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William J. Cosgrove, 102, battalion chief
Aug. 19, 1903 -- March 13, 2006

William J. Cosgrove, a retired 40-year veteran and battalion chief of the Buffalo Fire Department, died Monday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster, after a brief illness. He was 102.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Joseph's High School.

He worked for the Buffalo Fire Department from 1928 until retiring in 1968.

Mr. Cosgrove was a member of Buffalo Fire Historical Museum and Nash Council, Knights of Columbus.

His wife, Nora McLaughlin Cosgrove, died in 1983.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Joanne Basil of Buffalo; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road, after prayers at 11 in Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home, 1975 Seneca St. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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