Tribute to Napoleon Cockern
Looking back, this experience counts as a rare privilege in my life. Mr Cockern was, of course, courteous and respectful of all the members we encountered and he remembered all manner of details about their specific requirements. However, he was also clear-minded regarding credit union policies and procedures. Mr Cockern understood that, for a community institution to survive and thrive, it must balance between treating its clients with compassion, while also ensuring the organization maintains utmost integrity. If the organization loses its way, it will soon lose its clients too, and we will all be worse off.
I appreciated this a great deal. In my mind, Mr Cockern will always be a pillar and an example to follow. His actions fit his words. He believed in the ideals of cooperativism and community, and his countless years of voluntary service and dedication demonstrated his faith.
On a personal level, I admired him for his sense of humor, his deep decency as a human being and a man of faith, and his generosity. I enjoyed every conversation we ever had. I looked forward to visiting with him even after I no longer spent time at the church, and I will miss him a great deal.