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Demaine Funeral Home

520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA

OBITUARY

William A. Coti

July 7, 1931July 14, 2020
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Colonel William A. Coti (USMC, Ret.) died suddenly on July 14, 2020 following a massive stroke he suffered the previous Sunday night. He had celebrated his 89th birthday on July 7 and looked forward to his 66th wedding anniversary in September. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Colonel Coti enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and fought in the Korean War. He was part of the contingent who survived the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in 1950. He exited the Marine Corps in 1953 to attend St. John’s University attaining a degree in psychology and later reenlisted as a commissioned officer. After an extended tour in Vietnam, he entered the Marine Corps Reserves, retiring in 1991. He spent 20 years with the Department of Defense and traveled around the world, notably in the U.S.S.R., Central and South America and the Horn of Africa. During this time, the family was based in London, England for five years. Col. Coti rode and trained horses in cross country and dressage, a passion that began in England and ended in his 80s. He will always be remembered for his positive outlook on life, his encouragement and mentorship, his generosity and humility. He is survived by his cherished wife Mary and daughters Dianne and Susan, his son-in-law Sadegh, two grandchildren, Alex (Kimberly) and Melissa (Eric), and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Ellie. He is predeceased by his beloved grandson Niall who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012 while serving as a U.S. Marine. A funeral will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Services

12 January

Mass of the Resurrection

11:00 am - 11:00 am

Old Post Chapel

1010 Lee Avenue
Arlington, VA 22211

12 January

Graveside Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Ave
Arlington, VA 22211

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Danny Schuster

July 28, 2020

On behalf of the entire 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment I want to extend our deepest condolences on your loss. Colonel Coti was a special inspiration to all the Marines of 2/9 and especially those who came to know him through our annual reunions in Alexandria, where he earned the respect and admiration of all of us. He will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis Colonel Coti, and rest in eternal peace.

Danny Schuster
2/9 Network Administrator

Dr. Lorretta Hopkins

July 28, 2020

Bill came to our farm to board his horses when his horse Winterlied was 23 or 24 years old. He was looking for the best care he could find in an environment where he and his horses could flourish. He loved to share his broad knowledge and expertise. He began training Favory, his Lippezan, to perform high level dressage movements at the age of 70. Bill spent many hours at the farm working with his horses, arriving in the morning and departing just before rush hour traffic would start. Over the years, we came to know and love Bill, his wife Mary, his daughters Susan and Dianne, and his horses. It was our honor to have known Bill and to have cared for Bill's horses. Our deepest sympathy to his family for this loss. We all miss Bill.

Peter Reilly

July 27, 2020

Bill was a true professional and a gentleman at all times. Enjoyed knowing and working with him during our respective NIS careers. Although he was proud of his status as NIS Special Agent his first love was the Corps.

No doubt he will be missed by family and friends; however, I am confident he is in good hands.

Semper Fi

Peter Reilly, Special Agent, NIS/NCIS (Ret)

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