Joseph P. Cotter passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008 in Pueblo, Colorado.
Mr. Cotter was born September 13, 1926 in Chicago, IL to William M. and Mabel O’Brien Cotter, the 3rd of 4 siblings. He graduated from St. Leo H.S. in June, 1944 and entered WWII in the Weather Squadron at Albrook Field, the Canal Zone. He returned to Chicago and graduated Loyola University in 1952. He entered retail with Marshall Fields and remained with them until relocating to Pueblo in 1977 and opening the Naturalizer Shoe Store in the Pueblo Mall. In later years he was a real estate agent.
He was a member of the Toastmaster Club and the foster grandparent program at Carlisle Elementary School. He was a runner, skier, golfer, and journaling expert. He was an uncle “extraordinaire” to his many nieces and nephews including Colleen Walker and Karen Walker Leahy.
Survivors: Brother, William R. and his wife, Mary; Sisters, Jean Cotter and Kathryn Mary Walker. He is also survived by two longtime friends, Rev. Roger Hupp and Jim Wickers. Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, April 20 at 2:30 PM at Liberty Point in Pueblo West.
His family believes that he would have wished for this poem by Mary E. Fry to appear at this time:
“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die.”