Lance Cpl. Christopher Cosgrove of Cedar Knolls was a 2001 graduate Whippany Park High School, where he was a dedicated member of the football, track and lacrosse teams. He was a very team-oriented young man and was very fond of Whippany Park High School.
He attended and graduated from Monmouth University in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in history. During that time Chris played rugby with the Monmouth County Rugby Team.
Being a Marine was very important to Chris. Prior to graduating from college, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves with G Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines based at Picatinny Arsenal. Christopher activated to serve with the 1st Battalion, 25th Marines from Connecticut in Iraq. He was days away from coming home when he was killed on October 1, 2006 in Al Anbar, Iraq. He was 23.
In anticipation of his return to civilian life, he recently had applied to become a police officer with the Hanover Police Department. He stopped by to visit with teachers and staff at the high school before he shipped out for Iraq.
He was a member of the Marine Corps League and the American Legion. Christopher was to become the Slattery Detachment Jr. Vice upon his return to New Jersey. He was the 2006 Slattery Detachment Marine of the Year.
He is survived by his mother Charlene and stepfather, Arthur Bowie of Cedar Knolls. He was to be married to his fiancee, Jessica Gurdemir of Staten Island, N.Y
Christopher is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey.