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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Layton Cottingham (1921-2014)

Salesman, community activist.

Born at Swan River on 23 November 1921. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Army in June 1940 and served, as a member of the joint Canada-US First Special Service Force, in the Aleutian Islands, North Africa, Italy, and France for which, in 2013, he received the US Congressional Gold Medal. After his military discharge, he returned to Manitoba and married Muriel Gill (?-1994) at Arden in 1946. They moved to Neepawa in 1950 where he sold automobiles until retirement in 1986. He chaired the local United Way campaign, served on the School Board and Neepawa municipal council, and was Commanding Officer of the Neepawa Air Cadets for ten years. In 2012, in recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He died at Neepawa on 18 August 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2014, page B15.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 August 2014

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