Ralph Cottrell, brother of Keith Cottrell (H, 1967), died on 10 February 2023, aged 71. The following has been provided by Ralph’s brother, Keith.
Born in Singapore, Ralph attended the Junior School and then Hazelwell from 1960 to 1969. In 1966 as an army cadet in the CCF he won the under 16 Bisley National Rifle Shooting Championship.
A greatly talented cook and lover of good food, he qualified as a commercial caterer before deciding to read Law at Birmingham University, Alabama. After returning to the UK, he was a partner of a successful restaurant near Swindon before joining the NHS in Wiltshire as Health, Safety and Catering Area Manager responsible for seven establishments.
Always great company to be with, Ralph was much loved by friends and family. Receiving a shock diagnosis of cancerous tumours and given just several months, he defied the odds and lived for a further four years in good humour, with an inspiring positive outlook. One indication of his popularity was seen at the Service to celebrate Ralph’s life which was attended by over 200 people including family from the USA and Singapore.
Ralph leaves behind his older brother and niece, a daughter and two grandsons from his first marriage, his beloved wife, one stepson (the second sadly predeceasing him) and four step grandchildren. He is greatly missed by all who came to know him. May his memory be a blessing to everyone.