Author, historian Gregory A. Coco dead at 62

Gregory Ashton Coco, 62, of Gettysburg, died on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at home in the care of his loving family.

He was born on May 4, 1946 in Marksville, Louisiana, to Merlin J. and Lucy Parrish Coco. His father preceded him in death.

In his words, he was “the happy husband of Cindy L. Small for 26 years. He was the fortunate father of daughter, Keri E. Coco. He loved them both with all his heart.” Keri Coco is married to Cail MacLean.

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6 Responses to “Author, historian Gregory A. Coco dead at 62”

  1. Bethany Canfield says:

    Coco, You were an amazing man, interpreter, and great author. You are deeply missed and will always be remembered! We miss you!

  2. Philip Baron Ennis says:

    This was a unique man. A lifelong and special friend. His scholarship was “no nonsense”. He was a researcher beyond reproach. He looked at the Civil War with the eye and experience of a combat soldier having served gallantly in Vietnam. There was always an intrigue between us, and when we traveled together we were ready to wring each others necks, but we always had great fun in spite of ourselves and I was able to learn so much from this true historian and “Son of the South”. I think we toured all the major Civil War battlefields together since 1974. I learned the fundamentals of Cajun cooking from the man and was privileged to stay with his family in Mansure LA over three decades ago. There will never be another. “One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends”; Greg your effect on me and others who loved you cannot be measured! Your buddy always-Philip

  3. Andrea Kiser says:

    I just heard about his death (JULY 25th). I was so sad to hear about him. I only knew him through his books and the few times I found him to get him to sign one. He was always so nice. His books gave me info about my family that I could not find anywhere else.What a loss.

  4. Don Metcalf says:

    I am currently reading his book about the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg (A Strange and Blighted Land). I have not been able to put it down and marvel at the rich content and delivery that Mr. Coco uses in that work. I am at a loss for words having just found out that Greg is gone. My deepest condolences to his wife and family. He is with God now and happy.

  5. don flynn says:

    I just found about ranger coco, I have been coming to gettysburg for over 20 years, my son who is now grown up, learned about gettysburg form ranger coco, I am glad he did, gettysburg is a very special place to me, ranger coco made it more so, when I go again next july he will be in my thoughts, he will always be gettysburg too.

  6. Kathy Perry says:

    Was a very sad surprise to see this today due to looking up some information Mr Coco had written, and his appearance on a group of dvd’s regarding Gettysburg which came out this year and I had never seen. He truly was a great author, and credit to helping other learn about history. Also seems to be very highly thought of by people who had met him, and his image in various interviews, etc.. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. – Gettysburg Resident, Kathy

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