In Memoriam


Walter J. Cogan Sr.
Saturday, August 25, 2007

COGAN Walter J. Cogan Sr. WWII combat veteran, Port Authority director, 86 Walter J. Cogan Sr., 86, of Cedar Grove died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. from the Shooks Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., (Rte 23) Cedar Grove.

The Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church, Cedar Grove. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Visiting hours are Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Born in Glen Ridge, Mr. Cogan was a resident of Cedar Grove since 1954.

He was a World War II combat veteran and B-29 navigator with the U.S. Army Air Force. He retired as a colonel after 27 years. He was a proud member of the 73rd Bomb Wing Association for many years. He worked for 42 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, retiring in 1986 as director and manager of Port Newark and Port Elizabeth.

He obtained a B.S. in science from Rutgers University and received his M.B.A. from New York University. He was a member and past president of the Cedar Grove Planning Board for 15 years.

He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Elizabeth (nee Holly) Cogan; devoted father to Kevin Cogan and his wife, Karen, and Jamie and Debbie Cogan; cherished grandfather to Michele, Daniel, James Michael, Katie and Nicholas; dear brother to Mary Daniels, William Bill Cogan, and the late Thomas Cogan.

Published in the Star-Ledger on 8/27/2007

Copyright 2007 The Star Ledger

Webmaster's note: Whenever there is a loss of a close friend sometimes we need to say a bit more.  This is the reason Neil Lynch sent Tom Kearny an e-mail and requested that we add it to his Obituary.  As webmaster I felt this should not just be added as a note here but should be on a page by itself. 

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