With the passing of Warren Cocke, the city of San Bernardino lost a real gem from its long list of servants.
I first met this smiling man during our service with the Arrowhead United Way we worked on the allocation process together and gave funds to non-profit agencies such as the Girl and Boy Scouts. Warren was the chair of the committee I was assigned to serve on back in the late sixties. I was new to the United Way but was a scoutmaster and worked at Edison.
The thing that impressed me so much about this man was his warm smile and friendly way of making you feel welcome. Then when I found out he was a policeman, I could not believe it because of his demeanor. Warren would take great patience in teaching the committee members our responsibility to make sure the money was allocated to the organizations serving the greatest need in the community.
From that interaction with Warren, I developed a closer working relationship with and trust in the police department. We need more people in law enforcement like Warren Cocke. Even after he retired we stayed in touch and often talked about city politics.
It was just three years ago I heard a familiar voice in the hallway of my office on Waterman and it was Warren stopping by to say hello and to find out how I was doing. He gave me words of encouragement and wanted me to know he was thinking about me. This was the kind of guy he was — always thinking about others and their well-being.
The city lost a great citizen and gem and I have lost a friend.