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Cosgro, J. Harold

Joseph Harold Cosgro, former resident of Westwood and Medfield, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at the Ellis Nursing Home in Norwood.  He was 98.  Harold was born May 19, 1914 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, one of the four children of Joseph H. and Estelle G. (Lent) Cosgro, and grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 1929 his family moved to Boston and Harold graduated from Boston English High School in 1933.  After High School he studied desiel engines and then served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War Two in the Detachment Medical Department, 48th General Hospital Division, serving in North Africa, Italy and France.  In 1947 he graduated from the Fenway School of Mechanical Optics.  He then worked for Polaroid Corporation.  Harold retired in 1979 after working for 19  years as a Master Optician for Itek Corporation.  He  was a member of West Roxbury-Dorchester Lodge, AF & AM for 53 years; a member of Eliot-Hyde Park Lodge AF & AM (now Celestial Lodge) in Westwood; a Past Commander of VFW Post 1812 in Maynard; a Life Member of VFW Post 2017 in Dedham; and a member of the First Baptist Church of Westwood.  Harold was the husband for fifty years of the late Marion E. (MacKenzie) and the father of the late Joseph H. Cosgro Jr. and the late Pamela Cosgro.  He was the twin brother of the late E. Harlow Cosgro and is survived by two sisters, June MacLellan of WA and Virginia Snow of Braintree; and his nieces and nephews, Charles J. MacLellan of Novato, CA, Dorothy J. Russell of Spanaway, WA, Richard H. Cosgro of Nashua, NH, Dana A. Cosgro of Hampton, VA, Glenn A. Cosgro of Norwood, Wayne Snow of WA, Debbie Snow of Taunton, Kenneth Snow of Hanson, and Beth Chiodi of Abington .  He was the uncle of the late Donald H. MacLellan Jr.  Visiting hours will be held Sunday, December 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, with a Masonic Servic at 7:30 PM by West Roxbury-Dorchester Lodge,  at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street (Route 109). Westwood.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend Harold’s funeral Monday at 10 AM at the First Baptist Church, 808 High St., Westwood, followed by burial with military honors in the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, Baker Street, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church, 808 High Street, Westwood, MA 02090 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Virginia Snow
    December 28th, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    I will miss my big brother – Harold. You will never be forgotten! Love, Virginia

  2. Beth Chiodi
    December 28th, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    We will miss you Uncle Harold, I will never forget the February school vacation week that I spent with you and Aunt Marion when I was 10 – boy did we get a lot of snow. Many happy memories! Love, Beth, George, Sarah & Robert.

  3. joy grinavic
    December 30th, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    Harold was a resident of the Ellis Nursing Home. My mother is also a resident (Rose Connolly). He would always greet you with a smile and he loved to dance. On Sunday’s when visiting my mom, Harold and I shared some two steps, he always outlasted me. I would ask him if he was tired and of course, he said no. He always requested “New York, New York” to dance to. He was very proud of the clocks he was making out of popsicle sticks. He was truly an amazing man and he will certainly be missed by everyone. You all are so fortunate to have had him in your family. Keep him alive in your heart with all your happy memories.

    Joy Grinavic

  4. John and Martha Cosgro Luther
    December 31st, 2012 | 11:02 am

    We will miss your Christmas cards Harold. You were always so good about remembering us. Love, Martha and John

  5. Pamela Pleasants
    January 2nd, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    My mother, Mattie, also a resident of the Ellis, lost a wonderful friend on Christmas. Harold always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share whenever I would see him during visits. His world famous clocks out of CRAFT sticks were gorgeous and the community at the Ellis just isn’t the same without him. Peace and prayers to his entire extended family.

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