COSENS, Donald LeRoy “Don” - Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, March 15, 2019, in his 84th year. Dearly loved father of Mark Cosens (Brigitte), and Josie Nicol (Mike), and proud grandfather of Aubrey Cosens, Sammy and Myles Nicol, all of St. Thomas. Husband of Lynda Gloin Cosens. Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 4, 1935, he was the son of the late Charles Roy Cosens and the late Viola Lulu (née Smith) Cosens. His sister, Eileen (Harold) Jackson predeceased him. Don will be missed by his loved dog, Buddy. Don attended Myrtle Street Public School, St. Thomas Collegiate Institute as well as Westervelt Business School in London. He worked at the Elgin County Registry Office as Senior Deputy Registrar for 31 years. In 1969, he started Cosens Auctions, retiring in 1989. Son Mark continues this operation. Don was interested in history and genealogy all of his life and belonged to several local and worldwide organization in these fields. He was Past President of the Elgin Historical Society and Elgin County Genealogical Society, Member and Advisor to the Elgin County Museum and Archives. Life member of the Elgin Military Museum, St. Thomas Coin Club, St. Thomas Stamp Club, London Post Card Club and the Last Post Branch No. 410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley. Director with the North American Railway Hall of Fame. Past President of the Irish Benevolent Society of London and Middlesex, Board of the Canadian Red Cross, St. Thomas Cemetery Company (Past President), St. Thomas Mausoleum Board, Trustee of the Talbotville Cemetery Board, Restoration Committee of the Old St. Thomas Church, Backus-Page Tyrconnell Heritage Society, Heritage Port (Port Stanley Historical Society). Director of the St. Thomas Jumbo Foundation (1985) and Vice-Chairman, St. Thomas Jumbo Centennial Committee. Presented the Civic Award by the City of St. Thomas for “Preserving and Sharing the History of St. Thomas”(1979), Veteran’s Jubilee Medal (2007), Presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2003). In 1980, published a booklet, "The Donnelly Tragedy 1880-1980". In 1980, he co-authored "St. Thomas--100 Years a City" and has assisted with several publications since and given upwards of 100 talks, primarily on the history of this area. Initiated into St. David's Lodge #302, A.F. & A.M. in 1956, Master in 1964-65 and 2013-14, in 1998 elected District Deputy Grand Master of the St. Thomas Masonic District. Past District Historian, Scottish Rite, 32°, 33° Mason, Thrice Puissant Grand Master of the Lodge of Perfection, York Rite, First Principal, Cryptic Rite, Thrice Illustrious Master, Sovereign Master of Arcana, Order of the Cork, Knight of Constantinople, Council of Honour, Order of the Bath, Grand Tylers of Solomon, Knight Commander of the Red Branch of Eri, Order of Excellent Master, Order of the Thistle, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Past President Hi-Ro Shrine Club, Worthy Patron Order of the Eastern, Worshipful Master of Loyal Orange Lodge, Independent Order of Oddfellows. Life member of the Philalethes Society. Charter President of Dr. George T. Kennedy Chapter of St. Thomas. Philaxis Society – one of the first Canadian and white members of this hitherto all-black society. The funeral service will be held at the Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas on Friday, March 22nd at 3:00 p.m., with interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Masonic Centre on Thursday, March 21st from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and prior to the funeral service from 1:00-3:00 p.m. A Masonic Memorial Service under the auspices of St. David’s Lodge #302, A.F. & A.M. will be held at the Masonic Centre on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. (Open to the public). Flowers respectfully declined. Memorial donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Thomas Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME , 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). To post online condolences, please go to HREF="http://www.siftonfuneralhome.com">www.siftonfuneralhome.com
Our heartfelt condolences to Linda and family.
He was surely one of a kind!
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Russ's dear friend. We both have many memories of visiting Don in his paper piled home where all newspaper junkies felt at home.
Judy and Russ Mills