COSBY -Kevin August 16, 1933- February 24, 2014 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Kevin Anthony Cosby after a quick but ferocious battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side. Kevin was born August 16, 1933 in London, England to parents Mary and William Lysaght. When he was 7 years of age his parents were killed in an air raid during WW2 and he became one of many child war evacuates. He was then taken to Kettering, England to live in an orphanage then he was happily adopted by Gertrude and Percy Cosby. In his teenage years he went to work for the British Postal Service after leaving school in grade 8. At the young age of 18 he joined the Royal Air Force and spent the next two years serving in Egypt and Cyprus. After coming back to England he met and fell in love with his first wife Shirley Cosby (nee Panter) and they married in 1955. He then joined up with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airframe technician. They enjoyed their next few years with different postings around Europe. They had a short posting to Saskatoon then were happy to hear they had been posted back to Europe. In 1964, in Marville, France they welcomed their only child, daughter Susan. They spent three wonderful years in Marville. Kevin's last posting was in 1967 to Comox and when they landed here they knew they had found their paradise. After 32 consecutive years of service in the Air Force, Kevin retired in 1983 to concentrate on his and Shirley's business and continue with his passion of collection militaria. Regretfully, Shirley passed away in 1994. After a few years Kevin met and fell in love with his second wife Patricia Cosby (nee Somers). He then spent the rest of his retirement years with Pat in their house on Mission Hill visiting with his grandchildren and continuing to enjoy his collecting of militaria. Kevin is survived by his loving daughter Susan Margetts, son in law Wayne Margetts, grandchildren Jessica and Garrett Margetts. As well as his loving and caring wife, Patricia Cosby, stepdaughter Debra Shepley, step-grandchildren, Briane Shepley, Brady Shepley, Mason Wood and Hunter Wood, stepdaughter Karen Bezaire (Tom), step-grandchildren Mackenzie Haynes Ham and Graden Bezaire, as well as many family and friends from all over the world. The family would like to thank everybody who helped in Kevin's last months especially the home support workers and nurses (special thank you to Barb), the ladies at the Coastal Community Credit Union (special thank you to Kathryn), Dr. Swanson and his staff and the staff at St. Joseph's and the paramedics who were all so kind and professional. There will be a small family gathering at a later date. Kevin was a very sociable person so to honor his memory please take the time to listen to other people's stories as it would please him so.
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Published in Comox Valley Echo from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014