William Cosker Jr.

June 24, 1925June 22, 2012

William J. Cosker, Jr., of Eastham, MA, passed away on June 22, 2012. He was two days shy of his 87th birthday. Bill was born in Hartford, CT and attended Hartford Public Schools. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a World War II veteran. In 1955, Bill moved his growing family to Windsor Locks, CT and resided there for 30 years. He was employed by the U.S. Postal System for 38 years until his retirement in 1986. Bill was very active in the V.F.W, and served as its Commander in Chief in 1973 for the Smalley Bros. Post 6123 W. L. Conn. Bill and his family vacationed on his beloved Cape Cod for many years in North Eastham, MA. He and his wife, Shirley moved there permanently in 1986. Bill was also active in volunteer work in Eastham and served as its Grand Marshall for Windmill Weekend in 1999. Bill could be found on Sundays at the Salt Pond Digging for Cherrystones and Quahogs. Bill leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Shirley A. Cosker; his seven children, Kathleen Rosenzweig, Pam Miano and her husband, Michael Miano, Billy Cosker, Kevin Cosker and his wife, Lisa, Suzanne Berthiaume and her husband, Jerry, David Cosker and his wife, Cathy, Carolyn Cosker; his sister in law, Bevy Jones; his ten grandchildren, Aaron Rosenzweig, Alison Mansfield, Gina Miano, Paul Miano, Meaghan, Courtney, Kyle Cosker, Rachael MacDonald, Kelly, Christopher Cosker, Hanna and Sarah Morse; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way in Orleans. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Eastham Fire & Rescue, 2520 State Highway, Eastham, MA 02642-2544. For online condolences and directions, please visit


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Kim Cosker Mitchell

July 4, 2012

Dear Aunt Shirley, I have such fond memories of your wonderful home in Windsor and your place on the cape. You, Uncle Billy, and all my "cool" cousins are all bigger than life in all of my recollections. Thank you so much. I send our deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. Uncle Billy was always loved and respected.

June 25, 2012

He sure had my NUMBER! R.I.P.

Tim O'Sullivan

Gerry and Wayne Ziegler

June 24, 2012

How well we remember our many trips to Cape Cod to visit "Sweet William" and "Shirl The Pearl". We jokingly referred to ourselves as "acquaintences" but we considered Bill and Shirl as two of our best friends. We watched as their family grew and became best friends of our children. . Our visits have become fewer during recent years due to our re-location to Florida but we will never forget our many good times with them. Our sincere condolences to the family. We know that your husband and dad will be going to a better place and we will miss him. Until we meet again, Bill, may you rest in peace.

Janet Demetri

June 24, 2012

I will always remember Bill as a kind and cheerful man much like my husband who shared his birthdate. They used to wish eachother happy birthday every year. My condolences

Ken O'Connor

June 24, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Please extend my condolences to your mother and your family.

Jimmy and Donna Demetri

June 23, 2012

Dear Shirley, We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Bill. We are grateful to have known and admired such a wonderful man. With our sympathy, Jimmy and Donna Demetri

Tom Redmond

June 23, 2012

My deepest sympathies to you and the your family.

June 23, 2012

Shirley and familly, I send you my sincere condolences and hold you in my thoughts as you go through these difficult times. I was pleased to have know Bill
and admired his wonderful spirit. It was a pleasure to work with him on Windmill
Weekend. My very best, Margie Gibbs

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

June 23, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

Francie McClean

June 23, 2012

My dearly beloved Pea Pickin' Uncle Billy, how we will miss your infectious laugh, your rendition of Irish songs sung in that sweet Irish Whiskey tenor, your earnest sense of humor, and your complete dedication to prime numbers! You were always my mother's “Kid Brother Billy” in spite of your age and that you had more children than any of the other Cosker Clan. May you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. My love to Kathy, Pam, Billy, Kevin, David, Suzanne and Carolyn and the rest of this dear family.