LUTHERVILLE - It's always sad when a young person dies.
But the loss of Alec Cosgarea in this crash late Monday night, for many folks is the loss of someone special.
Cosgarea was an entrepreneur; making things out of duct tape because one, he had the talent and two to help raise money to help others.
Part of the proceeds from his online sales of wallets, ties and other items went to Swim Across America.
He was also a one heck of a swimmer.
Following in the footsteps of his older brother Drew, Cosgarea was a leader in and out the water.
“He was someone when speaking to other swimmers I could use him as an example as to how to practice the types of questions to ask how to set goals and how to bounce back if something doesn’t go you way and how to move forward from there. ”
Erik Posegay was his coach for the 100 meter fly for more than a year.
He says Alec was someone who they could depend on to do his best.
Posegay says Alec was a gem.
"You can't replace an Alec Gosgarea because of all the positive qualities that he brought he was more than just the times and we're just going to miss his enthusiasm day in and day out and his competitive spirit it going to be missed the most." Posegay says.
Alec was going into his senior year at McDonogh School.
The school described Alec as a leader and someone who was well liked by his classmates.
In a statement the school says
"Alec was a joyful young man who spent countless hours swimming for McDonogh and the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. In the classroom his teachers called him a quiet leader with a strong sense of character."
Arrangements for Alec's burial have already been made.
Alec will be remembered in a mass this Saturday at the Cathedral of Mary our queen on north Charles Street in Baltimore.
The service will begin at 10 a-m.
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