John Russell Cotman, age 86, passed away October 20, 2013.
John the second son of John Cotman and Louise Bombach, was raised in Detroit during the Great Depression. Happy memories of childhood in a flourishing city, built by immigrants in an era where everyone lent a hand and gave each other a fair shake. He joined the YMCA at the age of 10 and remained a lifelong member until age 86. "This is home" he frequently said. A graduate of Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University, WWII Navy veteran, entrepreneur, collector, artist, real estate flipper and Masonic brother. Beloved husband of Lorraine Nebrasky for 58 years until she passed over in 2005. Predeceased by his brother, Lawrence, John leaves behind his daughters, Diane Cotman Cambridge, MA and Cheryl Graham Williamston, MI, his granddaughter, Kaitlynn Graham Williamston, MI, and a myriad of friends and family, including his companion, Beverly McDonald. John loved to laugh and always had a joke or prank . . even for his doctors in the very last days. Visitation Saturday 10 a.m. until the time of the service 1 p.m. at the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W 11 Mile Rd. 4 blocks E of Woodward, Royal Oak. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Polish Cultural Club at 15 Mile and Dequindre in Troy. Share your memories at www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.