Died: Monday, September 3, 2012
Biddeford, ME – Joseph A. Cosmo, 69, of Biddeford lost his battle with Cancer on Monday, September 3, 2012 at his home. He was the loving husband of the late Shirley Mae (Hathaway) Cosmo who died July 23, 2008.
Joe was born on August 15, 1943 in Oaks Bluff, MA a son of the late Anna (Veira) Niles and son of the late Samuel Niles. He spent most of his life as a New Bedford resident, moving to Maine within the past 10 years.
He retired in 2006 after spending most of his life as a Scallop fisherman. He enjoyed riding Harley Motorcycles when he was able. He was always making people laugh and smile, with his jokes. In fact, just one day before passing he was joking with his “princess” Josh (nephew). Joseph was very dedicated to his family and loved by all who met him.
He is survived by a son Joseph S. Cosmo and Heidi Dudley, a step son Danny Pauline and many grandchildren. He also leaves his siblings John, Jack, Jeff, Jessie, George, Starr, Donna and Samuel and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Randall and David Cosmo
At Joe’s request there will be no services.
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services, 981 Forest Ave. Portland. Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Joe’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to:
Lung Cancer Foundation
1100 Industrial Road Suite 1
San Carlos, CA 94070
Died: Saturday, September 1, 2012
Vassalboro, ME -- Jim lost his courageous battle with cancer on September 1, 2012. He was born on December 31, 1938 in Dayton Ohio. He was the son of Henry (Gus) and Barbara C. Heckman. He graduated from Troy High School, Troy Ohio. Jim entered the Air Force after graduation. He served his country for four years and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1961. He met his wife of 51 years, Ethel Ramsey, while stationed at Dow A.F.B. in Bangor, Maine. They were married in Orono, Maine on July 15, 1961. They were blessed with three wonderful children, James Heckman Jr., Scott Heckman and Traci Bernatchez.
Jim was a member of the JC's and a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club, and coach of the Kiwanis youth hockey team. Jim was a well-known businessman and auctioneer in the area for many years he worked for Singer Sewing Machine, White House Appliances, Pine Tree Furniture and The Morning Sentinel. He and Ethel also owned several businesses which included, Tiny Tot Diaper Service, Heckman's Auctions and Heckman's Party Palace. Most recently Jim was an auctioneer for Acadia Auto Auctions in Richmond and Newburg, Maine as well as Southern Auto Auctions in South Windsor Connecticut. Jim was well respected by his peers and was recently inducted into the Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Henry (Gus) and Barbara Heckman, infant sister Barbara Jean and grandsons C.J., and Lucas Heckman. He is survived by his wife Ethel, sons Jimmy and his fiancée Leora, Scott and his wife Kia, daughter Traci and her husband Kevin Bernatchez, grandsons Trevor Heckman, Kalib Bernatchez and Jacob Bernatchez, mother-in-law Ethel Ramsey, sisters-in-law Lucretia Smith , Rae Ann Oakes and her husband Peter, his surrogate daughter, personal nurse and all around good sport Jennifer Estes. He will also be missed by countless lifelong friends.
At Jims request a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday September 22nd at 1:00pm at Port City Auto Auction, 28 Port City Lane Richmond, Maine
Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Service, 981 Forest Ave. Portland, ME. Please visit www.advantageportland.com
to sign Jim’s guestbook.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:
Maine State Police K9 Unit
15 Oak Grove Road
Vassalboro, Maine 04989
Messalonskee High School Hockey
Hockey Team Players Account
c/o Tom Hill
131 Messalonskee High Drive
Oakland, Maine 04963