John Cottle

December 18, 1925September 5, 2020

LCdr ret'd (RN / RCN) It is with sadness, the Cottle family announces the passing of John in his 95th year, at his residence in Kanata, Ontario. Loved husband of the late Beverley Coupland, loving father of Wayne (Charlene), Chris (Janine) and Diana (Rolf Friis). Special grandfather to Amber (Andrew), Gwen (John), Julia (Eamonn) and Jonathan (Carrie). Great grandfather to Rachel, Rylen, Oscar, and Martha. Born in London, England to Leonard and Laura (nee Baudains), predeceased. His beloved sister, Mary, predeceased in 1989, is survived by her daughter, Jennifer. John served with honours in the Royal Navy during WWII, then he immigrated to Canada in 1947 where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. During his final twenty years of military service, John became a major contributing figure involved with the Sea King helicopters. John was awarded the Order of Military Merit (Officer) by the Governor General of Canada for his contributions made during his military career. Retiring from the military with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, John finished his working career with St. John’s Ambulance in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Due to the limitations imposed by the Covid19 virus, there will be a private family visitation only, followed by cremation. There will be no funeral. In memory of John, a donation to your favorite charity would be appreciated by the family.


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Joan M. Campbell

September 10, 2020

My condolences on the passing of your dad.

Don Hunt

September 9, 2020

I was a very young Able Seaman when I worked for him. Although a commissioned officer, John always treated all ranks with respect and kindness. I have never forgotten him. He was a true gentleman.

Blair Gilhen

September 9, 2020

Wayne & family,

Very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My Mother also saw it in the paper & asked me to pass on her sincerest condolences along with mine to you and your family.

Blair & Eileen Gilhen

Lois West

September 9, 2020

Dear Diana and Rolf,

Our thoughts are with you as you mourn the passing of your father, father-in-law. We never had the pleasure of meeting him, but the obituary speaks of a man who excelled at, and enjoyed his career, and his family. A life well lived.

Take care.

Lois and Michael West

Larry and Gail Ashley

September 8, 2020

Dear Wayne, Chris, Diana and families,

As you celebrate the life of your Dad and granddad, please accept our most sincere condolences. We met in the early days of the sixties and Gail and I became friends with John and your lovely Mom Bev. Our careers crossed over the years and at the TSD in Montreal where he worked and where the Sea Kings were assembled and being test flown, he used to quip, prophetically, as it turned out,"we build them for the long haul!"
Your Dad was a true professional who loved engineering and the RN and RCN with a passion. He was a mentor and it was an honour to call him a friend. In a pre-celebration of his 90th birthday, Commander Bud Maclean and I were invited to join several other senior CF leaders to a wonderful luncheon in his lodge. John held court with the same verve and sparkle he had always shown. He will be missed.God bless his memory.

Gail and Larry Ashley
Halifax NS

Deb Otto

September 8, 2020

Dear Cottle Family,

My sincerest condolences to John's family, on the passing of your beloved father, grandfather and niece. I am saddened for your loss. I knew John & Bev from living on their 6th floor of The Summit in Dartmouth NS, some years ago. He was a sweet man and they were a lovely couple. Several long-time tenants who knew John (including my mother, Marie Otto) often thought and spoke of him after his move. May John Rest In Peace

Thinking of you during this sad time,
Deb & Marie Otto

Marilyn Brandal

September 8, 2020

Wayne, Amber and all your family. I am sending you my condolence on your father's "Going Home". Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you travel the difficult road ahead of you. May all your happy memories help you at this time.

John Schmidt

September 7, 2020

To Wayne and Charlene:

Please accept our sincere condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts of support are with you and may the fond memories of your Dad always provide you comfort.

We remember John as such a proud and happy man. When we first met him at our Christmas open house we were immediately drawn to him by his wit, charm and happy nature. He made a lasting impression on us and we know why he was such a big part of your lives. May he rest in peace as he is now re-united with your mom.

John and Audrey


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