16th December 1928 - 22nd July 2020
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Passed away at Rowena Jackson – Salisbury Wing with Carol by his side, on Wednesday 22 July 2020, 91 years young.

Dearly loved husband and soul mate of Carol.

Loved husband of the late Velda.

Loved father and father in law of Murray and Michelle, Rex and Gina, Carol and Pepi Pikia, Paddy Brown and Sharon Brown.

Loved Grandy of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Loved son of the late Denis and Frances Cosgrove (Queenstown).

Loved brother and brother in law of Frances and Jack* Knight, Jim* and Mona* Cosgrove, Cathy* and Kelman* Sim, Ted* and Runa Sutherland.

Loved Uncle of all his nieces and nephews.

Family wish to sincerely thank the staff of Salisbury Wing for their devoted care of John and Carol.


As per John’s wishes a private service will be held.

Messages to 10 Dublin Street or to John’s tribute page at

(*denotes deceased)



I am so sorry to hear the passing of John. John and Carol were such great friends of my Mum and Dad, Ida and Andy Lieshout. My thoughts are with the family during this time.
Aletta Reid, Invercargill
Dear Carol and Family,
Kindly accept my condolences and prayers.

Paul McKay ex Postmaster, WINTON
To Carol and Family thinking of you at this sad time.
Sharon Ballantyne, Invercargill
Rex, Gina and family, please accept our deepest sympathy for the death of your father, thinking of you at this sad time, Judy, Ken Lawrie and family.
Judy Lawrie, Invercargill
Sorry to learn of John's passing. Can recall many interesting conversations with him during his regular visits to Queenstown (at the Frankton Hotel) 1970/90's
Bill Byers, Rangiora
My sincere condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of Mr Cosgrove from Kowhai Avenue.
Nikki De Ruyter nee Andrew, Invercargill