Laconia, NH------Paul M. Cotter, 85, of 82 Paugus Park, died at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Saturday, November 9, 2002. He was the widower of Barbara (Craib) Cotter who died in 1989.
Mr. Cotter was born May 23, 1917 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of George B. and Verna (Hooper) Cotter. He was raised in Hudson, Mass and graduated from Hudson High School. Mr. Cotter was a Captain in the U. S. Army during World War II and served in the Sicily Campaign and was recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Cotter lived in South Natick, Mass. for many years before moving to Laconia in 1967. He was owner and operator of Cotter Oil Burner Service for many years and later worked for Labbe Oil Co.
Mr. Cotter was an avid hockey player and played semi-pro hockey; he enjoyed sailing and ice boating and was a member and Past Commodore of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. Mr. Cotter enjoyed playing piano throughout the Lakes Region with the Lakes Region Ambassadors.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen B. Cotter, of Laconia, NH and Philip D. Cotter of Pelham, NH; a daughter, Jeanne Bishop, of Laconia, NH; six grandchildren, Gregory Cotter, Stephanie Cotter, Paul Cotter, Lindsay Cotter, Allan Bishop and Jillian Bishop; a sister, Peggy Muscati of Chandler, Arizona; two nephews and one niece.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 2:00 PM at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH. Rev. George Hankins-Hull, Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Lakes Region General Hospital, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, PO Box 11, Laconia, NH 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.