Maurice Duncan Peter Cosyn

Maurice “Moe” Cosyn passed away at University Hospital in London, Ontario, suddenly on December 26, 2021 in his 89th year.

Moe was a most beloved husband to Isobel, his wife of 65 years, an anniversary which they recently celebrated with family in September of this year. Moe was the proud Father of Mark (Abir) of Vancouver and Maureen (Barry) of London. He was a wonderful Grandfather to Molly (19), Spencer (16) and Danya (12). He was a dear brother in law to Jean Currie of New York. He was dearly loved by all of his extended family, the Heath’s (Brantford) and the Saadi’s (Jerusalem). Moe is survived by his brothers, Lucien and Albert and a sister, Yvonne, and predeceased by sisters Gabe, Margaret, Barbara and Leah. Moe is survived by many nieces and nephews, and he and Isobel are very grateful for the companionship and support of his eldest nephew Neil and wife Brenda.

Born in Leamington in 1933, after finishing high school at just 16, Moe went to Meinzinger Art College in Detroit, Michigan, and was one of their youngest graduates. Following a successful early career in advertising and graphics, he worked at Huddleseton and Barney in Woodstock for years. He then embarked on his teaching journey, graduating from Althouse Teacher’s College in 1969, and in 1982, Moe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western University after attending night classes for years.
Moe was an art teacher at College Avenue Secondary School (“CASS”), where he proudly taught for 24 years. Moe always took enormous pride in his job and being part of the team of three teachers that created the commercial art program and facilities at CASS. He retired as the Department Head of the Visual Arts and Graphics Department and enjoyed keeping in touch with his many students over the years, delighting in news of their success. Moe was a prolific artist, both in his early commercial career and for pleasure. Many of his permanent works are on display at locations in Oxford County, including Alexandra Hospital in Ingersoll.
Moe had many avid interests, from playing his Gibson guitar, to singing in many bands and church choirs. He was an accomplished lawn bowler, who coached and inspired many in the sport over the years. He was a member of the Woodstock Lawn Bowling Club and Ontario Lawn Bowling Association head umpire, for the province of Ontario, with numerous provincial and national championship titles to his name. In 2013, he was inducted into the Woodstock Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in the sport. He was also a life-long member at Knox Presbyterian Church and served as an elder and on the board of directors and a former member and elder at St Paul’s Presbyterian Church
in Ingersoll. Always a teacher at heart, he taught night school art classes in Woodstock and at the Ingersoll Seniors Centre for many years after his formal retirement from teaching.
He also took great pride in his home with his wife Isobel, meticulously caring for their lawns and gardens at their home on Devonshire Avenue, where they lived for more than fifty years. The home Moe and Isobel created provided lifelong happiness to their children, grandchildren, and friends. Together they were an example of giving to the community, and never tired of teaching and helping others.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Wareing Cremation Services. 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario has been entrusted with final arrangements. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared here at wareingcremation.ca

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21 comments

  • To Isobel,
    I was so sorry to hear of Moe’s passing in December. My mom and dad, Phyllis and John Thomson, knew the two of you and I remember your beautiful gardens when we lived on Fair St. Early in January, I made a donation to the RTO Foundation (Retired Teachers of Ontario) in memory of Moe on behalf of RTO District 37 (Oxford). My thoughts are with you and your family. Janet Thomson

    Janet Thomson
  • Mark sorry to hear about your Dad. I will hook up with you when the celebration of life happens. Until then keep the faith my friend. Smitty

    Steve Smith
  • My deepest condolences of the passing of “Mo”. My mom, Clara Cosyns passed away on November 26th of this year. She often spoke of Mo when they would lawn bowl together. Mom belonged to the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club. I think they just connected because of the last name. She spoke very highly of him. So sorry for your loss.

    Wendy Rohrer
  • I remember Moe well from our overlapping years at College Avenue Secondary School and especially the quality of art which students produced under his guidance. This is a loss to the whole community. Condolences to his family.

    Bryan Smith
  • The heart remembers most what it loved best. My deepest condolences to Maureen and family. Elizabeth Santolupo

    Elizabeth Santolupo
  • The heart remembers most what it loved best. My deepest condolences to Maureen and family. Elizabeth Santolupo

    Elizabeth Santolupo
  • Deepest condolences to the family and friends.
    Went to Cass in the mid 70s and thought Moe was a fabulous teacher and person. Think he is the exemplar for the expression “a life well lived” RIP

    John Fracasso
  • With heartfelt sympathy to a special family
    Sincerely with fond memories,
    Jean Palmer and Family

    Jean Palmer
  • Isabell and family, so sorry to see the passing of Moe. My deepest sympathy to you all. Such a great guy and will be truly missed. TC.

    Marlene. Sim
  • Our condolences to Isobel and family at this sad time. We met Moe and Isobel when they moved to our apartment building. At Coffee Hour, we enjoyed his sense of humour. Moe was lots of fun when playing bocce ball here and when disking at Knox Presbyterian Church. He will be greatly missed.

    Walter & Jean Manning
  • We are sorry to hear of Moe’s passing. We had many games of lawn bowling against him. He was the definition of a true gentleman.

    Pete and Gloria McFalls
  • I am so very sorry for your loss, May God Bless You.

    Ella Zinn
  • Isabel and family,
    We are so saddened by Mo’s passing. Such a loving and caring man and such a good friend to Jack and Lorraine. You are in our prayers…

    Darryl , Sandra and Claire Pidduck
  • Mr. Cosyn was a mentor to me and, along with Mr. Baker encouraged me to a career as a senior graphic designer. He was a nurturing soul that made everybody feel happy! Rest in peace my friend.

    Ramon Joyes
  • Moe was a wonderful human being who taught and inspired many of us. He will always remain dear to me. I send my hearfelt condolences to all of his loved ones.

    Adolfo Spaleta
  • On behalf of the congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church, I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers for the family.

    Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim
  • My condolences.
    Jackie
    Woodstock Public Library

    Jackie Thompson
  • Isobel my sincerest sympathy for your loss I have many great memories of being on the greens playing with and against Moe he waS A GREAT SPORT !!!!

    alf spencer
  • Prayers arising for Isobel and the family.
    Sang next to Moe in the tenor section of Knox Church choir for a number of years, and enjoyed swapping guitar stories.
    A faithful member and elder of God’s Church.
    Moe and Isobel were quite a team.

    Mark and Susan McLennan
  • Sincere condolences. Moe taught myself at CASS many moons ago. He was one of the best. One of the most caring, fun teachers ever. He certainly will be missed. Barbie

    Barb Crawford
  • We so enjoyed playing Moe in tournaments across Ontario…he was a “wise guy” as they say with wit and spunk and a keen competitive edge. We will miss him. Bowling has not been the same since Covid has restricted its competitions. Our sincere sympathies to Isobel and family,
    The Schuknechts

    Barbara and Steve Schuknecht

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