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Arthur E. Cosgrove, NFTA supervisor, firefighter ; Aug. 16, 1947 -- Jan. 8, 2011

Arthur E. "Bud" Cosgrove of the City of Tonawanda, longtime volunteer firefighter and public transit supervisor, died unexpectedly Saturday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. He was 63.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Cosgrove served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

He joined the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in 1968. He worked his way up the ranks to become supervisor of buildings and grounds, retiring in 2005.

Mr. Cosgrove served 41 years as a member of the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Company. For 20 of those years, he was a chief and fire commissioner. He also was past president of the Erie County Fire District Officers and an honorary life member of Fort Erie Fire Company No. 2.

Mr. Cosgrove was considered the go-to guy of the family, who could do everything from coach Little League baseball to fix broken appliances.

He is survived by his wife, Mary C.; a daughter, Melissa Henneberger; and two sons, Robert and Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore.


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