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William F. Cotter

January 24, 1950 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old


Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, August 23 from 4pm to 7pm at the Dockray-Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington Street in Canton, MA. Funeral Mass at Oscar Romero Church Thursday Morning at 10 am. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Canton. Relatives and Friends are invited.


 William F. "Billy" Cotter, born on January 24, 1950, in Milton, MA, passed away peacefully at home in Canton, MA, on August 19, 2023 surrounded by his family.

Billy was the cherished husband of Susan (Fitzgerald) Cotter, whom he married in 1970, forming a bond that spanned over five decades. He was the beloved son of the late Donald and Esther Cotter. Billy was the proud father of Brian Cotter of Braintree and Stacy Lynn Bottary and her husband Robert (BFD) of Readville, MA. He was also the dear brother of Deborah Sharpe and her husband George of Canton, and the late Mark Cotter of Walpole. Billy was a devoted Papa to Ashley Cotter, Ryan Bottary, and Alyssa Bottary, whose lives were enriched by his unwavering love and support. He was also survived by many loving nieces, nephew and extended family.

Billy was a proud graduate of Milton High School, Class of 1968. His hard-working and dedicated nature led him to a rewarding career at the New England Telephone Company, where he spent over 25 years providing exceptional service and forming lifelong friendships.

Billy had a zest for life. Billy was a lot of fun to be with, always enjoying a good conversation and a great laugh. His knowledge of cars and boats was educational and entertaining. His interests ranged from playing pool to traveling, with a particular fondness for Martha's Vineyard and Aruba. Billy's love for adventure was only surpassed by his love for his family. Billy had a great heart and loved his family. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren, creating memories that will be treasured forever.


Please, in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Billy’s name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF.ORG)

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August 23, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home
455 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021

Funeral Mass
August 24, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Oscar Romero Church (Canton)


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