Herman J. Cozzens
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Herman J. Cozzens died peacefully Saturday, May 31, 2014 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Spring Lake, Herm spent his entire life in Bradley Beach. With the onset of of World War II Herm left Asbury Park High School to enlist in the United States Navy, serving proudly in the Pacific on the USS Amicus. Following the war, Herm took a civilian position at Fort Monmouth as an electronics calibrations expert, ultimately working at Camp Evans on the deployment of the Scud Missile. Herm retired in 1988 after 42 years.
"Mr. Bradley Beach" was a life member, former captain and past president of the Bradley Beach first aid squad.He was also a life member, Trustee and past president of the Bradley Beach Fire Company #3 and, a former chief of the Bradley Beach fire department. Herman was also a special police officer with the Bradley Beach Police Department resigning only after his brother Sgt. Charles "Buddy" Cozzens was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Bradley Beach. Throughout his service to Bradley Beach, Herm touched the lives of many thousands. He worked hard,played hard and definitely did it his way.
Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years Jean, whom he met in kindergarten, son and daughter in law Tom and Carolyn Cozzens of Toms River, his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Lou Lanzetti of Neptune City, Daughter Lynda Stewart of Bradley Beach, Granddaughters Jenna and Katerina and his German Sheppard sidekick Ringo.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Francioni, Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home, 1200 10th Ave., Neptune. Interment will be private.
Francioni Taylor & Lopez Funeral Home Inc
1200 10Th Ave Neptune, NJ 07753
Published in Asbury Park Press on June 2, 2014