ROSEMEAD — Robert De Cocker, a longtime elementary school principal elected to the City Council after his retirement, died Friday at his home of complications from a brain tumor. He was 64.
De Cocker was elected councilman in April, 1988. Previously he was a member of the city Planning Commission, where he helped develop legislation controlling the growth of Rosemead's multiple dwellings, mini-malls and motels.
"He was the proponent and active supporter of traffic-signal light improvements and other issues related to (traffic) congestion," said Donald J. Wagner, Rosemead's assistant city manager.
De Cocker retired from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District five years ago after serving 30 years as principal of Wing Lane, Hillgrove and Shadybend elementary schools. He was a teacher for four years before becoming a principal.