COTTRELL, Edward Delano 97, died Aug. 21, 2014 in Dunedin, FL after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Lois Kendall Dudley Cottrell; a son, Edward Jay Cottrell (Hiram) and daughter-in-law, Sally; seven grandchildren, Mark Cottrell, Kate Leonard, Kristina Keogh, Kimberly DePerno, Todd Cottrell, Matthew Cottrell and Adam Cottrell; eight great-grandchildren; two stepsisters, Joanne E. Hopkins and Nancy E. Barr; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. His father, Edward Jay Cottrell; his mother, Dorothy Zerua Rynders; his stepfather, Stanley J. Eberlee; a stepsister, Patricia E. Dewell; his first wife, Helen Hathaway Cottrell; a son, James E. Cottrell and a son, Thomas H. Cottrell, preceded Mr. Cottrell in death. Born April 24, 1917 in North Cohocton, NY, Mr. Cottrell moved to Cattaraugus, NY after the death of his father in 1918 during WWI and remarriage of his mother. Surrounded by extended family and easily made friends, Cattaraugus was home for many years. He attended Cattaraugus High School, Culver Academy and the University of Rochester. He served as village mayor and was active in the United Methodist Church. He spent most of his working life at Setter Brothers and Champion International where he held both engineering and executive positions. He held more than 15 patents related to his work especially Setterstix, where he perfected the machines and paper sticks used for today's safer lollipops, cotton swabs, etc. Mr. Cottrell served with the US Army in World War II from July 1943 to November 1945 on Saipan and was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 72 years. Retiring to Venice, FL he was active in Trinity Presbyterian Church. After the death of his first wife, he married Lois Dudley in 1999 and moved to Dunedin, where he was active in Faith United Church of Christ. Mr. Cottrell will be deeply missed by family and friends. A public memorial service will be held at Faith United Church of Christ, 1650 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, FL on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 4 pm in celebration of 97 wonderful years well lived! A committal service will be held at the Memorial Garden at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4365 State Road 776, Venice, FL, on Sunday, Sept. 14 following the 10:30 am Sunday Worship Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Cottrell's name to Faith United Church of Christ.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 31, 2014