Francis L. Cotter Jr.

December 14, 1941September 23, 2018
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Francis “Frank” L. Cotter, Jr., age 76, of Swansea, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Newport Hospital in Newport, RI.

Born in Fall River, a son of the late Francis L., Sr. and Yvonne (Bernard) Cotter, he was a life-long resident of the area.

Frank was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River Class of 1959, received his Bachelor of Business degree from SMU, now UMASS Dartmouth and earned his Master’s degree in Education from Bridgewater State University.

Mr. Cotter was a Clinical Research Director at Boehringer Ingelheim in CT for over 30 years, retiring in 2012. He loved playing cards with his friends, riding his Harley Davison and going to the beach. He also loved spending time with his dogs Brady and Gizmo.

He was a loving, generous, and devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend. Frank was a beacon of light to all who knew him. He will be missed beyond words.

He is survived by his three children, Kerri L. Kern and her husband Stephen of Swansea, Christine Organ and her husband Dr. Scott Organ of Avon, CT and F. Jon Cotter and his wife Dale of Burrillville, RI; nine grandchildren, Nicholas, Jacob and Caitlyn Martin, Lauren, Erin and Zachary Kern, Alexa, Spencer and Cooper Organ; his sister, Marilyn “Lindy” Cotter-Jolivet and her husband Norman of Little Compton, RI; two nieces, Barbara Messier of Swansea and Michelle Higgins and her husband Kevin of Florida and many close friends. He was the brother of the late Barbara Cotter.

His Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Rose E. Sullivan, 866 County St., Somerset followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph’s Church, 1335 North Main St., Fall River, Visiting hours are Friday from 5:00–8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Burial will be private.


  • American Heart Association



  • Visitation Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 29, 2018


  • Burial Private

Francis L. Cotter Jr.

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Donnie Wilson

September 28, 2018

Frankie Cotter was always the center of a great time. I remember all of us hanging around the O'Brien, Durfee, and Cotter houses with so many wonderful memories. I've played golf with Frank, and even though he was self-admittedly not the best player in the world... it was always a blast. My fondest memory was when Frank called me when I was 9 years old with the news that I was going to be on his Little League team. I was so excited, and as my first coach, he introduced me to organized baseball with guidance and enthusiasm! My condolences to the entire family, and may his memory live forever in our hearts!

Donnell Campbell

September 28, 2018

Dearest Lyndy and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember and share together the wonderful times you had over the years. Frankie was so loved and will never be forgotten. The photos you posted here are incredibly beautiful and show how close and loving a family he's enjoyed. He is blessed to have this wonderful family. Please take good care of yourselves and know you are in our prayers.
Donnell and David Campbell and Jon and Alicia McLaughlin
Your cousins in California

Tom Forand

September 27, 2018

Christine, Kerri, and Jon, I am so sad to here of your fathers passing. He was always the coolest Dad in the neighborhood growing up. I have great memories of him that will never be forgotten. My condolances to the entire Cotter family.

Tommy "Vee" Viveiros

September 26, 2018

When you met Frankie you knew he was going to be your friend for life. I met Frankie when I was 17 years old. I lived in Hillside Manor in Fall River Frankie lived on the east end of Pleasant St. in a nice 3 bedroom ranch house, surrounded with a wooden picket fence that Frankie and I painted a few times. And his father took good care of us. Like Frankie, his parents were the nicest people you would want to meet. It didn't make any difference to Frankie or his parents where you lived or who you were or what you did. They treated everyone the same. His father was funny and caring like Frankie, so was his mom. I used to love to go to Franks house because it was like walking into a palace. One of Frankie's favorite foods(and he had many) was strawberries
with some kind of bread. I think it might have been French bread. I remember cashing in on that meal many times. When Frankie turned 16 he got his first car a 1949 powder blue Chevy. Boy did we have some good times with that car. I always remember his father pleading with Frankie to careful and to obey the laws. Frankie was a good smart responsible kid and never got in trouble. He did things the right way. So we grew up kinda went our separate ways but always stayed in touch. He went to college, I went to work.
We hooked up again played a lot of golf, racquet ball cards, and dancing at
Sha-Booms. We played a lot of Gin Rummy, and I learned right away that the only way I could beat him was to have 2 decks of cards. He was savvy and lucky. We had a routine for quite a while, racquet ball at New England Health dinner, cards, then to Sha-Booms. Then we went our separate ways again, he moved to Florida, and I moved to California. But we still kept in touch. I visited him and he would visit me. I now love in Florida(The Villages), I saw Frankie last year in Swansea at a gas station. We talked liked we had seen each other the day before. But we were both in a hurry I was getting ready to head back
to Florida and
he had company to meet.
Frankie, I love ya and will miss you tremendously. I know we will meet again

some day in heaven, but don't ask me to play Gin Rummy.

You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace!!

Tommy Vee

Julie Figuerado

September 26, 2018

Cotter Family/Jolivet Family

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Words can't express the impact on everyone's life.

Frank was a huge part of my life for over 25 years. He was my winter gardener and my handyman. He loved having projects to do around the house. The busier I kept him the more he enjoyed it. He use to say I work for food.

A friend to all who came into his life. Along with his Fort Lauderdale friends I will miss him deeply.

Gone much too soon RIP my dearest and loving friend.

Julie Figuerado
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bob Hughes

September 26, 2018

Frankie always wore a smile and was a joy to be with. We were classmates in high school and all through college. I remember our days in "Bunker Bill's" class in Durfee high school. We were also part of a small tight knit group in college, and very much a family. I was looking forward to seeing him next year at our 60th High school reunion. R.I.P. Frankie.

Ella Heaton

September 26, 2018

No words can express the sorrow I feel with Frank's untimely death. Nothing I say will make any of this better but the one thing I truly loved about Frank was his great love for his family. He was so proud of all of you. He knew how much I loved my kids and we shared many memories of our families together. Lynn he shared many stories of the two of you growing up together and my biggest chuckle was the one where your mother was chasing you around the house with the broom after you skipped school.

He had a quick wit and loved to tell corny jokes and do his coin tricks. He went on a Heaton family trip to Martha Vineyard and was a trooper riding his bike all over the island, even though Im sure he would have been just as happy watching the boats sail by while enjoying a glass of wine. Franklin was a new nickname my kids gave him.

There are so many memories with Heidi and the Newport gang I will cherish.

Love and miss you Frankie baby

Heidi Johnson

September 25, 2018

My heart goes out to all the Cotter Family . Frank is a beautiful soul and loves his family more then words can say . Frankie you will be truly miss my friend . Thanks for all the great memories . You will always be in my heart and thoughts . Till we meet again ! Love you

Brenda Clermont

September 25, 2018

Lindy, Norm, Barbara, Michelle and Frank’s family,
When I heard the news, I was in shock and totally devastated! Frankie was an amazing man and so very special to me! I have such fond memories with him and will always remember his great personality and his zest for life! He loved his family most of all and took such great pride in his children and their children. Lindy, his love for you was immeasurable! I loved everything about him!! Sometimes life is so unfair! Life for you all will be so hard without Frankie but always remember the good times and know that he loved you all! I hope in time your memories will bring you peace! My deepest sympathy! RIP Dear Frank! 💔💔💔

Ron Raposa

September 25, 2018

My deepest condolences to Lindy and the entire Cotter family. Lindy, I know exactly how you feel losing a sibling as close as you were to your brother, cherish the memories, enjoy the old pics and you can rest assured he'll be looking down on you still taking care of you. He was that type of guy, always a friend and family always came first. Rest in Peace my friend