Cottingham, Robert 'Bob' Darwin

July 2nd, 2019

Peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Robert ‘Bob’ Darwin Cottingham, of London and formerly of Tilbury, Ontario, in his 96th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Dorothy. Much loved father of Robert K. Cottingham (Nancy), Karen Osoka (Gary Boyle), Joan Metcalf (Glenn) and Debra Cottingham. Cherished and loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Survived by brothers Don Cottingham (Earla) and Ron Cottingham (Ruth). Bob was a veteran of WWII and a 30 year veteran of the O.P.P. Special thanks to the staff at Parkwood Institute and Veterans Affairs Canada for the compassionate care given. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where a funeral service will be conducted immediately thereafter. Private family interment to follow at Dorchester Union Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bob are asked to consider Diabetes Canada or the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex. 

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Barbara Masse, Patricia Masse and Geriann GillierWe extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Bob, he was a fine man. He lived a long life surrounded by his family. We will keep you all in our prayers. Barbara, Patricia and Geriann
Orval Whitesell & FamilyKnown Bob and family for many years. On behalf of my family we wish you the deepest sympathy re the loss of your loved one.
Chris LewisI worked for Bob when I was a Constable in the early 80's and then with him as a fellow Corporal for a few years at the London OPP Detachment. He was a very capable officer and leader, and all around was a good man. He always had the backs of the members under his command which was a valuable lesson to me at that time. I enjoyed visiting and reminiscing with him at Parkwood in 2014. My sympathies to his family. Chris Lewis, OPP Commissioner, retired.
Sean, Colleen, Sydney Joselyn and Joan PowellWe were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. Sending love and strength to your family.
Chris & Angela McEwenWe moved into the house beside Bob & Dorothy as a young newlywed couple. We had 3 children over the next few years and we have many fond memories of time spent with them. Along with Deb, they were the best neighbours! After moving away we didn't see them very much but always shared a Christmas card and even a couple of precious visits over the years. I was so pleased to bump into Deb at Parkwood in January and had the privilege of visiting Bob at that time! Our deepest sympathies to the whole family, and we will keep you all in our prayers during this sad time. ~ Chris & Angela, Megan, Stephen & Rachel
Greg PockeleWhat a kind and gentle man. Bob was the last surviving friend of my parent's from our Tilbury days. I am flooded with memories.
John F Slavin, Chairman of Chapter 2 of OPPVAOn behalf of Chapter 2 of the OPPVA, I wish to express our sympathy and condolences to the family. Bob is remember by many of fellow officers and members of the OPP Veterans Association. Peace be with you. John
DEnise PilonMy sincere condolences to the family .My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Gord BarkerBob was assigned as my coach officer when I joined the OPP in 1965. I learned so much from him on dealing with the public and can honestly say that any success that came my way through my career can be attributed to his excellent coaching. Nothing but the fondest memories.
Ted WebbI joined the OPP in 1962, and was very fortunate to be guided by Bob. He was a master at handling people,. I learned very much about policing and life in general from him. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
Lillian CowanMy sympathy goes out to the Cottingham family. Bob was aa very dear friend to Max and myself. He was a very dedicated police officer and Max was proud to have Bob as his partner on many investigations. He loved his family and I know how much you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Lil Cowan
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