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Diamond, Flash, The Big O, Coach, Davey Two Times, died peacefully on December 6, 2017, at The Kaplan House in Danvers, Mass., due to complications of Type 2 Diabetes.

David leaves behind the loves of his life -- his four children, Courtney Skinner and her husband, Justin, of Bluffton, S.C., Ashley Cogswell and her husband, Eddie Gugler, Ryan Cogswell, and Paxton Cogswell, all of Beverly, Mass.; and his four grandchildren, Jackson, Harrison, Sophia, and Eleanor Skinner; and his two grand-dogs, Buoy Gugler and Clark Griswold Skinner.

David will be remembered for his magnetic personality, his relaxed disposition, and his free spirit way of life. He taught his children to live a life true to themselves; this is how he lived himself. An avid singer and songwriter, he was always singing, guitar in hand, for anyone that would listen. Music was his passion. He loved being the center of attention, the star of the show, but was also a genuine team player and the greatest confidante. He was the life of every party.

David was born on July 31, 1955, in Lynn, Mass. He spent his early childhood in South Boston and West Roxbury, before his family relocated to Beverly in 1969. David was a 1974 graduate of Beverly High School, where he captained the boys basketball team. He enjoyed all sports, but it was basketball where he found his biggest joy. He spent most days playing with "the boys" down at Balch Playground, then later coached the Memorial Freshman Boys during their 1976-77 undefeated season. David played basketball at North Yarmouth Academy and Nasson College after high school, then later enlisted in the Air Force, where he served as an airplane mechanic. He was proud of his tough upbringing and loved to brag that, "He was known to be known by people who are unknown."

David worked as a distribution supervisor at T.J. Maxx for 15 years, a career that relocated him to Evansville, Ind., in 1986. It was there that he raised his family and immersed himself in coaching his kids in the Plaza Booster League. He also served as the assistant coach to the Evansville Day School High School basketball team for several years. Once he retired, he liked to spend his time with his kids, grandchildren, eating ALL THE MEATS and CHEESES, and jamming with his buddies. In the recent months before he passed, he taught himself how to play the piano. He was playing music until the very end.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, David is survived by his mother, Vira (Quigley) Cogswell of Evansville, Ind.; his sister, Diane Chiaradonna of Sanford, Maine; his brother, Michael Cogswell and his wife, Tammy, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; nieces Stefanie Chiaradonna, Vanessa Chiaradonna, Sue Pierce, Jessica Cogswell, and Erica Cogswell; nephew, Jonathan Huddleston; the mother of his children and former spouse, Karen (Burns) Moore; and former spouse, Sandy (Brandt) Cogswell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Grace; and his stepfather, Donald Cogswell.

A Celebration of Life Party will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Union Club in Beverly, Mass. Please come ready to sing, dance, and eat your heart out, in true Diamond Dave style.
Published on December 8, 2017
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