John Cochin Jr.,87, beloved teacher, coach, lover of baseball, the arts and community public servant died on December 18, 2023 at home in Sanford. He was born on August 16, 1936, to John Cochin Sr. and Beatrice (Grenier) Cochin in Sanford, where he was a lifelong resident and a cherished asset to the community. At the age of 10, John’s passion for baseball was ignited by his neighbor, policeman Eugene Gerry, who taught him the game. This marked the beginning of a lifelong love affair with baseball, leading to his induction into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. John Cochin made significant contributions to Sanford, dedicating 48 years to teaching, coaching, and community service. He began his career as a Junior High science teacher, later becoming a long-time chemistry teacher at Sanford High School. John’s impact extended beyond the classroom, as he took on the role of head baseball coach in 1972, leading the team to a state title in 1978. He retired from his teaching career in 2008. This past summer, he had a baseball field and chemistry laboratory dedicated to him at Sanford High School. A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he will be deeply missed for his inspirational coaching, involvement in family events, and memorable vacations. John was an avid hiker and accomplished conquering all 48 peaks in New Hampshire and found solace in being outdoors. His three daughters Brenda, Lisa and Kristi and their families along with seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother James Cochin and sister Joyce Cochin-Nelson Scally of Sanford survive him. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale. Read his full obituary at https://blackfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/john-cochin.