I’m so glad I had a chance to see your Dad before his passing he was a very special person to me as well as your Mom. Many fond memories of both of them. You all did him and yourself proud and handled everything beautifully. Rest in peace Johnny. Your cousin Kathleen.

Posted: 06/08/2010 by Kathleen Evans of Worcester, MA, US

So very sorry to hear that our beloved Mr. Cotter has passed on. He was a wonderful teacher and model to us in Data Processing/Assabet Class of 1982. I think of him often, always very fondly! Much peace to your family.

Posted: 05/31/2010 by Anne Marrandette-Herndon of Whitinsville, Ma, 01588

Like a number of other entries, I was also a student of Mr. Cotter's at Assabet during the 78-82 school years. Afterward I substitute taught in the shop a number of times as well. He was a great teacher and fun to be around. My condolences to the family.

Posted: 05/30/2010 by Joel Tomyl of Honolulu, HI,

Our dear friend and cousin go in peace. You will be missed by so many and remembered by all who were fortunate enought to know you. To the family, all our love and prayers go out to you. The (Walter) Walls family.

Posted: 05/27/2010 by Judie Walls of Rochdale, Ma., 01542

To the Entire Cotter Family, Let me begin to offer my sincere and deepest condolences to you. I was also a student of John's at Assabet (77-81) and had worked with him at the school teaching as well. He was one of the most respected individuals I have had the pleasure to be acquainted with. He was a true family man,always talking about the kids and never at any moment when you needed a "Opinion", he would always steer you down that correct path. Some things of the past we forget but the good things stay with you. I can say that we will all miss a True Friend. R.I.P. Mike Barry AV 81'

Posted: 05/22/2010 by Mike Barry of Leominster, MA,

Dear Cathy and Katie: We were so very sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad and Grandfather...You and all your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time... Love, Ron and Roz

Posted: 05/20/2010 by Ron and Roz Dennis of North Grafton, MA, USA

John was a help with our ST. Peter's H.S. 50th reunion plans. Great friend at ST. Peter's Parish. May he rest in peace.

Posted: 05/19/2010 by Fremont Nantelle of Worcester, Mass, USA

So sorry for your lose. Mr Cotter was a great teacher, class advisor and coach at Assabet (77-81). He always had a smile, and could get you to laugh so easily. He was one of a few who found their calling in their profession, he truely had a gift.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Leslie (Osterhoudt) Hanna of Sandwich, MA,

When I was diagianosed with cancer, John was one of the first people I called. I needed to talk to someone that had been through what I was about to go through. John was supportive and helpful and I will always remember what he said to me. This year I will dedicate the 5 mile walk to cure cancer, to two friends Alan Hill (died April 30,2010) and John Cotter (died May 15, 2010). Every year I am able to walk I will have them in my thoughts. John, rest in peace, you will feel pain no more.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Archie Cronin of Auburn, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Dear Cathy, Katie and the entire Cotter family: Jerry and I are so deeply sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Though we hadn't seen him in the past few years, we always enjoyed his company and humor. We are sorry we cannot attend the services, but our prayers will be with your family at this sorrowful time. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. Anne and Jerry Clermont

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Anne and Jerry Clermont of Shrewsbury, MA,

Brian and family, Although I didn't know your Dad, I know him through you .... and see his reflection in your warm smile and kind ways. What a wonderful legacy .... your large family, many friends and former students to share the memory of such a fine man. You were blessed with 74 years ... but it is never enough. Cancer steals our loved ones from us much too soon. Sending prayers and warm thoughts during this difficult and sad time. Love & peace, Fran

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Fran Langille of Worcester, MA, USA

To Jim, Jeff, Kit, Patty, Michael & the rest of the Cotter Family, How very sorry Bill & I are with the loss of a brother and Dad. It is always such a sad time, but in time all the good memories will help heal. Our deepest sympathies. June & Bill Storie

