Roll of Honor

Cosmo Paris

Cosmo Paris

  • Firefighter
  • Cliffside Park Fire Department
  • New Jersey
  • Age: 59
  • Year of Death: 2014

On March 22, 1954, Cosmo Paris was the first child born to Italian immigrant parents, along with his twin brother, Joe. Cosmo was a devoted husband to his wife, Susan; a loving father to three daughters, Melissa, Lindsey, and Carly; a loving grandfather to his favorite granddaughter, Giuliana; a brother to six siblings; a brother-in-law to Linda; and a father-in-law to Oscar. Cosmo was all about family and family values.

Cosmo returned to school to earn his high school diploma at the age of 57. Soon after, he attended and successfully completed plumbing school.

Cosmo was a dedicated husband to his wife and lived for his family. Cosmo especially loved taking his children on various excursions throughout their childhood and was the best father his children were honored to have. Cosmo’s granddaughter was the apple of his eye, and he continued on his tradition with taking her to the park and everywhere he could possibly take her.

Cosmo was naturally very pet friendly. Every animal he interacted with knew he was harmless and took to him immediately. Cosmo was indeed “The Pet Whisperer.”

In 1998, Cosmo joined the Cliffside Park Volunteer Fire Department and began his dedicated service to his community. Cosmo especially loved playing Santa Claus during the CPFD Christmas tour every December, at children’s shelters, homeless shelters, retirement homes, and various other organizations.

Cosmo was a kindhearted man who enjoyed helping others and, at times, going out of his way to help someone in need. Cosmo took pride in making his many crafts out of everyday recycled materials. He made a replica CPFD truck he named “Mini 3,” along with a few of his CPFD brothers. Mini 3 was on display for many Christmases in front of the Cliffside Park Borough Hall, as well as in many parades, before he donated it to its final home at the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton.

From there, Cosmo thought big and began creating his next project, a replica CPFD fire truck he named “The Mini Tiller.” Cosmo was not one to like public attention; however, the Mini Tiller drew attention when his son-in-law, Oscar, contacted the local newspaper to showcase his creation that he displayed on the front lawn of his home. Cosmo was hesitant about this, but graciously enjoyed knowing everyone loved his creation that he converted from a Halloween to a Christmas tiller.

Cosmo was adored by all that knew him and will always be loved, missed, and remembered by all of his family and friends. Rest in peace, our brother, Cosmo Paris, aka “Dig It.” You will never be forgotten.

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