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Thomas James "Tom" Cottle Notice
COTTLE Thomas James "Tom" Korean Veteran 29.04.1925 - 17.05.2018 Passed away peacefully on May 17th 2018; aged 93 in the arms of his loving wife Lulu, and with nephew Steve and friend Margie. At Tom's request a private cremation has been held. "Tom was married to Lourdes (Lulu) Cottle on 4th December 1985. Lulu survives Tom and continues to live in their home at 11 Lester Heights Drive, Whangarei. Tom grew up on his father's (Joseph Japhet Cottle) farm at Levin with his mother (Ida Lilian Cottle) and his brother Tony and sister Dorothy. Tom pursued many interests during his life. As a teenager he became a great horseman and rode all over the Southern North Island from Levin. One horse expedition took right up to National Park. A bit later Tom bought a Morris 8 2x seater sports car and drove that all over NZ. When he was approx 25, Tom signed up and went to the Korean War as a soldier in the RNZ Artillery 16th Field Regiment and has been awarded the "Korean Presidential Citation" Tom spent a lot of time in Japan during and after the war. On returning to NZ, Tom was supposed to go farming, but circumstances and preferences led him instead to a building career. Eventually Tom was a partner in his own building company and built hundreds of homes in the Wellington and Wairarapa Regions. During this period Tom and his good friend Peter took a cruise ship passage to Europe and thoroughly explored those countries with a tent. Tom eventually gave up building in his 50s and moved to Northland. He initially bought land at Whananaki, but then sold it and bought land on top of the hill at Mangonui. Even while he was building in Wellington he was also building a large launch, so when he moved to Mangonui it was transported to Auckland and then he sailed it North from there. At Mangonui Tom built the Ranui Lodge Motel on his land and became a very successful Motel Proprietor for many years. Simultaneously Tom converted his launch to first a deep sea fishing boat and then into a commercial cray fishing boat. His commercial fishing licence eventually converted to quota in the new system. When not crayfishing or managing the motel he took groups out for charter fishing trips. When Tom was 61 he married for the first time and remained inseparable from Lulu for 33 years until his death. A further two launches were build in Manganui and they both began to travel to USA, Canada and Australia. Tom and Lulu eventually retired to Whangarei where they have lived for 14 years" A special thank you to all the doctors and nurses of the Whangarei Hospital and the nurses and staff of Radius Potter Home for their care of Thomas; also for the flowers received, phone calls made, kind words, love and support -- thank you. It was much appreciated. Communications to: Lulu Cottle, 11 Lester Heights Drive, Woodhill, Whangarei 0110. "God Bless you all" 'Thomas is gone, but will never be forgotten'
Published in The Northern Advocate on May 22, 2018
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