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LEDYARD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '73 MEMORIALS
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Lynn Holdridge Cochrane

December 26, 1955 - August 8, 2023

 

Lynn was born in Norwich Connecticut.

 

She was a:

  • Daughter to Paul and Allene.

  • Wife to Jim.

  • Mother to Justin and Rory.

  • Grandmother to Joshua, Lauren and Madelyn.

  • Sister to Elaine and Shari.

 

Lynn resided in Gales Ferry.

 

Lynn always lit up a room with her kindness and gentle ways. She was in a book club I led and always contributed with such thoughtfulness and empathy toward characters. Fairly new to my job, she stood out to me right away as she expressed such caring to me and all our group members.”

                                                        - Andrea Holbrook

 

After almost thirty years living next door, I will miss (Lynn’s) kind spirit, sweet laugh, and her friendship.”

                                                               - Zoe Higgins

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Edward E. Huntley

May 4, 1955 - September 20, 2014

 

“Buddy” was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

 

He was a:

  • to Irving and Pauline.

  • to Georgeanna.

  • to Donald, Heidi, Heather, George and Jennifer

  • to April, Cleora and Kathleen.

  • Grandfather to seven.

  • to two.

 

Buddy had been employed for many years at Cagin Concrete as a cement finisher. He also enjoyed playing pool and video games. A very social person, Buddy was known to have a few with friends following a long day at work.

 

“I met Buddy through friends at Cabin Concrete. One of the nicest people I have come across here in RI. He loved to laugh, have fun, work hard, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He spoke highly of his wife and was all around just a plain nice guy.”

                                                         - Donna Powers

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Mary Joanne Langford Suydam

1955-2015

 

Joanne was a:

  • Daughter to Denver and Nancy

  • Sister to  John, Jane, Julia

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     “Joan and I met in 6th grade and we became fast friends. We spent a lot of time together both in school and out. Weekends would come and she came over to my house and slept over so we had plenty of time to share together. What I remember was how easy she was to be around, in an even and steady manner. There was a maturity to her that I lacked and a confidence that was noticeable even at that young age. She had a quiet exuberance that wasn’t over the top, yet she shined.

     With an older sister, Jane, and brother, John, in high school she had the inside scoop on a lot of things I didn’t know and she freely shared her wisdom about what to expect in high school.

      Joan was the person who introduced me to the skills it would require to be a cheerleader and gymnast. She told me that we’d better start training now (6th grade) because it will take that long to be good enough to make the squad. The news that that would take 3 years was a bit daunting. In my living room, she sat on the floor across from me and showed me how to stretch my legs for splits, this being the very most important skill one needed to be a cheerleader. (ugh) In addition, she demonstrated the beginnings of cartwheels, forward rolls (things we could barely do in the house), how to stand properly to be a cheerleader and something I was never able to do, bend over backwards. She was so flexible and I was stiff as a board.

     Joan was an incredible athlete, as were her siblings Jane and John. They all had natural athletic ability. She was strong, fast and fearless, with a quiet power. In grammar school, we were a force at recess playing kickball and softball and we were undaunted by the boys.

     Once we got into 9th grade, Joan and I did try out for cheerleading and we were two of three freshman, along with our classmate, Pam Matson, who made the squad. The three of us went on to make the Varsity squad in our Sophomore year, something which was unheard of at the time and caused a bit of a stir.

      There was something mysterious about Joan and we resonated on that level. She had insight and confidence and  powerful in a quiet way and I admired her for all her traits.

       We eventually went separate ways as we each followed our own interests and met new friends. There will always be a special place for her in my heart though, as someone who had a profound effect on my high school experience.”                                       

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