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Donald F.    Cogan
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  • MSPCA
    350 S. Huntington Ave.
    Bosotn, MA 02130

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Donald F. Cogan died at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on December 9, 2019. He was 83 years of age. Donald was born in Boston on September 1, 1936 to the late Arthur & Elizabeth (Murphy) Cogan, was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. He entered the US Navy in 1957 and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War and was discharged in 1962.

Donald lived in Norwell for several years and then moved back to Melrose and has been a resident for over 25 years. He worked as a salesman in the meat packing industry in South Boston for many years. Mr. Cogan was an avid golfer and Boston sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox. He enjoyed walking his dog Angel and was an animal lover in general.

Donald was the husband of Donna S. (Dary) Cogan of Melrose and the late Phyllis (Welch) Cogan. Father of Laura Boyden & her husband Jim of Hampton, NH, Denise Belliveau & her husband Eric of Tewksbury and Donny Bellandi & his wife Katie of Melrose. Grandfather of Danielle Nichols & spouse Mathew, Erica Belliveau & partner Iliabel Rivera, Tyler & Ashley Bellandi. Great grandfather of Hailey, Jackson, Jayce Nichols. Brother of David Cogan & Deryll of Norwell, Kenneth Cogan & Allyce of FL and Arthur Cogan and the late Jean of SC.

Visitation at Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 8:30-9:30AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment with Military Honors at North Weymouth Cemetery in Weymouth at 12:30PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to M.S.P.C.A., 350 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.