"Threads of Love" Donor Memorial Quilt: Quilt 20
Jonathan E. Cottrell
February 1, 1947-December 9, 2008
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained that 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 that Jon was. 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 where he was known as a true gentleman with an infectiously positive outlook on life. He took time to get to know 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- and all that they have accomplished. 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 advisor; he supported them when they were presented with choices, but allowed them to make mistakes. He often said that through our failures, we grow and become stronger people.
A living legacy of Jon's life are the five beautiful grandchildren whom he enjoyed spending time with. Although he won't be there to see them grow up, I am certain he is watching over all of us and is waiting for the day we will be reunited for eternity. Until that day arrives, we will treasure the moments we had and the beautiful memories he has given us.