James Coogan

James J. Coogan

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James Coogan died at age 55 on Nov. 7, 2020 at his home in New York City. He was born in Yonkers, NY to James and Cecelia Coogan on February 2, 1965, and was raised in Beacon. He attended St Joachim Elementary School and Beacon High School.

He was a leading expert in the cheese industry, and a proud member of the Guilde des Fromagers. He worked as the cheese buyer at Eli’s Manhattan Food Market up until his death, as well as several other prestigious food establishments throughout Manhattan over the years.

His passion for live music was second to none. He was a devoted follower of the Drive by Truckers band, and forged lasting bonds with fellow fans throughout the country.

He will be missed dearly by his wife Bambi Ray, his sister Mary E Coogan, brother-in-law Bruce Foley, and his many cousins, friends, and colleagues in the food industry.

This world is greatly diminished by his passing. He will not be forgotten.
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Ross Breen

Posted at 05:20pm
James, All of us at Eli's miss your sweet personality and boyish smile. Rest in peace and teach everyone up there what it means to appreciate cheese!

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Will Shumate

Posted at 10:34am
Turn the volume up to 11, break off the knob, and save me a seat my friend. I will miss you, but I will see you everyday, in everything.

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Oumar Cisse

Posted at 11:06am
Rip, repose en paix, my brother. Till we meet again.

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With love, Sam and Jessica Black

Posted at 10:01am
Remembering you and "James Coogan" in our minds and in our hearts.

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Anne Sklenar

Posted at 01:06am
Mary and Bambi,
I was so saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. I worked with his Mom Ceil many years ago at Highland Hospital in Beacon and became friends with Ceil and Jim. In fact they provided the music for our wedding in 1973. May he rest in peace and be reunited with his Mom and Dad and may God bless and comfort you

Mary E Coogan Posted at 10:53am

Dear Anne, I remember you well, and I remember how much my parents thought of both you and your husband. Thank you so much for the lovely message. It was a great comfort to hear from you, and from a connection of Mom and Dad from so many years ago. I can only hope they're all together again now. I hope you stay safe and well these days, and thanks so much again for reaching out. God Bless. - Mary

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