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Gerald "Jerry" Cosker
Viewing: August 21, 2017 (Monday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: August 22, 2017 (Tuesday) at 11:30 a.m.
Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Rd., Montgomery Village, MD

Gerald "Jerry" Cosker, age 72, of Montgomery Village, MD, passed away on August 14, 2017.  Jerry is the owner of Sir Walter Raleigh Inn restaurant and a member of the Rotary Club of College Park.  

Loving husband of 37 years of Veronica "Ronnie" Cosker; cherished father of Brian Cosker (Amy) and Kathleen Cosker; beloved grandfather of Chloe; and many more family and friends.  

Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD.  Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11:30 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Rd., Montgomery Village, MD.  Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Jerry was born in Hartford CT and was a 1964 graduate of Bulkeley High School and a 1968 graduate of Fairfield University.  He made many lifelong friends at both Bulkeley and at Fairfield. 

Following his graduation from Fairfield University, he began teaching mathematics at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, CT.  He decided to pursue his Masters Degree at Catholic University in Washington, DC.  While working on his Masters, he found part time employment as a waiter at a brand new restaurant, the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn in Bethesda.  After a short time working at the restaurant, he realized he had found his one of his true passions and began a lifelong career in the restaurant and hospitality industry.  His 47 year career with the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn found him involved in the operations of all of the Raleigh Inn restaurants in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas, eventually seeing him become the owner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn of College Park, MD, where he could almost always be found welcoming customers with a smile and a story.  His coworkers all became friends, and their workplace was more like a family than a business.  He leaves an extended “work-family” behind.

His other passion was his family.  He met his wife Ronnie in 1979 and they were married in September 1980.  He and Ronnie welcomed Brian in 1983 and Kathleen in 1985.  In 2016, Brian married and brought his beautiful wife Amy and daughter Chloe into the family.  Jerry was also the favorite uncle to his brother’s children, Diane Cosker Glettenberg and Douglas Cosker and a favorite cousin of Robert Lundgren and Bill Sheehan.  He took on the role of surrogate grandfather to Diane’s sons Conor, Christopher, and Eric when his brother passed away.  He leaves a huge hole in the extended Cosker/Mooney family.  He held a special place in the heart of his brother’s wife, Barbara Cosker, and of everyone who was fortunate to consider him family.  Jerry will also be greatly missed by Ronnie’s siblings Barbara, Jimmy, Mike, and Larry, as well as their spouses, children, and all of his great nieces and nephews.  

Jerry enjoyed relaxing in Bethany Beach, going fishing, a good round of golf, and a great game of tennis.  He also enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in all of their sports, including tennis, basketball, and baseball.  When his own children graduated, he continued supporting local teams at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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