Sunrise December 20, 1978 – Sunset – August 25, 2023
The Thomas, Urey, and Gaye families announce with heavy hearts and profound sadness the untimely passing of their beloved father, son, brother, nephew, cousin, and mentor, Cochise K. Thomas. He was called to eternal rest on Friday, August 25, 2023, at the UCSF Hospital in San Francisco.
Coch aka CoBlooded the Great aka the “protector” as he was affectionately known, was born in Monrovia, Liberia. Coch was highly spiritual and understood that God had a greater purpose for his life. He touched the lives of people he encountered. His passion was and always has been music since his early childhood. As a self-made music artist, Coch created music that reached and impacted the lives of people across the globe, including his homeland Liberia. In addition to music, Coch’s second love was nonprofit work with an emphasis on supporting and empowering marginalized youth. Additionally, his nonprofit work included uplifting communities locally in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally in Liberia. Last, Coch focused recent years on health and wellness – emphasizing the use of natural foods and products to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. In addition to spending quality time with his children, Coch enjoyed cooking, which was his main love language.
He was loved by many people and involved in many organizations globally. In recent years, Coch expanded his footprints to political activism and believed in the continuous development of Liberia’s future. He strongly supported former Vice President/current 2023 Presidential Candidate, Joseph Boakai, of the Unity Party in Liberia.
He was very generous and will be missed.
He leaves to mourn the following family members:
Children: Cochise Thomas Jr., Destinie Thomas, Jasiyah Thomas, Kailani Thomas, Alayssia Thomas, Tatiyana Thomas, and Anthony Alvarez-Thomas;
Parents: Father Prince Thomas, Father Sampson Gaye, and Mother Felecia Urey-Gaye;
Siblings: Molley Shaffa, Samlecia D. Gaye, Esq., Samcia Louise Gaye, Samfe Tiada Gaye, Sampson Gaye Jr., Makra Gaye, Elizabeth Thomas-Kallaw, Derrick Thomas, Geraldo Thomas; and all other siblings we may have missed;
Aunties: Annabel Urey-Tingba, Edwina Urey-Stewart, Dorothy Hopkins, Anna Urey, Younger Bryant, Marilyn Urey;;
Uncles: Clemenceau Urey, Henrique Urey, David Bryant, Benoni Urey, and a host of other relatives.
Special Mention Predeceased: Coch was predeceased by his brother Chandler Thomas, dearest grandmother Mrs. Louise K. Urey, Aunt Ms. Jane T. Urey, Uncle Mr. Andrew B. Urey, and Aunt Mrs. Julia Mensah.
Funeral Service Details
Wake Keeping Service
Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Location and Time: will be updated
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023 Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California
Interment: Immediately following the funeral service. Details will be provided later.
Hotel Accommodations in San Francisco Bay Area
- Parc 55 Hotel (approximately 10 miles away from service location)
- Hilton Hotel San Francisco Union Square (approximately 1.7 miles away from service location)
- Marriott Marquis (approximately 3 miles away from service location)
- Homewood Suites (approximately 15.1 miles away from service location)
- Marriott City Center Oakland (approximately 13.2 miles away from service location)
South San Francisco (near San Francisco Airport)
- DoubleTree by Hilton (approximately 12 miles away from service location)
- Homewood Suites (approximately 9.2 miles away from service location)
Felecia Urey-Gaye, (925) 437-3067
Sam Gaye, (925) 457-3385
Molley Shaffa, (925) 448-6159
Samcia Gaye, (925) 953-0701
Elizabeth Tutu Thomas, (240) 305-7555
Annabel Urey–Tingba, (240) 731-7136
Prince Thomas, 011231886510114
Clemenceau Urey, 011231886511335
Henrique Urey, 011231770992085