TORRINGTON — Jack Dye Cogswell, Jr., 73, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at home with his son at his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of the late Susan Fraher Cogswell.
Born on March 30, 1944, in Jacksonville, FL, he was the son of the late Jack Dye Cogswell and the late Mary Griffin Cogswell. Jack graduated from Staples High School in Westport, CT, and attended Duke University and Clarkson University. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War until he was honorably discharged. His service included deployment to Vietnam in 1968.
A longtime resident of Torrington, Jack was a hard worker, very intelligent, fun to be around, and devoted to his family. His many hobbies included racquetball, and was regarded as a very tough opponent. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. His most cherished activities were anything that included his family and friends.
Jack will be forever loved and remembered by his family and many friends, especially his son and best friend Gregg.
He is survived by his son, Gregg Griffin Cogswell of Torrington; sisters, Joan Colsey of Somers, NY, Mary Jo Kramer of Ossining, NY; nephews, Michael Fraher, Roy Colsey, Steven Kramer; nieces Kristin Colsey, Kari Sateriale, Nancy Kramer Ross.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Roy Hitt, Jr., Dr. Michael Magnifico, Dr. Ashita Talsania for their compassionate care of Jack the past several years. They also thank the hospice nurses and staff from Foothills VNA for everything they did for Jack during his final weeks.
Relatives and friends may visit with Jack’s family on Saturday, April 7th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Phalen Funeral Home, 285 Migeon Avenue Torrington, CT. A Memorial Service will be held immediately after calling hours, at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jack Cogswell, Jr. can be made to the Closer to Free Fund, which jointly supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Closer to Free Fund and mail to P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. Please include the honoree’s name on the memo line. Secure online donations – https://www.givetoynhh.org/closertofree