Posted: 05/18/2010 by June & Bill Storie of Auburn, MA, USA

Dear Michael, Erin, and the entire Cotter family, Deepest sympathy & condolence within your loss! In John's passing We will miss a dear friend too! A favorite laughter, amongst many joys was his joke called "Clarence was a cripple." Him, with Paul Kearns there was no end to happiness on the golf course and elsewhere. He is fondly remembered both in our prayers and in the memories that we cherish. A precious gift that he gave to us that will sustain us all forever! Sincerely Yours Michael F. Looney Jr. Eleanor F. Looney

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Michael Looney Jr. of Paxton, Ma., USA

Brian, I am so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Tracy White of Worcester, MA, usa

I was privileged to have Mr. Cotter as my class advisor back in high school. What I remember most was his smile - it was with him pretty much everywhere he went. This is sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Denise Fernald of Lunenburg, MA, USA

My deepest sympathy for the family. Mr. Cotter was my teacher in Data processing at Bay Path.He was a great teacher and will be missed by all.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Wendy (Carlson) Ryan of Houlton, Me, USA

Our deepest sympathies for a good man.

Posted: 05/18/2010 by The Fullers of Auburn, Ma, USA

Hello Brian, Mel, & the entire Cotter Family, I just wanted to offer my condolences on the passing of your father. He was a very nice & kind man, and though it's been Years since I'd talked to him, I'll always remember him from our days on Cohasset St. In reading the obituary, he was very blessed to have such an amazingly large & extended family. We can all Dream to be so lucky with such love in our lives. He was lucky to have you all there these many many years in his. My prayers go out to all of you. Memories are an amazing thing. Remember the great man, father, & friend he was. Sincerely, Steve Sequeira Middletown, RI

Posted: 05/18/2010 by Steven Sequeira of middletown, rhode island, united states

Dear Cotter Family, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved John. I graduated from Assabet Valley and Mr. Cotter was one of my Data Processing shop teachers during my high school years there. He was a great guy and delighted in joking around with us in shop. He made learning fun! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayer during this most difficult time. God Bless, Lisa Spinney

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Lisa M. Spinney of Berlin, MA, 01503

Dear Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It has been many many years since I have seen your father, but I do have such fond memories of him. I remember him as a very kind and loving man. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Annmarie (Labuski) Kahn

Posted: 05/17/2010 by AnnMarie (Labuski) Kahn of Worcester, MA , USA

Brian and Mel, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy Moran

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Nancy Moran of Weymouth, MA,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Mr.Cotter was one of my teachers @ Baypath Regional Vocational School. He was a great man and a great teacher. He will be missed.

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Maureen Miner-Pendleton of Webster, Ma, USA

Cotter family... Our families grew up together on Cohasset Street. Mr. C was always such a great guy.. I have fond memories of him. My sympathies go out to you all.

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Becky Silver-Aunes of Fort Mill, SC, USA

My Deepest Sympathies to Mr. Cotter's Family. Mr. Cotter was one of my Teacher's @ Bay Path the First year it opened. We really enjoyed his classes. I do remember him telling us a story about how he skipped school one day to go to the movies. I believe he and company got caught, for some reason "Casper" comes to mind. Mr. Cotter was always smiling and you could talk to him if you need to. I am so very sorry for your loss, He was a kind and caring man. Sincerly, Karen {Couture} Morin

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Karen { Couture} Morin of Southbridge, Ma., USA

Dear family, We have known John and loved him for so many years. We will miss him so much as you all will. He loved his family and talked about them all the time. He added so much to our lives. I cannot believe we did not get to see him this year in FL. Our hearts are broken for your loss. Marie & Louie Colognesi

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Marie Colognesi of West Palm Beach, FL, USA

We will miss you so much Dad! Thank you so much for all the special memories! I love you.

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Annmarie Johnson of Worcester, Ma, United States

There was no one better than you will forever be in our you!

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Posted: 05/17/2010 by patricia mctigue kane of rutland, ma, usa

Rest in peace Papa we love you so much <3

Posted: 05/16/2010 by cotters of worcester, ma,

miss u papa

Posted: 05/16/2010 by ed of oxford, mass,