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John H. "Jack" Cogswell

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I was very sad to hear of Jack's passing. I knew him as a wonderful, gracious and smart guy who cared deeply about making our state's health care system work better for everyone. We first crossed paths at the Health Action Forum and during the creation of Neighborhood Health Plan and it was soon obvious that when Jack spoke, people listened - for his expertise, good ideas, and his calm but passionate advocacy.


Posted by: Alan Raymond - Marblehead, MA   Jun 28, 2018

On behalf of VNA Care and VNA Hospice and Palliative Care we extend our deepest sympathies to all of you for your great loss.
-Holly Chafee and Daiva Braunfelds


Posted by: A friend   Jun 21, 2018

I first knew Jack when he became Chair of the CareGroup Audit Committee. He was wonderful as Chair, always the gentleman, all the while insisting on the highest of standards.

We kept in touch over the years--he will be missed.


Posted by: Judy Berlin - Newton, MA   Jun 16, 2018

I first met Jack when we were creating Caregroup out of a group of historically independent hospitals. It was not easy!

Jack was a key to the success of the merger, always thinking of the big picture and the right thing to do for our patients and our new system.

He was a wonderful colleague, friend and gentleman.

Steve Kay: Former Chair of Caregroup, Former Chair BIDMC


Posted by: Stephen Kay - Boston, MA - Friend   Jun 13, 2018

We were very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such a nice guy. We always enjoyed talking to him when he came into our store. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this trying time. He will surely be missed by many.


Posted by: Bernie and Cheryl Segaloff - Needham, MA - Acquaintance   Jun 09, 2018

Jack was a wonderul person who cared greatly for the community. I witnessed first hand what great things he accomplished for the town of Needham. He was always willing to provide guidance to those of us that were just learning the ways of community service.

Thanks for all you have done, Jack. You will be missed. May all the happy memories of times with you be for a blessing.


Posted by: Matt Talcoff - Needham   Jun 08, 2018

A wonderful man with a sense of purpose and a conscience to match


Posted by: Helen Strieder - Jamaica Plain, MA - Friend   Jun 07, 2018

A warm, humorous, generous, and gentle man. I enjoyed every moment we had together over the years.


Posted by: Paul Levy - Newton, MA - Friend   Jun 06, 2018

I write to memorialize Jack's service as Chairman of Chatham's Water & Sewer
Advisory Committee to the Board of Selectmen.

As a long time member of this committee, I had the privilege of serving under Jack's guidance, his professional understanding and practical experience of the complexities of how sewer's work.

It is with sadness that I note his passing on June 1. 2018. His obituary in the
Cape Cod Times did not give due justice to his many contributions to our communal welfare through his volunteer spirit!

May he rest in peace!


Posted by: George Cooper - North Chatham, MA   Jun 06, 2018

Jack will be greatly missed by the VNA Care Board and Staff. Jack was a tremendous supporter of VNA Cares programs and services. He held many roles and was an inspiring Board Member. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jacks family and friends. Kind regards,
Holly Chaffee President and CEO of VNA Care


Posted by: Holly Chaffee - Worcester, MA - Coworker   Jun 06, 2018