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Gerard J. Cotter

February 28, 1935 - August 12, 2011

U.S. Veteran

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The news of Gerry's passing was very sad for me. I knew him when I was employed by Richard Sullivan, CSW, in Newburgh, NY. Gerry worked worked there part-time and laughter was always heard in the office when he was there. He had a winning smile and personality that warmed your heart. He will be missed. In the last few years he would sometimes pass through my mind and I wondered where he was living. He was a great man and will be missed. Diana

Posted by Diana James on August 22, 2011

Dear Cotter Family, I was so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He was always a friendly face to me on Saturday mornings. He was one of my favorite people to see at meetings and always had something kind and supportive to say. Jerry was someone that had a great impact on me and I am a better person for knowing him. I am thankful that I met him. My most sincerely thoughts and prayers are with you, Elissa R.

Posted by Elissa R on August 21, 2011

I was a colleague and friend of your father. His story was remarkable and I never forgot him although we lost touch over the years. I remarked to a mutual friend that it takes a particular blend of dedication, tolerance and intestinal fortitude to work in the field we chose. Your father certainly had the chops for that calling and I know he will be remembered with great fondness by all those he helped. I will remember him fondly as well.

Posted by Kathryn Sajdak (Eagle) on August 20, 2011

I knew Jerry through his assosiation with Right Turn, where he helped so many people turn their lives around. He was a tough man with a patient heart and a compasionate touch. We often shared our common bitter sweet experinces,of life on the Bowery, when we spoke. His daily presense and contribution will be missed, but always remembered. He was someone who gave far more, than he ever took. Something we can all aspire too. My condolences to you all.

Posted by Kevin Duffy on August 19, 2011

Your Dad was a big part of my life when I needed a friend the most. He was like family for several years. I remember all the days we spent together on Helen Ct In Beacon. Gerry was fun and a straight shooter. He was passionate about life and the things that mattered. I will miss him greatly. Please contact me if there is any thing you ever need or I can do for you. With Love Chris

Posted by Christopher Ryan on August 16, 2011

Dear Elisa...I did not know your Dad. (I only met him once, very briefly.) But I have known his eldest daughter for many years. And the woman she became; the caring, compassionate individual that she is, is a testament to her father. I know how much you loved him and how much you are going to miss him. But living life as you have done so far is his legacy. I know he is proud of you. You and your family are in my prayers. I am not far away--just a phone call. Peace, Charley

Posted by Charley Dunn on August 16, 2011

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend. I spent time with Jerry very recently. We will miss him terribly. He was a great man and a true friend. I feel like I have lost my own. May you find peace and serenity during this difficult time. Our prayers and blessings to all his family. Bryan & Nancy.

Posted by Bryan & Nancy Byrne on August 14, 2011