GLOUCESTER — Charles Cognato, 76, husband of Phyllis E. (Johnson) Cognato, of Gloucester, died on Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Born in Boston on Oct. 4, 1932, son of the late Antonio and Josephine (Bruno) Cognato. Charlie had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
For over 13 years, Charlie owned and operated Auto Truck Service in Gloucester until he was forced to retire. He later worked for a short while at Americold.
He was an accomplished banjo player and avid musician, having played in several bands including the Union Hill Band and the 929'rs Banjo Band.
Charlie was a lifetime member of the AMVETS Gloucester Post 92. He was also a lifetime member and past president of the Gloucester Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed hunting in New Hampshire and Maine.
In addition to his wife Phyllis, he is survived by his three children, Antonio Cognato and wife Donna of Tewksbury, Victoria Batson and husband Ronald of Gloucester, Michael Cognato and companion Hope Phelan of Beverly and his former wife Robin Briand; grandchildren, Christina Cognato, Amanda and Joshua Batson, Nicholas and Taylor Cognato; stepbrother Dominic Cognato and wife Rhonda of S. Dakota; stepsister Mary; brother-in-law John Politano of Falmouth and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his step-mother Priscilla (Morris) Cognato; sister Josephine Politano; and stepsister Virginia Fletcher.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Friday at 10 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.