Warm tributes paid to Dr. Joe Cosgrove

Dee Cosgrove, Joe Cosgrove and Vera 'O Hagen.
Dee Cosgrove, Joe Cosgrove and Vera 'O Hagen.

Tributes have been paid to one of the city’s best-known doctors, Joe Cosgrove, who passed away at the weekend.

Dr. Cosgrove, who died at his Culmore Road home on Sunday, will be buried this morning following Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn.

For years, the father of fifteen practised out of his surgery at Pump Street along with his brother, Dr. Jim Cosgrove, who passed away a number of years ago.

As well as being a much loved and greatly respected GP in Derry, and well known in British Medical Association circles across Northern Ireland, Dr Joe Cosgrove served as an Alliance Party councillor on Derry City Council.

He was elected to the Council in 1973 when Derry was returning to democratic representation following the term of the Londonderry Development Commission which had replaced the discredited Londonderry Corporation.

Dr Cosgrove was a popular councillor and was also very well known and popular throughout the Alliance Party. Indeed, he canvassed for the Alliance Party in Derry into his 80s.

Last night, Colm Cavanagh, president of the Alliance Party, paid tribute to his late colleague.

“Dr Joe was a highly regarded family doctor in Derry,” he said.

“We in the Alliance Party, as well as the wider community, have many fond and inspiring memories of him for the part he played in helping bring responsible government to Derry in the 1970s - an enormously difficult period in the life of our city.

“The community is deeply in his debt for the role he played in caring for the physical, social and good governance health of our community and we send our sincere condolences to Mrs Cosgrove and the family circle.”

Local GP and BMA representative Dr. Tom Black also paid tribute to Dr. Cosgrove.

“He was an esteemed senior colleague, retired for many years, who served the public of Derry along with his brother, Jim, in what was originally the Pump Street practice which then became the Quayside practice.

“He was a legend among his patients and colleagues and we would do well to emulate his long service and commitment.”

Dr. Cosgrove is survived by his wife, Bride (Bee) and his children Eithne, John, Paul, Dorcas, Joe, Clare, Gerard, Patrick, Philip, Arthur, Anne, Colm and Conor. He is pre-deceased by his son, Peter, and daughter, Mary. His funeral Mass takes place this morning at St. Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, at 10 a.m. and he will be buried afterwards at Altnagelvin Cemetery.