Remembering the Life and Memory of...
LCpl. Christopher B. Cosgrove III
Hometown: Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, U.S.
Age: 23 years old
Died: October 1, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Unit: Marine Reserves, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Dover, N.J.
Birth: Aug. 9, 1983
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 2006
Al Anbar, Iraq
Lance Cpl. Christopher Cosgrove of Cedar Knolls was a 2001 graduate Whippany Park High School, where he was a dedicated member of the football, track and lacrosse teams. He was a very team-oriented young man and was very fond of Whippany Park High School. He attended and graduated from Monmouth University in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in history. During that time Chris played rugby with the Monmouth County Rugby Team. Being a Marine was very important to Chris. Prior to graduating from college, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines based at Picatinny Arsenal. Christopher activated to serve with the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines from Connecticut in Iraq. He was days away from coming home. In anticipation of his return to civilian life, he recently had applied to become a police officer with the Hanover Police Department. He stopped by to visit with teachers and staff at the high school before he shipped out for Iraq. Chris was very athletic. He loved to golf, skydive and kayak. His grandfather from his mother's side, Charles Angelo Turrisi Sr., of Roxbury, who died in 2004, served as a pilot during World War II. His plane was shot down over Yugoslavia and he was held prisoner until the war ended. He was 23.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
COSGROVE Christopher B. Cosgrove III Lance corporal in Marine Corps Killed in Iraq, 23 Lance Corporal Christopher B. Cosgrove III of Cedar Knolls died in Iraq on Oct. 1, 2006, at the age of 23. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Green Village Road, Madison. Friends may visit on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Birchwood Manor, North Jefferson Road, Whippany, from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. No services are being held at the funeral home. Born in Livingston, Lance Corporal Cosgrove was raised in Cranford and Cedar Knolls. He attended Memorial Junior High School and graduated from Whippany Park High School, where he played football, lacrosse and was on the wrestling team. He graduated from Monmouth University in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. During his time at Monmouth University, he played rugby with the Monmouth County Rugby Team. Being a United States Marine was very important to Chris. Prior to graduating college, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Reserves with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines, based at Picatinny Arsenal. Earlier this year, he and other Marines were activated to serve with the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines from Connecticut to Iraq. He was days away from coming home. Lance Corporal Cosgrove was very athletic. He loved golf, skydiving and kayaking. In anticipation to his return to civilian life, he recently applied to become a police officer with Hanover Township Police Department. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and the American Legion. He in survived by his mother Charlene and stepfather, Arthur Bowie of Cedar Knolls, father Christopher Cosgrove Jr., and stepmother Eileen of New Providence, brothers Kevin and Brian Cosgrove of New Providence, grandmothers, Dorothy Turrisi of Ledgewood and Marjorie Cosgrove of West Caldwell. He is also survived by his fiancee, Jessica Gurdemir of Staten Island, N.Y.; uncle, Philip Scowcroft of Hackettstown; aunt, Clair Simony of Little Egg Harbor; aunt, Fran Gellas of Randolph; aunt, Margaret Toupet of Mine Hill; uncle, Charles Turrisi of Wharton; uncle, Tom Turrisi of Parsippany; aunt, Debbie Bayless of Trenton; and their spouses, along with Chriss cousins. He was predeceased by grandfathers, Charles Turrisi Sr. and Christopher Cosgrove Sr. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Marines Helping Marines, 13 S. Belair Ave., Cedar Knolls, N.J. 07927, or the Lance Corporal Christopher Cosgrove Memorial Scholarship: make checks payable to Whippany Park High School and mail them to Gina Cinotti, Scholarship Chair, Whippany Park High School, 165 Whippany Rd., Whippany, N.J. 07981, or the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Mountain Lakes, N.J. 07046. Arrangements are by BradleyBraviak Funeral Home, Whippany. To send condolences or for further information, go to www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com. Published in Star-Ledger on October 8, 2006