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Harold S. Cottrell

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Harold S. Cottrell, 83, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at the Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He resided on Fox Hollow Road in Petersburg with his wife Helen.

He was born June 8, 1921 in Peekskill, the son of Jonathan and Abbie Cottrell. Harold graduated from Peekskill High School.

He served during World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant. While in the Army Air Force, he received the following medals: European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Air Medal and the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was a turret gunner on a B-17 flying fortress and was attached to the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy.

Harold retired from the Union Carbon Plant in Bennington, Vt. He also ran the family farm on Fox Hollow Road.

He was a member of the VFW Post #8417 in Hoosick Falls, as well as the VFW Post #1332 in Bennington, Vt.

Survivors other than his wife Helen include four sons, William James Cottrell of Bennington, Vt., Harold S. Cottrell of Hoosick Falls, Robert (Rob) M. Cottrell of North Hoosick and Richard S. Cottrell of Hoosick Falls; three daughters, Susan M. Bond of Louisiana, Jean M. Starr of Petersburg and Karen E. Todd of San Antonion, Texas; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as his dog Sabrina. Two brothers, Irving and Robert Cottrell, and one sister, Alcha Patterson, predeceased him.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or Southwestern Oncology Association through the funeral home. Members of the VFW Post #1332 will meet at the funeral home on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to conduct their services.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 13, 2004
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