Cottenier Marcel, 90, formerly of West Greenwich and more recently the Greenwich Bay Manor in Warwick, passed away peacefully on Friday March 22, 2013 at Kent County Hospital in Warwick. Marcel had battled Congestive Heart Failure for many years and with the help of the Providence VA lived a long and active life. Born to Felix and Sophie Cottenier in April 1922 in Pawtucket Rhode Island he was the brother of the late Paul Cottenier who passed in Florida several years ago. Marcel lost his only son, Robert Cottenier (USMC) during a battle in Vietnam in 1968 and then his wife Mildred Landy to Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in 1985. He leaves behind three nephews Paul Cottenier Jr of Virginia, Michael Cottenier of New Jersey and Timothy Durigan of Cranston. He also leaves two nieces, Leslie Durigan and Donna Hanson both of Cranston. Besides his family and his many friends, Marcel leaves his long-time companion, Clair Hall of Charlestown Rhode Island. Marcel was the quintessential "jack-of–all trades" and master of tool and die making. He started his career by volunteering for the Marine Corp during WW II to avenge the loss of a friend, where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was trained as a tool maker and spent 17 years with Imperial Knife Company as a tool-room foreman. In his diverse career he sold insurance, started a realty company, ran a tree cutting business, painted houses, invested in real estate, and had even owned a chicken farm. He enjoyed playing the harmonica, fishing, painting, tinkering and telling (old) jokes. Marcel had been a long-time Scoutmaster of troop 13 in West Warwick and a proud 25 year member of the Coventry Senior Band. His funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston followed by burial in Pocasset Cemetery, Dyer Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm.
Family of Claire Hall - 03/26/2013
We will never forget the care, caring and fun you contributed to our Mom's life and well-being during the past 25 years. Na
James and lillian day - 03/26/2013
So sorry for your loss. We will always remember him as a true friend.
Westbay Community Action RSVP - 03/27/2013
Dear Cottenier Family, Marcel volunteered in the Coventry Harmonica Band through the RSVP Program. He will be missed by all. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Staff of the Westbay Community Action Retired Senior and Volunteer Program.
Ryan and Lori LePage - 03/27/2013
We were so fortunate to know Mr. C, he was a very special man and we will miss him .
Linda Sylvia - 03/29/2013
to the nieces and nephews of Mr. Cottenier I extend my condolences. I am saddened to hear of his passing, I knew of him and Mrs. Cottenier many years ago around 1973 when I had the opportunity to speak to them identifying myself as the sister of their beloved son Robert. I am truly sorry for your loss but know now that he is resting in peace with his wife and son who he loved passionately. God bless you all.