US Air Force


Richard Douglas Cosgrove

1933 - 2021



Richard Douglas Cosgrove, 87, of Torrington passed away at his home April 13, 2021 surrounded by his loved ones.  Richard was born November 30th 1933 in Valley Stream NY and graduated form Purdue University in 1955 and began his career as a civil engineer working in New York City and Connecticut.  He then was the City Planner and Public Works Director for the City of Torrington from 1965-1984.  Later he was the Management Director of Lakeridge in Torrington from 1984-1999.  He also had enjoyed a long career with the US Air Force,  retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Richard was predeceased by his wife Patricia, brothers James Cosgrove and Donald Cosgrove and his beloved cat Otis

He leaves behind his son Richard Cosgrove Jr and his wife Karyn of Litchfield CT,  and daughter Barbara Arnista and her husband Robert of Harwinton CT as well as his three grandchildren,  Richard Douglas Cosgrove III,  Allison Arnista, and Alyssa Arnista whom he loved very much.

The family would like to thank the dialysis team at DaVita in Torrington for the compassionate care Richard received over the years.  Services are private.  In lieu of flowers,  those to wish to do so may make a donation to The Little Guild of Saint Francis in West Cornwall CT.

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The Torrington Library Team

April 16, 2021 2:45 PM

The library team was saddened to hear about Dick's passing. He was a valuable and much-loved member of our book club. We will miss him very much.
The Torrington Library Team

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Ken and Mary Corbo

April 15, 2021 6:00 PM

Dear Rich Karyn and Richard III, family and friends of Richard
We are sorry for everything surrounding your loss. May caring thoughts and prayers comfort you at this time of sorrow.  With love Ken and Mary Corbo

Paul R Griffin

April 15, 2021 3:40 PM

My condolences to the Cosgrove extended family. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Dick Cosgove.  I had many enjoyable experiences working with Dick when he was the City Planner and when he was the Manager at Lakeridge. Torrington was very lucky to have him as the City Planner and Public Works Director. He certainly will be missed!

Renee DiLullo Urban

April 15, 2021 1:24 PM

Barbara and Douglas, we are so sorry to learn of your dad's passing.  We have fond memories from years ago when our families would spend time together.  Your father was such a great man and I know you will truly miss him.  I would think of him often when I would pass his house every day.  In fact we were just talking about him yesterday before we knew about his passing.  He is at peace and with your mom now.  Praying for all of you during this difficult time.  

Drake Waldron

April 15, 2021 11:30 AM

My condolences to the family.  Dick & Pat were good friends of my parents (Hodge & Millie Waldron) for many years and they had a lot of fun together.  Agood man is hard to find.  I shall miss this great man.

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