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Donald Cossean, Jr.
  • May 09, 1954
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  • May 17, 2022

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Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Donald E. Cossean, Jr., 68 years of age, of Orlando, who passed away on May 17, 2022.  


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  1. Tom Cossean. says:
    28 May 2022
    Big brother, you kept me safe and warm when the cold winds blew. That memory will remain eternally in my heart. I love you and I'll get to hug you again someday. In the meantime, rest easy in heaven.

  2. Jack Chapman says:
    27 May 2022
    What can you say about a man whose personality and heart were as big as he physically was? I first met Don in 1966, at Bernstein Junior High School, after that we attended Tottenville High School, class of ‘72. I would never try to say that I knew him better than others. I didn’t, but I always knew that friendly big guy with the smile. We met again when our sons were in the same Boy Scout Troop. Don was the same great guy that I remembered from school. A greeting from Don always made you feel like you were his best friend, it usually came with a bear hug too. Before parting ways you always got, “I love ya buddy”! Donnie my friend, you were one of a kind. As one of your friends said on a FB post, “You probably have God laughing his ass off already”! That made me laugh out loud and if anybody could pull off, it would be you. I am pissed and saddened that you (and so many others) were taken from their families and friends because of trying to help others on 9/11 and after. You were bigger than life and will always be remembered by all off us who loved you. My heart breaks for Carol, Kerri and Donnie. My sincere condolences and love go out to them. I know I will see you down the road my friend. Until then keep your hands on the home keys! Love ya buddy! Jack Chapman

  3. Melanie Shostak says:
    25 May 2022
    Don was simply the kindest human I ever met. He was the true definition of a gentleman. Don was my son Daniel’s bus driver many years ago and from the first day we were all instant friends. I loved our morning chats, and I somehow forgave him for being a Steelers fan, lol! When we went to visit Carol and Don in Florida we were treated like family. The sweetest kindest most genuine couple. Don and I also shared a love of bulldogs, and all dogs. I know his beloved Choppa was waiting for him. I am in tears writing this. Thank you Don for your service! Thank you for your kindness and goodness. Thank you for being a friend, role model and father figure to Daniel. Thank you for making the world better just simply by being in it. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Carol, Kerri and Donnie. Rest peacefully my friend! I miss and love you always .

  4. Melanie Shostak lit a candle:
    25 May 2022
    Lit since May 25, 2022 at 5:33:48 PM

  5. Michael Biondo says:
    25 May 2022
    Don,

    A great partner and friend. Words can't express how much you will be missed by family and friends. Now you can touch the angels.

    To quote from your favorite song "and I think to myself, what a wonderful world"

    As you ended every conversation with me, "I love ya buddy".

  6. Peter lit a candle:
    24 May 2022
    Lit since May 24, 2022 at 5:32:27 PM

  7. Peter says:
    24 May 2022
    With heartfelt sympathies to the family. It's funny to think as his cousin we always knew him as little Donald with a big heart. Kind and happy whenever we saw him...a truly good soul we are all the better for knowing.

  8. Thuy and Vinh says:
    24 May 2022
    Don, you truly were our very special friend and neighbor. You were always upbeat and humorous, event in very difficult circumstances. You offered me very comforting words when my mom passed had away; and for that, I am forever thankful of you.

    we all loved you and will miss you dearly.

  9. Thuy and Vinh lit a candle:
    24 May 2022
    Lit since May 24, 2022 at 5:26:56 PM

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    24 May 2022
    Lit since May 24, 2022 at 5:25:56 PM

  11. Thuy and Vinh says:
    24 May 2022
    Don, you truly were our very special friend and neighbor. You were always upbeat and humorous, even in very difficult circumstances. You offered me very comforting words when my mom passed had away; and for that, I am forever thankful of you.

    Lastly, thank you for calling to say goodbye from your deadbed. Even in the last hours of your life, you were always thinking of others first. There are not many people and friends like you in life.

    We all loved you and will miss you dearly. Rest in peace, dear friend❤️❤️❤️

    Thuý and Vinh

  12. Craig & Jordan lit a candle:
    24 May 2022
    Lit since May 24, 2022 at 5:12:18 PM

  13. Anthony Gatto says:
    24 May 2022
    R.I.P.Donnie. An all around GREAT GUY!

  14. Thiemer Greg says:
    23 May 2022
    I’m gonna miss you Donnie, from the Plainsman to the 5th Pct. To Pioneer bus we traveled the same path in life . RIP my friend.

  15. Deborah Cossean Hills says:
    23 May 2022
    Donald I am so happy I was able to reach out to you on Facebook so many childhood memories involved you. We honestly had the best family and we owned Rossville!! The woods the houses with no fences.So proud of you and Carole just fit in like fingers in a glove! Love you was always said in our family! Say Hi to everyone up there ! You are safe now. Watch over Carole and your family. Love ya cuz

  16. Allison Roberts says:
    23 May 2022
    Donnie …You will forever live on in all our memories… I feel blessed and honored to have known you ..such a wonderful soul in this world. Your contagious laugh and smile will be missed… Thank you for always making every day in SITF a little bit brighter for everyone. No matter how stressful work could be, you always managed to make everyone laugh and lighten the mood. My condolences and prayers to your wife and children.

  17. Mary Ann Rebracca says:
    23 May 2022
    My deepest condolences to Carol, Kerri and Donnie. Donald was a very special guy. He was my friend for many years. His passing is a great loss to all who loved him. May you rest in eternal peace my friend . Always in my heart❤️

  18. Paulette and Ray Demato says:
    23 May 2022
    We will miss you! So many v good times together❤

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