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Memorable Manitobans: Robert E. Cottingham (1919-2013)

Farmer, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 30 September 1919, from the age of five years he worked with his father on their mixed farm which included livestock, fox and mink, and a seeding-cleaning plant. He served as a pilot during the Second World War, meeting his first wife while stationed in England. When he returned from military duty, he resided at Winnipeg then moved to the family farm near Teulon where he and his brother carried on a seed grain business. He left the farm in 1996 and moved to Teulon then, in August 2012, to Arborg. He was Chairman of the Teulon School Board and served as Chair of the Dunara Cemetery Board for 30 years. He was an active member of the Teulon Heritage Museum and represented it at the Teulon Chamber of Commerce. In November 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his community service. He died at Arborg on 4 June 2013 and was buried in the Dunara Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 2013.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2013

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