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Sad news - Bob Cotrell's passing

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by milminwh, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. milminwh Member


    I'm sorry to have to make this announcement. I just received an e-mail from Paul Clark whereby he informed me of the passing of Bob Cotrell of Minie' Ball Miniatures. He passed away on August 5 at UC San Francisco Hospital.
    Bob was aged 76 years.

    The Funeral service was on August 13 at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon, CA.

    After the Catholic service, as Bob was a Colonel in the USMC, there was a service conducted with full Military Honors by a detachment of Marines.

    I had gotten to know Bob over the past 2-3 years as his "east coast" dealer for his line. He certainly had a passion for this wonderful hobby, and very much a Civil War buff. He was very kind to me, and I was fortunate to be able to spend time with him at the World Show in Boston a couple of summers ago. His unique approach was to provide the figure painter with lots of alternatives...head sets, leg sets, etc. for endless conversion opportunities. He used top sculptors for his line (and our hobby's best casters), as he was very focused on quality and historical accuracy.

    I will most certainly miss him!

  2. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    by Theodore O'Hara, 1847


    The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
    The soldier's last Tattoo;
    No more on life's parade shall meet
    That brave and fallen few.
    On Fame's eternal camping ground
    Their silent tents are spread,
    And glory guards, with solemn round
    The bivouac of the dead.

    No rumour of the foe's advance
    Now swells upon the wind;
    No troubled thought at midnight haunts
    Of loved ones left behind.
    No vision of the morrow's strife
    The warrior's dream alarms;
    No braying horn, nor screaming fife,
    At dawn shall call to arms.

    Their shivered swords are red with rust,
    Their plumed heads are bowed;
    Their haughty banner, trailed in dust,
    Is now their martial shroud.
    And plenteous funeral tears have washed
    The red stains from each brow;
    And the proud forms, by battle gashed,
    Are free from anguish now.

    The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
    The bugle's stirring blast,
    The charge, the dreadful cannonade,
    The din and shouts are past;
    Nor war's wild note, nor glory's peal,
    Shall thrill with fierce delight;
    Those breasts that never more may feel
    The rapture of the fight.

    Like the fierce Northern hurricane
    That sweeps the great plateau,
    Flushed with triumph, yet to gain,
    Come down the serried foe;
    Who heard the thunder of the fray
    Break o'er the field beneath,
    Knew the watchword of the day
    Was "Victory or death!"

    Long had the doubtful conflict raged
    O'er all that stricken plain,
    For never fiercer fight had waged
    The vengeful blood of Spain;
    And still the storm of battle blew,
    Still swelled the glory tide;
    Not long, our stout old Chieftain knew,
    Such odds his strength could bide.

    Twas in that hour his stern command
    Called to a martyr's grave
    The flower of his beloved land,
    The nation's flag to save.
    By rivers of their father's gore
    His first-born laurels grew,
    And well he deemed the sons would pour
    Their lives for glory too.

    For many a mother's breath has swept
    O'er Angostura's plain,
    And long the pitying sky has wept
    Above its moldered slain.
    The raven's scream, or eagle's flight,
    Or shepherd's pensive lay,
    Alone awakes each sullen height
    That frowned o'er that dread fray.

    Sons of the Dark and Bloody Ground
    Ye must not slumber there,
    Where stranger steps and tongues resound
    Along the heedless air.
    Your own proud land's heroic soil
    Shall be your fitter grave;
    She claims from war his richest spoil,
    The ashes of her brave.

    Thus 'neath their parent turf they rest,
    Far from the gory field,
    Borne to a Spartan mother's breast
    On many a bloody shield;
    The sunshine of their native sky
    Smiles sadly on them here,
    And kindred eyes and hearts watch by
    The heroes sepulcher.

    Rest on, embalmed and sainted dead,
    Dear as the blood ye gave,
    No impious footstep here shall tread
    The herbage of your grave.
    Nor shall your glory be forgot
    While fame her record keeps,
    For honor points the hallowed spot
    Where valor proudly sleeps.

    Yon marble minstrel's voiceless stone
    In deathless song shall tell,
    When many a vanquished age hath flown,
    The story how ye fell.
    Nor wreck, nor change, nor winter's blight,
    Nor time's remorseless doom,
    Shall dim one ray of glory's light
    That gilds your deathless tomb.
  3. Major_Goose Well-Known Member

    Every good man's loss is a big hit . May god rest him in peace
  4. vergilius New Member

    I'm very sorry to read this sad news. May he rest in peace
  5. megroot A Fixture

    May he rest in peace, and cloose to his God,

  6. joepanzer PlanetFigure Supporter

    It is a news that I didn't hear,
    God rest him in peace
  7. Roc Active Member

    My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

  8. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Unfortunately I missed knowing Col. Cotrell and, from your moving description of him and his involvement in our hobby, he sounds like he was a man worth knowing. I wish him Peace. May God hold those who cared for him in His hands. I hope your personal grief is short but your warm memories of Col. Cotrell are long.

    All the best,
  9. Stefano Borin New Member

    Dear Dan It's the same for me , it allways a sad new hear a veteran for figure passed over...be in peace friend of all of as...

    all the best Stefano
  10. Diegoff A Fixture

    I´m sorry to know these sad news.
    I met Col. Cotrell in California in 1999, with other spanish modellers, and all we remember him as a charming man.
    Requiescat In Pace.

  11. Graywolf Active Member

    My condolences to his family and friends.
  12. rej Well-Known Member

    I join the others in this sad but eventual post......may he rest in peace and gets his much deserved reward.......


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