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COTTRELL, James (Jim) McIntosh

April 25, 1944 – Grantown On Spey, Scotland
July 28, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Cottrell, beloved husband of the late Millie Cottrell (nee Wiley) of Calgary, AB, on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the age of 75 years.

Jim was born on April 25, 1944 in Grantown On Spey, Scotland and came to Canada on the Queen Mary on August 16, 1946. Upon arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, Jim, his mom and younger sister Loretta, took a train across the country to Saskatoon, SK and eventually arrived in Prince Albert, SK where Jim grew up.

Jim worked at Ron Robin’s farm during the summers while attending school, graduating from Prince Albert Collegiate Institute in 1962. Following graduation, he worked at the Imperial Oil Warehouse in Prince Albert, SK. Later he worked in Buffalo Narrows, SK for two years with Sask Air, followed by one year in Winnipeg for Bapco Paint as a research chemist. In the summers throughout his University years, Jim worked in La Ronge, SK. During the day, he worked at Anglo Rough Mines, while at night he was a bartender at the Zoo. He obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1968, and short time later, he moved to Calgary to teach. He taught at Bowness High School from 1968 – 1978, Central Memorial High School from 1978 – 1979, William Aberhart High School from 1979 – 1981, Ernest Manning High School from 1981 – 1991, and went on to finish his full time teaching career at Crescent Heights High School in 2005. In 1995, Jim started teaching night school at Chinook College and continued to do so, part time, until 2014. Jim received an “Excellency in Social Studies Teaching” during his time at Ernest Manning High School, and in 2006, he was awarded an “Excellency Teaching Award” from the Alberta Provincial Government.

While living with friends in Calgary, Jim met his wife Millie through a mutual friend. They were married on July 30, 1971. Jim enjoyed spending his summers at Waskesiu Lake, SK with his family. He spent his time fishing, hiking, playing cards, reading, and visiting with family and friends. In the fall, Jim would spend his spare time with friends, hunting birds, deer, and moose.

Jim will be remembered for being an honest person, who was always willing to help out a friend in need, or assist a fellow teacher. He also had a love of dogs, especially English Springer Spaniels. Above all, he will be remembered for his love of his family.

Jim leaves to lovingly remember, his son David, daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Kirk; two grandchildren, Evan and Isla; dog Buster and granddog Tanna; as well as numerous family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, Condolences may be forwarded through

In loving memory of Jim Cottrell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525

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  1. Stephen Brown

    Jim was my friend. A better friend could not be found. Need help ,a place to sleep, a meal,
    storage for one of your treasures, your dog looked after, help with your election campaign, help with new curriculum materials, or sorting out of tough guys at school…Jim was always there.

    I am proud to say that Jim was my friend
    I will sorely miss him.

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  2. So sorry to hear about your dad remembering so many wonderful times at Waskasiu, he was always so proud of you kids and loved you to the end of the earth hugs and prayers for all . Pam and family

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  3. Gordon Brown

    Firstly my sincere condolences to Carol and David and all of Jim’s family members. I know he thought the world of his children and grand children.

    Jim and I knew each other since grade one elementary school in Prince Albert, we were usually in the same class all through elementary and high school, played together, camped together, went to Boy Scouts together, fished together, worked together in our teen years and even lived together in Winnipeg.

    During our “formative” years we shared many adventures and even after going separate ways in the world always kept in touch albeit brief at times but there was a long standing friendship and a bond which I consider rare in today’s world.

    Jim was a solid and true friend, always supportive and always interested in all the comings and goings of my life and my family’s life. Jim was a true gentleman…perhaps seen as a diamond in the rough but he truly was a diamond in the rough, priceless!

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  4. My friend Jimmy say in front of me during our time at PACI.
    We became good friends the rest of our life. At U of S we partied and even lived together at graduation for most of a year with two other guys. When Jim and Millie got married my wife Trudy and I stood up for them and even spent their honeymoon with them fishing north of Candle Lake.
    Jobs, moving away and kids caused our friendship to cool but continue. We had a great visit just him and I three weeks ago and had plan fishing next week. I will truly missed this terrific man.

