Richard J. Cogliano
FRANKLIN- Richard J. Cogliano 78, of Franklin, passed away at home surrounded by family, Wednesday April 23, 2014, after a brave battle following a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Geraldine A. "Geri" (Russo) Cogliano.
Born November 8, 1935 in Everett, a son of the late Frank and Josephine (Rindone) Cogliano, he was a resident of Franklin for over 40 years.
He was raised and educated in South Boston and was a man with a tremendous work ethic, he worked as a warehouse manager for the former Morton Shoe Company for 32 years, was a clerk for Franklin Liquors for over 35 years and was a school bus driver in Franklin, for the Holmes Transportation Company.
Richard was a patient, gentle man who never complained, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He was a devoted husband and father who loved nothing more than spending his time with family especially being a spectator at his grand kid's sports activities. Loved the outdoors, gardening and had a fondness for Cape Cod. He was an avid sports enthusiast following all New England sports teams, even volunteering his time as a little league coach for his children for years, and enjoyed playing baseball, softball, and football excelling at all. His sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.
He served in the National Guard and was a former member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks.
In addition to his wife of 57 years, he leaves his children; Richard F. "Rick" Cogliano and his wife Christine of Bellingham, Joni M. Johnson of Sagamore Beach, Anthony J. "Tony" Cogliano and his wife Kimberley of Bellingham and Lynn A. Beksha and her husband Bernie of Woonsocket, a brother Charles Cogliano of Brockton, 3 sisters Rosemarie Norton of Stoneham, Joanne Flynn of South Boston and Florence Reddy of Brockton.
Also surviving are his grandchildren; Anthony J. Cogliano, Jr., Erika Johnson, Taylor Cogliano, Joe Cogliano, BJ Beksha, Brandon Beksha & Brody Beksha & many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Frank Cogliano Jr., Maurice Cogliano and Phyllis McDermott.
His funeral service and interment will be held privately.
Calling hours are respectfully omitted.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center of Milford 20 Prospect St. Milford, MA 01757.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. Guestbook