The Great China Skywalk by Jay Cochrane, Qutang Gorge; The greatest highwire walk ever performed.
The Great China Skywalk by Jay Cochrane, Qutang Gorge; The greatest highwire walk ever performed.

 

Jay Cochrane 1944 - 2013

On what would have been Jay Cochrane's 70th birthday, May 1, 2014, we remember the man who made so many children happy with his goal of raising money for groups like Tender Wishes or the Boys and Girls Club.

We also remember his indomitable spirit and his journeys across the sky. He may be gone from us, but we will never forget.

Read his tribute by Shane Peacock  ---  Read and share remembrances on jaycochrane.com


Elizabeth Renzetti presents a moving tribute to Jay Cochrane in the December 6, 2013, edition of The Globe and Mail.

The Cochrane Family:

During the difficult months preceding Jay Cochrane’s passing, there were very special people ready to help in every way they could. Cory Neudorf , Jay’s right arm man and dear friend is one of them. Cory was not only instrumental in those final days, but well over the past 12 years. Jay could not speak enough praise, toward Cory’s character, hard work ethic, reliable dedication, and certainly not least...their loyal friendship. “A rare breed” Jay would say. Read more of the family's message

Message From Pamela Cochrane:
As I held his hand, he passed peacefully,knowing the 'legacy of giving' would not fall on deaf ears. I thank all of you for your kind and thoughtful sentiments,and express 'extreme' gratitude to those who helped our family through this difficult time.

Tributes From Friends:

Steve Sless:
Like others on this remembrance page, I had the honor of accompanying Jay to China for his historic and awe-inspiring Yangtze River Skywalk.  The entire 3 weeks was an incredible adventure, and I can easily recall Jay's positive, and peaceful demeanor, even when issues arose.  After the Yangtze Skywalk, Jay and I had a one on one meeting with Donald Trump in his Trump Tower office, where Jay discussed a plan for an event in Atlantic City.  Donald listened intently and respectfully; clearly he had never met an individual quite like Jay before.  The day of Jay's Yangtze River walk, I was assigned my position in the VIP viewing stands, alongside at least fifty high ranking Chinese military officials in full dress uniform.  As Jay walked, every eye and every set of binoculars watched every step of Jay's performance, most, like myself, staring at the skill, bravery, and showmanship of this man. Thankfully, I have many photos of my 1995 experience, an incredible slice of
life that I am forever grateful to have been a small part of.  RIP Jay.

Karen Hacker:
R.I.P. my friend Jay Cochrane .... a man of hope, dreams and courage. You where a passive fun encouraging man unless your safety was jeopardized, then shit hit the fan....... Read more and share remembrances

Rik Paulsen:
I had the privilege of working with Jay and his team on two of his Guinness Book of World Record performances: the walk across the Yangtze River at the Three Gorges Dam in China in 1995 (highest and longest walk), and the Flamingo Hotel walk in Las Vegas in 1998 (longest walk blindfolded).  These events gave me opportunities to see how only a quality performing professional like Jay could handle difficult situations......... Read more and share remembrances