John "Jack" J. Cosgrove

April 7, 1927 ~ July 20, 2018 (age 91)

John “Jack” J. Cosgrove, 91, of Spring Valley passed away peacefully in his home on July 20, 2018.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday August 4, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church in La Salle with Abbot Philip Davey OSB officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Friday August 3, 2018 at the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle. Additional visitation will be 9:30 AM until time of services Saturday in the church.

Mr. Cosgrove was born on April 7, 1927 to Ambrose and Norine (O’Connor) Cosgrove. A graduate of 1946 St. Bede Academy. Jack was married to Mary Jane Cassiday of Spring Valley in 1952, and worked for her father, Harry A. Cassiday, Sr. at the family business, Cassiday Brothers Wholesale, which was established in 1912. Jack and Mary Jane eventually bought the business and renamed it Cosgrove Distributors. It is currently owned and operated by the Cosgrove Family.

Jack was a member of Unipro, the largest foodservice distribution cooperative in the United States, and was a founding board member of the Illinois Valley YMCA. A respected and well-liked Spring Valley business owner, Jack was a man of integrity who put his family and business first and who never forgot a name or face. He was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the St. Bede Bruins.

Jack enjoyed reading, loved books, appreciated music, was a lifelong learner, and remained active in the family business throughout his “retirement.”

Mr. Cosgrove is survived by three daughters Sarah (Peter) Cosgrove Gaumond of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Nora Cosgrove of Spring Valley, and Maria (Dan) Cosgrove Drager of Medford, Wisconsin; one grandson Christopher Gaumond of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and his partner Mary Jane Cassiday Cosgrove.

He was preceded in death by his daughter in infancy Mary Jane, and two younger brothers: Jerry and Robert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a fund that will be established at a later date in Jack's name.


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