Lifelong Community Leader, Robert V Cotton, passed away from COVID-19 on May 24, 2020. Bob was raised in Granby, Connecticut with his five siblings. 1st Lt Cotton served on the front line in Korea and awarded a Bronze Star of Honor. Bob earned a B.S.E from UConn and a M.S. at U of Penn. As an engineer, Bob dedicated his working life in the Telecommunications Industries.
Bob and the love of his life, Margaret Jean Garrity, were married in 1955 and relocated to Pennsylvania, eventually settling in New Britain Township.
Surviving the Great Hartford Circus fire, triggered a desire to serve his community. Bob was active in the Chalfont Fire Company, the Brittany Farms Association, a Masonic brother, the VFW, and was a founding member of Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church. He served as a NBT supervisor for more than 4 decades. In honor of his community work, Bob had a Rte. 202 bridge and township park named for him.
Bob is survived by his daughters and son in laws: Deborah (Robert) Kleeman of Chalfont, and Nancy (David) Lansberry of Garnet Valley, PA. He was the beloved Grampa to Joshua and Cori Kleeman and Alison and Christopher Lansberry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and his infant daughter, Jennifer.
A celebration of his life will be held on September 19, 2020 at Lenape Valley Church in New Britain, PA. Guests will be greeted by the family beginning at 9:45 AM; the service will be at 11:00 AM. To honor Bob’s patriotism, guests are invited to wear red, white, and blue. In lieu of flowers, please consider volunteering an hour of community service or making a donation to Chalfont Fire Company in Bob’s name. Messages for the family may be left at www.robert-v-cotton.forevermissed.com
. The service will be live streamed on the church’s website, www.lenapevalleychurch.org
. Burial services will be held September 22, 2020, 11:00 AM at the Washington Crossing Military Cemetery. Arrangements by Donahue Funeral Home, Flourtown, www.donahuefuneral.com.