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Samuel Diamond Cosco

June 12, 1945 ~ May 19, 2021 (age 75)


Samuel Diamond Cosco (Sam) June 12th 1945

Sam died suddenly the morning of May 19th 2021. He was predeceased by his parents Salvatore and Lillian, older sisters Marguerite, Dianne, Yvonne and Lorraine. He is survived by his wife Martha, children Rob and Sarah, sister, Carol and 9 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces living in the lower mainland and Portland.

Sam grew up in Dunbar, Vancouver where he made life long friends. He attended UBC and attained a BSC in Science and a Bachelor of Education. His first teaching job was in Quesnel. After two years he and his first wife Wendy travelled to the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Asia; returning home to take up teaching positions in Vancouver.

In 1981 he married his second wife Martha and they moved to Parksville. They became parents with the birth of son Rob in 1983 and daughter Sarah in 1985.

Sam commuted to Port Alberni from 1981 through 2004 where he taught Science and Math, at the Secondary and Junior high school and Library at the Junior High. Sam also commuted to Ucluelet Secondary 1985-87. He very much enjoyed his interactions with his students and staff.

In 2005 Sam retired. He and Martha travelled to the UK, Europe, the US and Hawaii. He was active for a time in civic affairs as a member of the Parksville Residents Association and a founding member of the Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society. He and Martha have been long time active members of the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo. Sam was happiest being with friends and family playing board games and cards, helping friends with building projects, hosting wine tasting events, perusing the hockey draft and engaging in interesting and lively conversation with people he met.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the paramedics particularly paramedic Ed and to our neighbours Dan and Nicky, friends Donna and Hans Vavrik and Bob and Carol Hickman for their assistance and to the many people who brought food, sent cards and helped us in so many ways. We also thank Yates Funeral Home for helping us through this difficult time.

A private memorial service will be held.

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