Cozelle "Cozy" Breedlove
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Breedlove Cozelle "Cozy," a lifelong resident of Mpls, died Feb. 18, 2004 at age 83. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Juanita M.; daughter, Lesli Diann; sons, Michael C. and Tony C.; sister, Josephine Caston; 6 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. Visitation Tues., Feb. 24, 2004, 6-8 PM at Estes Funeral Chapel, Plymouth & Penn Aves Nh. Funeral Service Wed., Feb 25 at 12 PM at New Salem Baptist Church, 26th & Lyndale Av N. Interment Ft. Snelling.

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Published in Star Tribune on Feb. 24, 2004.
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May 2, 2021
I am writing this 5/1/2021: I was just thanking the Lord for special people He used to bless my Family over the past 60+ years, and recalling the beloved "Cozy" Breedlove and his brother Barney at the Phyllis Wheatley House, and our favorite neighbor Luella Breedlove. These fond memories are from the early 1960s when my brothers (Patrick, Brian, Timothy) and I were very young. But we have always gratefully remembered how Cozy and Barney Breedlove had a special gift for making every child feel welcome and valued and included. And our lives were also deeply enriched from our friendship with Luella Breedlove. They were beloved role models. Sincerely, Mary-Ann O'Meara
Mary-Ann O'Meara
June 16, 2019
Can I sign this 15 years later? I was just researching as I remembered my teenage summers in 1961 and 1962 as a summer day camp counselor at Phyllis Wheatley House. Cozy & Barney Breedlove were amazing men, incredible role models and mentors for the you of their community. I was a young white girl, this was my first real experience in the African-American community, and it shaped my future. I remember Cozy with the highest regard.
Jeanne Noxon (Merchant)
February 25, 2004
To the Family of Cozelle (Cozy) Breedlove;

I wish to extend my condolences to your entire family as North Minneapolis looses another great pioneer.

Cozy's twin brother Barney was my Godfather, and I have always referred to Cozy as Uncle Cozy.

Uncle Cozy was always an inspiration in my life and always had a smile on his face that seemed to melt away your troubles.
Uncle Cozy was someone that I also had the chance to know on a professional level as well. He was my boss when I worked as a teen at the Phyllils Wheatley Community Center. He would make every child that entered the community center feel loved and very much appreciated. He always made us feel as if we were at home when we would come to the Phyllis Wheatley. As Michael stated, his father did practice the theory of a village raising children. Cozy would often times let us know that he did not approve of what we might have been doing, but he always did it in a manner that would make you feel as if you were not being punished but educated. Uncle Cozy always had time for all the children in the community and will be greatly missed.

To Uncle Cozy, I say rest in peace and thank you for always making children in the community feel special and respected. You will be greatly missed.
Chezron Jarrett-Nance
February 25, 2004
To the family,

May God grant you peace during this time of bereavement. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sylvia Rhodes-Lewis
February 25, 2004
As a boy growing up in North Minneapolis I was very involved with Unity House athletic teams. Our biggest rival was always the P. Wheatley teams coached by Cozy Breedlove.

I remember him as a man of character and integrity who stood for fair play and doing the right thing.

I am saddened by the passing of a good person who did so much for the Northside of the city.

My deepest sympathy to Cozy's family.

Doug Stay
Douglas Stay
February 24, 2004
I write to express my sadness, condolences, respect and admiration for Cozy Breedlove. You probably don’t know me, but I am one of the many people that Cozy worked with in his community involvement. At that time about a decade ago I was assisting Pilot City Regional Center as its attorney, and Cozy was trying to inject leadership and reasonable solutions on the PCRC Board, as its past Chair.

I also knew of Cozy, whose tremendous work, dedication and untiring efforts on behalf of the African American community and its kids, were widely admired. Cozy was a giant of a man, literally and figuratively; his faith and dedication was so strong, and he never gave up hope that he could make things better. He also was one of those people who was a bridge between warring factions, always trying to move people into productive activity rather than damaging and ego driven fighting. This is a great loss to our community. Cozy left a lasting legacy, however, and was a role model to many who will hopefully continue his good works in giving back to the community.

In Cozy’s memory my wife and I have made a donation to the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

Again, my condolences to Cozy’s family and friends.

Seymour Mansfield
February 24, 2004
To the family,

You will be in my prayer in your time of sorrow.

Peggy Whittington
February 24, 2004
"Uncle Cozy" as my parents affectionately call him was a great family man and a dedicated community member. I did not know him well except through the stories my mother and my father phillip told me, but I regret having missed knowing him. Shelley Delores.
Shelley Martin
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