February 01, 1947 - December 09, 2008
Jonathan Cottrell's Memory
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had." Robert Louis Stevenson.
The above writing echoes the unique person Jon was: a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. The youngest of four boys, Jon lived his life as a reflection of the values instilled by his parents. His career was spent with the same company PSEG where he was known as a true gentleman with an infectiously positive outlook on life. He took time to get to those he worked with and was well respected for his mentoring and commitment. Being a tissue donor is a reflection of Jon's unselfish concern for others.
Jon was most proud of our four children. Each one mirrors qualities that he valued and possessed- integrity, faith, compassion and concern for others, moral obligation, patience, and flexibility. He was their mentor, coach, and adviser; he supported them when they were presented with choices, but allowed them to make mistakes.
Jon passed unexpectedly on December 9, 2008 from cardio pulmonary arrest- he was able to donate corneas and bone and tissue which were used in over 50 surgeries. Until we meet again, we will treasure the moments we had with him and the beautiful memories he has given us.