Cosimo M. Cocca TROY - Cosimo ‘Cos' M. Cocca passed away at Glens Falls Hospital in the early hours of March 6, 2013, after a month-long illness. Born May 27, 1929, Cos was the son of the late Michael and Lucia (Gentile) Cocca. Growing up in Troy, NY, he graduated from Catholic Central High School. Playing football was an important part of his life. While in high school he earned All-City honors for two years and made the All-Evangelist football team. He continued after high school, playing semi-pro football for the Troy All-Stars, the Albany-Troy Pros, and the Glens Falls Commodores. After high school he joined the army, serving in Germany with the 28th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict. Cosimo worked for 27 years as a New York State Trooper, Troop G, stationed primarily in Chestertown. While there, he formed many strong and lasting friendships with his fellow troopers before retiring in 1981. Cos actively contributed to the Lake George community, where he has lived since 1955. In his younger years, he managed the Lake George Little League, co-founded the Lake George Junior Football League, and later served on the board of the Lake George-Caldwell Library. He is predeceased by his two sisters, Mary Caruso and her husband Benjamin, and Barbara Maloney and her husband George. Three brothers, Anthony Cocca, John Cocca and his wife Helen, and Daniel Cocca and his wife Angela also predeceased him. Cosimo is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret M. Cocca; three sons, Anthony Cocca and his wife Kim Ladd, Michael Cocca and his wife Jody Cocca, John Cocca and his wife Suzi Cocca; five grandchildren, Kaleb and Acacia Ladd-Cocca, Madeline and Katherine Cocca, and Cala Rae Cocca; a brother-in-law, Edward Surprenant; a sister-in-law, Carol Brown Surprenant; and several fun-loving and interesting nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury, NY with a short service to follow. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cosimo be made to Sacred Heart Church, 51 Mohican St. Lake George, NY or the Lake George Emergency Squad, Gage Road, Lake George. For those who wish, online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Record on March 8, 2013