Lt. Commander Anthony R. Cosgrove,
U. S. Naval Ready Reserve Corps
Lt. Commander Anthony R. Cosgrove, of West Orange and Monmouth Beach NJ died at his residence on May 15, 2012. He is survived and will be forever loved and missed by his four children, Dr. Lauren Cosgrove of Potomac, MD; Louellen Welsch of Colorado Springs, CO, David Cosgrove of Short Hills NJ, and Patrick Cosgrove of Stamford, CT. He is also mourned by his nine grandchildren. Mr. Cosgrove was pre-deceased by his beloved wife Betty Joan and brother Joseph.
Lt. Commander Cosgrove was born in Jersey City NJ in 1923, graduated from Saint Peter’s College and went on to receive his Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. During World War II, he attended Naval Officers training school at Notre Dame University and was assigned to active duty in 1940, first to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, then to Saipan and later in support of the 6th Marine Corps invasion of Iwo Jima. He also served as the US Navy Harbormaster at Subic Bay, Philippines and was stationed in Londonderry, N. Ireland after the War. He went on to teach Chemistry at the US Naval Academy in the 1950s and joined Shell Chemical Corporation in 1954, embarking on a 35 year career in Sales. He spent the majority of those years with his family and their many dear friends in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was active as a member of St. Gabriel’s church, the Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, and as a polling station volunteer for the Charlotte Elections Board.