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COTSWORTH – James “Bern”

December 8, 1925 – November 5, 2010

Jim “Bern” Cotsworth passed away on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the age of 84 years.

Bern is survived by his loving wife of fifty eight years, Peggie (Jean Margaret); two brothers, Bob of Moncton, NB and Peter (Joan) of Mill Bay, Vancouver Island. He is also survived by six nieces and nephews and their families across Canada. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara (Don) Sara of Coquitlam, B.C.

Bern was born in York, England to Frank and Edith Cotsworth and came to Guelph, ON from Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1940 when the family returned to Canada following the outbreak of war. In spite of his tendency to bypass classes, his level of intelligence and an enquiring active mind allowed him to cruise effortlessly thorough all levels of academe in compressed time. He received his education at “Inst”, Belfast, N. Ireland, Guelph Collegiate and University of Manitoba (B.Com). He served two years in WWII in the R.C.N.V.R., latterly as a signalman aboard the corvette “Petrolia”. He took his discharge in Winnipeg where he completed his university education and then passed his CA examinations in limited time (a medalist enroute) before moving to Calgary in 1952 with his bride of ten days, the lovely Peggie. A solid treasury career in the oil industry with Westcan Corp, Pathfinder Petroleums, Gibson Petroleum Group (V.P.), Pan Ocean Oils and Sultran Ltd (V.P.) was completed by diverse recreational pursuits. Bird hunting, golf, fishing, curling, bridge, gin rummy, all played a part in his life. He was a long time member of The Glencoe Club, The Petroleum Club, The Calgary Golf and Country Club and was a lifetime member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Friends and family will remember him as a person of strong inherited principles founded in ironclad integrity and thoughtfulness to others. They will also remember his sense of humour – ever ready with a quip, a play on words, a quick response, an original song or rhyme and, for a select few, a birthday cassette. Devoted to each other, he and Peggie shared many delightful times together with a broad selection of friends.

A gathering to celebrate Bern’s life will be held at The Calgary Golf and Country Club (One and one half blocks west of Elbow Drive on 50th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through The family wishes to express their gratitude for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Patrick Wong and the staff of Nursing Unit 73 at the Rockyview General Hospital. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (888) 412-4222.

In living memory of Bern Cotsworth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Peggy
    The Stiven family extend their deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend Jim. We remember his loyalty and thoughtfulness in our time of need.
    Very sincerely
    Betty Stiven

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  2. Sue, Don, Alex (Darcie, Spencer and Elliot) and Elaine Cameron :

    Dear Aunt Peggie- Thinking of you at this sad time. Our card may not reach you by Friday and also so sorry we can’t make the gathering and celebration of Uncle Bern’s life. Just wanted to let you know that we will be there in spirit and wish you strength.
    With Love The Camerons from New Brunswick

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  3. Carole and Kevin Doyle :

    Jim was a wonderful person who contributed much to those he came in contact with through his joie de vive, thoughtfulness and decency. We will miss him , but will always cherish the many memories of good times together both at work and play. We are better for having known him. Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with Peggie and her great loss

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  4. Gayle and Blake Ashforth :

    Dear Peggie,

    We were so saddened to learn that your dear Jim had passed away. As time goes on its way, may your cherished memories bring comfort to you and help make your loved one seem very close to you.

    Our thoughts are with you.

    Gayle and Blake Ashforth

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  5. Bev joins me in extending condolences. Jim was a fine person both at work and outside. One of his many fine attributes was his thill with the written language. I was impresssed. Our sincere sympathy.

    Bev and Wilf Jacoby

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  6. As I always said anyone who did not like Jim Cotsworth did not like anyone!
    That was the man that I knew for over 35 years. Our relationship started out as
    a business relationship but extended into a personal one. We worked together
    and we played together travelling to the coast on business and getting some
    fishing and gourmet dining in while there. Of course the prime object of the
    trips was always the business issues we had to resolve to the satisfaction of
    he and Sultran. But always the wit of my dear friend Jim seemed to enlighten
    all in attendence that business dealings could always be compatible.
    Then came retirement! Jim and I expanded our friendship to include Peggie and
    my wife Jan more then did while working. We attended the theatre at the Jube,
    dined out and found a bit of time to check out the local casinos – on very rare
    occasions of course.
    I will always remember our last trip to the coast – and I Promised Peggie I would
    take good care of Jim – was June 2008. Our good friend Gary Thompson in
    Vancouver took us on his boat “Kalihi”, a 48 footer, and we cruised up to Indian
    Arm and overnighted on the boat. A lot of crib was played and money changed
    hands but a super time was had by all. Jim was tired out when I got him back
    to Calgary but I will never forget the huge smile he had on his face when I got
    him home to Peggie.
    Jim was a dear friend and I have so many memories that I will cherish for the rest of
    my lifetime. God bless you Jim and rest in peace.

    Vic Woodward

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  7. Dear Peggie,

    I extend condolences to you at this time of your deep sorrow. Bern was a true gentleman and made a host of friends during his lifetime. He was well respected and certainly accomplished many things in a very profient way.

    I wish you well in the time ahead.

    Cameron Lee

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