William Victor Cosgrove of East Quogue died on May 3. He was 97.
Mr. Cosgrove was a New York City police officer from 1941 to 1976, except for when he volunteered for active service as a member of the United States Navy aboard the Carrier USS Shangri-La during World War II. At the NYPD, he rose to the rank of lieutenant, and served his fellow officers for 14 years as president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Quogue VFW Post 5350, and the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. He was also a faithful member of the Church of St. Rosalie, where he served as head usher for many years and perpetuated the faith as an adored CCD instructor, survivors said.
He was the son of Terence and Elizabeth (Taylor) Cosgrove of County Offaly, Ireland. He was predeceased by siblings, Daniel Cosgrove, Mary Mooney, Julia Cosgrove and Terence Cosgrove; and his first wife, Marion (Healy), and second wife, Cathryn (Flaherty); and two sons, Michael and Brian.
He is survived by his children Rita Downs and husband Tom of Hampton Bays, Maureen Porter of Riverhead, William Cosgrove and wife Fran of Pearl River, Patricia Schrader and husband William of Pearl River, Dennis Cosgrove and wife Stephanie of New Jersey, Kathleen Young and husband David of Hampton Bays; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. He is also survived by stepchildren, Bryan Duffy, Gene Siller and William Duffy.
A wake will be held at R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Hampton Bays on Wednesday and Thursday, May 6 and 7, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays. Interment will follow at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.