Harvey Cotton

July 13, 1930November 24, 2021

Harvey Cotton of Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead, peacefully entered into rest on November 24, 2021 at the age of 91 from Alzheimer’s Disease at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.

He was born on July 13, 1930, to the late Archie and Flora of Boston. Harvey was married to the love of his life for 68 years, Helaine (Bornstein) Cotton. He was the devoted father of Elyse and Matthew Caruso of Salem, MA and Andrew and Randy Cotton-Lane of NYC. Harvey was a doting Grampie to Heather and Ian Jeffries of London, UK and Julia Caruso and her fiance Andrew Fund of Long Island, NY. He leaves his great-granddaughters Emilia and Josephine Jeffries. He was a dear “best brother” to Beverly Shiffman of Chestnut Hill and the late Stanley Shiffman, and uncle to their family, caring brother-in-law to the late Harlan Bornstein and Bernice Bornstein and uncle to their children. He was predeceased by brother Stanley Cotton.

Harvey was born in Dorchester, MA and graduated from The English High School in West Roxbury. He served in the Navy and then married Helaine in 1953. They were teenagers when they met. While they lived in Marblehead for sixty years, they lived in Swampscott at The Residence at Vinnin Square for the last 4-½ years.

Harvey worked for over 55 years in the family-owned business, Stearns Hardware in Revere, where he became the proprietor. He worked six days a week helping countless customers with whom he had the pleasure of making many friends and serving their children and children’s children. He was hard-working and generous to many customers, employees, and local organizations serving the Revere community and beyond. He was also a member of the Hundred Club of Massachusetts, Aleppo Shriners and Marblehead Masonic Lodge. He volunteered for many years at Shriners Hospital in Boston.

At the Residence, Harvey and Helaine have had a built-in community surrounded by new and old friends and a caring and professional staff making their lives very comfortable. As Harvey’s Alzheimer’s progressed, he continued to be as social and independent as possible and was loved and cared for by all.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Harvey’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association [] 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or Shriners Hospital [] 51 Blossom St, Boston, MA 02114 or Care Dimensions [] 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923.

Arrangements: A service will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St., Salem, MA on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 10:30 am. Masks are required. Burial will be held privately. The family is sitting Shiva at the Village at Vinnin Square Club House Recreation Facility 200 Loring Hills Ave, Salem on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The facility requires all guests to sign an attestation of their Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival.

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  • Chapel Funeral Service

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Joyce Leavitt

December 2, 2021

Dear Helene and family, I was so sorry to see that Harvey had passed away. I loved seeing both of you everyday at the Residence at Vinin Square. May his memory be a blessing to you all at this time. Joyce Leavitt

Bunny and Lenny Lieberson

November 28, 2021

Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time..Bunny and Lenny Lieberson

Todd Richman

November 28, 2021

I will always remember Harvey's kind smile, and how much his friendship and Helaine's meant to my parents (Beverly and Boris Richman). Thanks Harvey, you will be missed.

Din Doliber

November 26, 2021

Harvey was a great cribbage player at the Marblehead COA.. He often joined Hooper Cutler and myself to visit Lloyd Caswell, a shut-in, to play cribbage. He was a fixture at the Marblehead Tuesday morning cribbage games.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Cotton Family.
Don Doliber

Bill Sano

November 25, 2021

Dear Helaine,

So sorry to hear of this. Thanks so much for informing me.

He was a grand guy, I’m sure. Sorry I never got to know him better.

I really believe in rhe Shriners organization. They do wonderful work. I’ll send in a small contribution in his name.

Take care of yourself!

Bill Sano