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  5. Jim was a great friend. Whether golfing in Spokane, camping and fishing in the mountains, curling, sitting beside each other at union meetings, playing crib and fishing at the cabin in Waskesiu, or cavorting about town, Jim always made sure the laughter was present, the time was memorable and the friendship enduring. During a long teaching career, Jim always maintained his passion, professionalism and subject mastery. His charges were the better for his instruction. A devoted family man, it was always abundantly clear where his heart lay. For both Millie and Jim, David and Carol were the source of much pride and love, and this continued with the grandchildren. Jim loved his dogs as well, even if most of them gave him fits during his patient training. I count myself fortunate to have had a friend like Jim. He will be missed.

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  6. Our condolences to David and Carol on the passing of your Dad. Your Dad was a true gentleman and a great supportive colleague while we taught together at William Aberhart. Jim and Sharon Stevenson

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  7. Carol and David: I just don’t know what to say to both; it has been a hard year for you. You dad was a great man and was loved by many both his teaching colleges and his students. We had so many good times together. We will be out of town for the funeral but you will be in our prayers.

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  8. Carol, David, Kirk, Evan and Isla, we send our deepest condolences. Growing up alongside your family I came to know and respect your dad. He always listened without judgement, and I enjoyed our many conversations over the years. He will be missed by so many. We’re thinking of you, and his many friends during this very difficult time. Dawn, Jay, Charlie and the Dittmann family

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  9. Daniel E. Smith

    David and Carol, I was sadden to hear the news of Jim’s passing. We worked together for many years at CHHS. Really enjoyed our many conversations and “The Huntings Stories. May the Lords comfort you during this sad time. Blessings, Daniel Smith

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  10. Jim was a good man, a man who worked hard and with good humour. He volunteered his time to help in whatever endeavour was called upon. He took great interest in the world around him and was a steadfast friend for many.

    April and I are saddened to hear of his passing; we will miss him. We extend our condolences to family.

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  11. Marilyn Jean Klug

    Carol Kirk and David We were so sorry to hear of your Dads passing we have been friends for a long time in fact I introduced Jim to Millie. Werner and Jim lived together before Millie We shall miss him.

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  12. Having been Jim’s neighbor since 2011, I always enjoyed catching up, talking hockey & hearing about his summer fishing trips. He was a wonderful man, neighbour & friend. I will miss him dearly.

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  13. Ron & Linda Jeffery

    David and Carol,
    I had the privilege of working with Jim at Crescent Heights for 8 years and at Chinook for 3 more after. Your dad was a mentor, colleague and friend.
    I treasure the lunch we had together just last month and sitting in the yard talking about our families, Millie, his road trip with David up north and everything he loved….he will be greatly missed. Linda and I are in Whitehorse and will be away for the funeral but our love will be there in spirit.

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  14. I (Jack) taught with Jim at Ernest Manning High School during the 1980’s. During that time a new method of teaching was introduced. Social Studies was the “control group”. A competition amongst the different subject areas ensued. Social Studies 30 was taught by Jim, Ron Lewis and myself (Jack Serna). Social Studies 30 results measured by Departmental exams topped all other subjects consistently.

    Across the street from Manning High, was a neighborhood pub. The three of us went to celebrate our “victory”. Ron Lewis had a “visa” until 5 pm. Jim and I continued celebrating until the place closed. Jim suggested that we should continue over to the Legion where he had a membership. After a period of time our server informed us the police had a check stop down the road. What to do? It was decided to stay put. It was extremely cold outside and we figured the police would not stay out in the cold forever. We were correct except for a pillar in the parking lot took aversion to my mirror on my old truck.

    I can see Jim, a dear friend and colleague, in that big classroom in the sky teaching Social Studies and having a wee dram with St. Peter.

    Our sincere condolences to David, Carol, Kirk and family.

    Jack, Zig and Ed Serna

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  15. I will always remember Jim as a man who loved life and lived it to its fullest. He was a kind man.

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  16. Erin Munro Clark

    I’m so sorry about Jim’s passing. He was a kind, generous man that I was lucky enough to spend a few afternoons with in Waskesiu. He taught me to fish, patiently correcting my mistakes and always genuinely happy when I caught one. He was always ready to try one more good spot and knew the ins and outs of everywhere on the lake. Our afternoons, if not always productive, were always peaceful. I’m sorry I can’t be with you tomorrow but my thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

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  17. Colleen Hetherington

    I was grateful to have worked with Jim at Crescent Heights High School. He was a man of reason with a lovely sense of humour and humanity. He raised the bar for all of us.
    May your many happy memories soon overwhelm your sense of loss.

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