2003-05-21 / Obituaries

Guy D. Cockburn

Guy D. Cockburn, age 88 of Garrison, NY, died on Wednesday May 14, 2003 at his residence in Garrison.

Born in England on November 5, 1914, he was the son of the late Brian Hilton Horsefall and Constance Lula (Moser) Cockburn.

Mr. Cockburn was an Arborist operation Guy D. Cockburn Ltd. in Garrison for many years. Earning numerous labels, "The FDR of New York Christmas Tree Growers Asso." "The Babe Ruth of Christmas Tree Contest Ribbon Winners", "The Godfather of Christmas Trees", "Mr. Douglas-fir of the East Coast", "Christmas Tree Consultant" and "Christmas Tree Judge". He was the four time President of NYCTGA, and for many years served as a director for the group. He had been a NYS Grand Champion five times, and a National Champion twice. He had the privilege of supplying trees for the White House during the Ford and Carter administrations. In 1971 he set a record at the NYS Fair by entering six Christmas Trees and winning six Blue Ribbons and Grand Champion. Mr. Cockburn did extensive research dealing with perfection and experimentation of Christmas trees and willingly shared his knowledge with growers everywhere. Because of his location near NYC his trees often appeared at Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Plaza. NYS Governor George Pataki, his friend and neighbor refers to Mr. Cockburn as "Mr. Christmas Tree".

He is survived by his wife Neysa (Macdonald) Cockburn of the home address. By two daughters, Bonnie Buck of Garrison and Barbara Heather Gallo of Garrison. One sister, Joan Cole of Miami, FL, two grandchildren, Derek John Gallo and Marlaina Neysa Gallo, and one great-grandson Matthew David Vega. Mr. Cockburn was predeceased by one brother, Richard Coburn and one sister Phyllis Beardsley.

Funeral Services were held on Saturday May 17, 2003 at St. Philips Church in the Highlands Garrison. Interment followed in St. Philips Cemetery. Under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home Cor. Parrott and Pine St. Cold Spring, NY.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in Mr. Cockburn’s name to St. Philips Church for a Planting Fund, or to the Garrison Volunteer Fire Co, or to the Garrison Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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