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Robert C. Cottrell

April 11, 1930 - March 24, 2021

U.S. Veteran

United States Army Veteran


Service Date: April 16, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: Alzheimer's Association

Obituaries » Robert C. Cottrell

Robert C. Cottrell (Bob) passed away on March 24, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Wayne. He was 90.

Bob was born on April 11, 1930 in New York City to Ralph Cottrell and Alma Gottsche. Raised in Lincoln Park, he attended Bloomfield Tech and earned his Aviation Mechanic license at 18 years old. He worked at the Lincoln Park Airport in the 1940’s, before becoming a carpenter.

Bob served in the United States Army with the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division, Tropic Lightning “Wolfhounds” during the Korean Conflict. He served on the front lines as a Combat Engineer and First Platoon Sergeant. He and his platoon were tasked with going out beyond enemy lines to probe for landmines. They also constructed bunkers and bridges for troop transport.

After returning from Korea, Robert and his twin brother, Ralph, worked for Master Diners, constructing many roadside diners in the NY/NJ area. They then went into business for themselves in the 1950’s, as Cottrell & Cottrell Master Builders. They built many homes and churches throughout Morris County, including the Jacksonville Chapel. He also assisted in constructing the ski lodge on top of the mountain at Vernon Valley Great Gorge (aka Mountain Creek). He continued to be self-employed as a carpenter doing construction maintenance for UPS and the Parsippany School System in his later years.

Bob met Margie McCreery through a mutual friend, fell in love, and were married in 1955. They resided in Lincoln Park for 9 years before building their home in Montville in 1964, where they raised their 3 children, Bob Jr., Gary, and Linda.

Bob volunteered as a “Special” police officer in Lincoln Park throughout the 1950’s. He also volunteered as a member of the Lincoln Park American Legion and the VFW. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge in Wayne and ascended to be a Shriner.

Bob became a competitive pistol shooter in the late 1950’s. He rose to the level of Master within a very short time. Over the course of his shooting career, he shot over 300 perfect ‘300’ scores. He became an Expert Pistol Marksmanship Instructor for the NRA. He was a proud teacher who taught precision shooting and gun safety to hundreds of students, including police officers, at the Riverdale Range in Riverdale, NJ for over 40 years. He served as President of the Northern New Jersey Police Revolver League and served on the board for 50 years.

Bob is predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret June (nee- McCreery) Cottrell, and his grandson, Zack Cottrell. He is also pre-deceased by his two brothers, Ralph and Walter.

Survivors include his sons; Robert B. Cottrell and Gary W. Cottrell and his wife, Deborah, his daughter Linda J. Spinella and her husband Robert, his grandchildren; Robert C. Cottrell and his wife Alex, Crystal, Nicole, Casey, Cody, Jake, and Sara Fink and her husband Michael, and his cherished great-grandchildren; Brennan, Carter, Jude, and Lucy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:30am at Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road Parsippany, NJ 07054. (973)887-3235. Interment: Union Cemetery, Hackettstown. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5:00-8:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, (Greater New Jersey Chapter) 425 Eagle Rock Ave (Suite #203) Roseland, NJ 07068.