Billy Kocher

October 18, 2016

William J. Kocher, 74, of Camillus, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Upstate University Hospital at Community General. Born in Syracuse, he was a graduate of Vocational High School and was an Army veteran.

Bill retired from the Syracuse Police Department after 24 years of service and worked for 20 years with Syracuse University Mail Department. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and volunteered as a cafeteria monitor at Holy Family School. An avid bicyclist, Bill participated in NY State and National competitions including, the International Police Olympics and Senior Olympics.

Bill also was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed SU sports and NASCAR but above all, loved spending time with his family, especially summer vacations in the Adirondacks with his grandchildren.

There will never be another husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend like Bill.

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Catharine Kocher; and son, Timothy James Kocher.

Surviving are his wife, the former Carolyn Shenandoah; daughter, Maria Kocher-Chawgo of Camillus; son, William (Suzette) Kocher of Marcellus; sister, Mary (Tom) Ryan of Elbridge; brothers, Emil (Mary Beth) Kocher and Paul Kocher, both of Westvale and Phillip (Mary Lou) Kocher of Liverpool; grandchildren, Camryn, Kara and Connor Chawgo, Sean, Emily and Olivia Kocher; special nephew, Brandon DeCaire of Myrtle Beach, SC; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call Sunday, October 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 24 at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church. Bill will be laid to rest in Onondaga Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Family School, c/o Tuition Assistance, 130 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, NY 13219 or to Holy Family Food Pantry, 127 Chapel Dr., Syracuse, NY 13219.



Below are samples of Facebook remarks when Bill passed away. I'm sure I join every cop who ever worked with Bill in saying that I am richer for having known him.


William Hanna Very sorry to learn of that. He was a good man. Rest in Peace.


Mark Hoyer My prayers go out to Bill and his family, a great person and officer, RIP!!😓


John R Douglass RIP Bill. A gentleman and great training officer.


Wendy Tiffin RIP Bill


Mike Conroy Sad news for sure, Billy was a great guy , great Cop and great family man he will be missed
RIP brother Bill !


Mike Lemm Rest in peace Bill


Tim Erwin Great guy, great Cop. What a loss. A true gentleman. 66 Car had it all covered. His Dad was a legend on the SPD, his brother a NYSP trooper. There was none finer then Billy. When my wife Denise came on and was the first "road female Cop" back in 1974 he was one of the few who treated her like a lady. God bless him & his family . RIP


Carl Hoyt Sr. From Police Academy to this Day a Good Friend who will be missed


Joanne Battista Renaud I am so sadden to hear this, he was one of my first training officers on the job and I thought he was the best! The people in the 640s knew and loved him. It's a sad sad day not only for his family but for our family in blue.


John Tierney One of the greatest. Definitely my favorite mentor. RIP Bill. Condolences to your family and friends. You will be missed.


Larry Bonanni Bill was a man that always smiled and had a gentleman's kind word. Bill will be missed. RIP .


Jim Driscoll RIP Billy...I remember those days in 66 car...great times ..great cop...


Brian Mugsy McGraw Bill was the most respected cop that I have ever had the pleasure to have known. Bill never had a bad word to say and encouraged everyone to do the best they could. Bill I will miss that smile and the love you had for your family and friends. The great times we had with you and your family during our football games and with your two sons. Rest in Peace my good friend.