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Jim Cottrill

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James Archibald was born in Walkerton on Friday, February 7, 1941 to Bill and Mary (Parker) Cottrill. Jim was the oldest of five children and was soon joined by younger siblings Charlie, Bob, Anne and Joy. The Cottrill family mixed farmed on County Road 1, in Greenock Township, just west of Paisley. Jim attended elementary school in Paisley followed by Walkerton District Secondary School. It was during this time that Jim was encouraged by his mother’s cousin, Jim Parker, to pursue further education, a decision he was forever grateful for.

Jim began trade school in Toronto in 1961 where he earned qualifications as a steamfitter. He applied his trade for the next 44 years, working for Ontario Hydro starting at the old Douglas Point and finishing his career at the Bruce Nuclear Power Development, retiring in 2006. Jim was a proud member of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 527 for more than 50 years.  

In 1968, while working at Lakeview Generation Station in Toronto, Jim met Mary Margaret MacDonald on a night out in the city. The couple enjoyed a night of roller skating at “The Terrace” and as they say the rest is history. Mary, a Cape Bretoner, married Jim on August 7, 1970 in Toronto. Over the next 47 years the couple worked together and raised their family. In time they welcomed three sons, John in 1974, Michael in 1976 and Jamie in 1984. Jim quietly rejoiced in the accomplishments of his wife, children and grandchildren.  

Soon after their marriage, the young couple purchased a 20 acre parcel of land across the road from the Cottrill family farm. Over the next two years Jim built their family home with his own two hands. Their picturesque property backed onto the banks of the Teeswater River. Together, he and Mary enjoyed their beautiful property on the outskirts of Paisley until his final days.

In his spare time Jim could often be found attending auction sales with his brothers or any one of a number of his “sidekicks” who enjoyed his sense of humour, his keen eye for the rare and unusual, and his appreciation for a bargain. Jim was a life-long collector of a wide range of objects, including dishes, furniture, farm tools and machinery. Jim had a great appreciation and memory of local history.  This passion led to his involvement with The Bruce County Heritage Association over the years. He was also the longtime caretaker of Starkvale Cemetery. Jim and Mary liked to travel and some of their most memorable trips included their time in the British Isles, their trip out West in 2010 and their countless trips to Cape Breton Island to visit Mary’s family. In recent years, Jim loved to take in the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Parade on Saturday evening during the months of July and August. Not only did he enjoy the Scottish music, it also was an opportunity for Jim to reconnect with friends and co-workers.

To know Jim was to understand his appreciation of YouTube, yes you read that right, and the many old comedian skits he enjoyed watching. He appreciated many different forms of music, including any music from the East Coast, Ireland and of course, Scotland. Jim also had a soft spot for any food that contained raisins, particularly raisin pie and butter tarts, with raisin. Who could forget Jim’s famous pocket book! He carried it with him everywhere and it contained countless phone numbers, daily tasks and lists that kept Jim’s day full, day in, day out.

Even in his later years, Jim’s work ethic was not easily matched. He generously helped his family, friends and neighbours with countless tasks. Without fail, he could be counted on to have “the right tool,” parts or pieces to fix any problem. Jim’s humble and generous nature will be missed by all that knew him.  

Sadly, Jim passed away following a brief, yet valiant battle with cancer on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in his 77th year.  

Beloved husband of Mary Margaret (MacDonald).  Father of John, his wife Charlene, and their children Paisley, Grant and McKenna of Strathroy; Michael, his wife Johanna and their children Wesley and Isabel of Guelph; and Jamie, his wife Paige and their son Windsor of Battleford, Saskatchewan. Jim is also survived by his brothers Charlie (Bette) and Bob (Mary) of Paisley, his sisters Anne (Fred Erickson) and Joy (the late Barry Nodwell) of Port Elgin; his brothers-in-law Roddy MacDonald (Laureen), Buddy MacDonald (Margaret) and sisters-in-law Elizabeth (Roland Chiasson), Beatrice MacDonald (the late Joseph) and Shirley MacDonald (the late Duncan). Jim was predeceased by his parents Bill and Mary (Parker) Cottrill.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and friend has left us, but will always remain in our memories.  

At Jim’s request, there will be no visitation or service and cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Starkvale Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life for family and friends, later in 2018.

Memorial donations to The Bruce County Heritage Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


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