before I moved down to Seaside in 2012. He provided such good care for her and he provided good health for me. I shall miss his smiling face and good humor. He was the best doctor I have ever had. I could talk with him and discuss anything and I always felt good about coming into for my annual physical.  I send my condolences and prayers for his family and loved ones. He shall be so missed.
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Shared by Saj Rambob on March 5, 2021
I loved working with Dr. Cockroft. Every time we had a bad baby at seaside, he would come to the nursery and take charge. When would ask who was on call for peds and they said Ben, I could relax. 
More than being an amazing Physician, he was a great person. I loved chatting with him, watching him surf and was grateful for the path to the beach he rebuilt every summer. 
I remember one afternoon being at the cove section with Zarah across from our house and seeing the coast guard helicopter hovering. 
I was wondering what happened and your mom rushed up there and told me that your dad went out to rescue a noob from the rip tide. I was so nervous. Then I saw your dad walking on the rocks with his helmet. He casually said that it happens and he needed some help.
Amazing! He will be truly missed. I know how proud he is of you and your brothers. 

On the concrete in Vagas

Shared by Linda Adams on February 25, 2021
We were all in Vagas for Eric's 50th birthday we walked all over town and we're hurrying back to catch the bus to get back to the Orleans when I tripped over a manhole cover sticking out of the sidewalk and down I went really bad on my face and knees. Didn't think I'd ever walk again but Dr Ben said put an ice pack on my knee and in about a hour I was back at the slots and bar all ok thanks to the Dr Bens the best ever always will be

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Shared by Deborah Boone on February 24, 2021
I remember meeting Ben when I took my son in for something. We both liked him immediately. He was friendly and approachable and my son was comfortable talking to him even if he was a bit direct with his questions! I’m sad to hear that he has passed on but I smiled when I heard he was snowboarding. Rest In Peace Dr. Cockcroft