David Lee Cocagne

March 14, 1969December 28, 2014
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The Cocagne family wishes to thank all those who celebrated David Cocagne's life by attending the funeral services or expressing sympathy in other ways. Please know that the sharing of your love for David helps us to begin to heal the hole we have in our hearts. Several of you asked about gifts to be given in David's name; one of his employers has given us an answer. David taught private guitar lessons at Clarkston Conservatory for more than ten years. We are collaborating with Clarkston Conservatory to create a scholarship fund for guitar students who take lessons there. The Clarkston Conservatory already manages another scholarship fund in honor of a former teacher, so they are set up for this purpose. Donating to a non-profit is usually tax deductible - T.I.N. #38-3280736 If you wish to donate to this fund, please make checks to: Clarkston Conservatory of Music memo- David Cocagne scholarship fund And mail to: Clarkston Conservatory of Music attn: Jim Wilhelmsen - David Cocagne Scholarship Fund 49 S. Main Street Clarkston, MI 48346

David Cocagne, March 14, 1969 - December 28, 2014 With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to David, who passed away too early, at age 45, in Royal Oak, Michigan. David’s immediate family includes his Mom and Dad, Dixie and Charles Cocagne; his two loving brothers, Andrew and Edward and their families: Andy’s wife Carole and their children Matthew and Natalie; and Ed’s wife Panya and their son Arthur; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and their spouses; and finally, David’s long-time performance partner Michael Blaszkiewicz. David was much beloved by his family, and, because of his genial and kind nature, much beloved also by a host of friends and musician colleagues. A consummate musician, David’s career began when he was just a teenager at Northville High School, beginning with electric guitar lessons and finding his way into various rock and roll performance opportunities. While living in Venezuela when his father was transferred there, he became interested in Spanish guitar and Latin music. By the time he was ready to decide on a college career, he knew he wanted to study music. He completed his B.A. and Master’s degree in classical guitar performance, under his teacher Joe Fava, who learned from Andrés Segovia. David lived music, both in the classroom and on the stage. He had a long teaching career, most recently at Clarkston Conservatory of Music and at Oakland Community College. Lucky students of all ages learned their chops from David. He was such a good teacher because he was such a good performer. He loved spending his spare time performing, and over the years, could be found in grubby bars as well as on the classical stage. He organized several bands playing rock (Feisty Cadavers) and jazz (The Troubadours), and classical concerts with his performance partner Mike B. Above all, David was family oriented, and a loyal friend. He loved to host family events, and played for family and friends whenever the occasion occurred. Most recently, he joined his Mom and Dad and some members of the choir of St. Francis of Assisi church playing Christmas carols up and down the halls of the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Visitation will be at Muehlig Funeral Chapel (403 S Fourth Ave, corner of William) on Monday, January 5th, 2015, 3 – 7:00 pm and at St. Francis of Assisi church (corner of E Stadium and St. Francis) on Tuesday, January 6th, 10 - 11:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Please visit to leave the family your condolences.


  • Visitation Monday, January 5, 2015
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 6, 2015
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, January 6, 2015

David Lee Cocagne

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Supriya Kopf

August 11, 2015

Just learned of his passing today. I was a friend of his and Frances. Very much enjoyed listening to his music with the Troubadours. Deepest condolences to your family.

Daniel Showalter

May 5, 2015

I remember Dave from the WSU Men's Glee Club. We went to Wales together with the MGC and came in 3rd place for Male groups. Dave was such and calm and happy guy. I loved hear him and Mike play their guitars. We will miss him and his music. He's in the front row, 2nd from the left with his constant pony tail.

Frances Samarco (Cocagne)

February 19, 2015

I miss you so very deeply Davey C. You will always be everything to me....I will always love you,
I will always remember you, I will never ever ever let you go.

February 6, 2015

I too just learned about this tragic news today. I am saddened that I missed the memorial. My condolences to the entire Cocagne family. Steven Dearing

Kara Buback

January 27, 2015

Well mr David was my guitar teacher until my dad got a call that said David will not be teaching any more and to this day i just figured this terible thing out and I cried so much I felt like I barly got to meet him with love kara bipuback

Paul Miller

January 11, 2015

I just found out today and am deeply saddened by David's passing. I have been a student of his at the Clarkston Conservatory for over a year now. I took up guitar then, in my retirement, and he was always caring and supportive even though I had no musical back ground what so ever. He will be missed by many.

Ryan W

January 11, 2015

I didn't know David very well but he was in a couple of my classes this past semester at EMU and he was such an amazing humble musician and a very kind and genuine person. We will surely miss him in the music program at Eastern and I am honored to have a piece of his music in my repertoire. My thoughts are with the Cocagne family in this difficult time.

Diane Winder

January 10, 2015

The Department of Music & Dance at Eastern Michigan University mourns this loss and sends strength and music to heal and support David's family, students and many colleagues.

Roberta Justice

January 9, 2015

I am truly saddened to hear of this. David had joined our music therapy program to expand his uses of music in the world, and I looked forward to getting to know him better. The world is diminished by his leaving. My condolences to all of his family and circle of friends.

Mary Rose Nieman

January 9, 2015

David was a fabulous musician and a caring individual. He was an acquaintance of mine in the music therapy program at EMU. He was such a valuable contribution to the program and a wonderful person to talk to. My thoughts and prayers reach out to the Cocagne family during this time of loss.