Richard Joseph “Ricky” Cottrell, born Dec. 30, 1955, in Westerly, Rhode Island, and raised in Old Saybrook, passed away on Feb. 2, comfortably with family after a short illness.
Ricky will be remembered as a loving and generous son, brother, uncle, and friend who brightened the lives of everyone who knew him. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially during the holidays. He was always the life of the party and was known for his storytelling and one-of-a-kind sense of humor—being with Uncle Ricky always brought squeals of glee from his many nieces and nephews.
His hobbies and passions were many and included cruising Long Island Sound in his classic Bertram Bahia Mar; rooting for his favorite team, the New York Yankees; photography; and wintering in Daytona, Florida.
Ricky graduated from Old Saybrook Senior High School in 1974, went on to earn an associate degree in science, and was employed for many years as an instructor at Electric Boat in Groton. After leaving Electric Boat, he spent many years living on Long Island Sound in Niantic, a place that brought him peace and happiness.
Ricky was preceded in death by his father George Samuel Cottrell, mother Caroline (Perry) Cottrell, brother Geoffrey Cottrell, and sister Cynthia (Cottrell) Rich.
Ricky is survived by his brother William (Mimi) Cottrell of St. Mary’s, Georgia, brother Michael Cottrell of Westbrook, and sister Jeanne Cottrell of Palm Harbor, Florida. Ricky has two nieces, three nephews, three great-nieces, and two great-nephews.
Ricky will be greatly missed and always remembered in our hearts. Safe travels, Brother.
No services are planned at this time.