Phillip J. Cosgrove
GLADSTONE – Phillip J. Cosgrove, 86, of Gladstone, a proud Irish American, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital; the results of a brief, unexpected illness.
Phil was born in Trout Lake, Mich., Aug. 24, 1927, and moved to Gladstone in 1932. He attended All Saints Catholic Grade School and Gladstone High School. At the age of 17 he joined the United States Navy, and with distinction, served his country during World War II. After the end of those hostilities, Phil immediately re-enlisted into the United States Air Force serving another 20 years before taking a full retirement as a chief master sergeant. Phil then moved to Washington DC and started his second career working for the U.S. Government with the U.S. Capitol Hill Police Force. It was here that Mr. Cosgrove earned his nickname “Capitol Hill Phil” and after many years of guarding top American elected officials, Phil bonded with some very colorful characters in our government. One of those being, Thomas Philip “Tip” O’Neill Jr. Phil had some great stories and loved to share them over some Johnny Walker Red Scotch. When asked why an Irishman would choose
to drink Scotch he said that a good Irishman would assess the character of the spirit and overlook its nationality. After taking his second full retirement, Phil left the U.S. Capitol Police Department and returned to Gladstone where he could hunt, fish, and spend some well-earned time in his woodworking shop.
Phil is survived by his sisters, Bernadine Cosgrove of Neenah, Wis., and Mary Eileen (Joseph) Vuckson of Friendship, Wis.; two nieces, and one nephew. He is also survived by his longtime friend, Elaine N. Sigan, of Gladstone.
Phil was preceded in death by his father, George P. Cosgrove, his mother, Lottie (Smith) Cosgrove, and his sister, Charlene (Richard D.) Lucier.
Family will receive friends on Friday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Gladstone. Family eulogies and a time for sharing will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial services will follow at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Luncheon will be served following mass in the All Saints Parish Hall. Final internment and accorded Military Rites and Honors will be at the Fernwood Cemetery on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m. with the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 presiding. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting Philip’s family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.