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COTTERILL, Roy Frederick

Roy Frederick Cotterill
Roy Frederick Cotterill
was born on: 
15 May 1939
at: 
Wednesfield, Staffordshire, UK
and died on: 
11 June 2016
at: 
Strode Park, Herne, Kent, UK
Epitaph: 

Husband, father, grandfather and engineer extraordinaire.

Obituary: 

Roy Cotterill was born in England's Black Country just as WWII began. After a spell in the Royal Air Force during which he served at al Firdhan in Aden, he returned to civilian life where he married Mary Gibbs his friend's sister.

Roy took a job as a mechanic for a road haulage company and over a long career in road transport engineering in a range of senior engineering and management roles in public transport and coaches.

Roy created or adapted for use in public transport many innovations from bus-stop signage to coloured poles for the partially sighted, from driver protection screens to engineering solutions to a wide range of mechanical issues. There are almost no bus services anywhere in the world where at least one of his developments is not in daily use.

On a global level, his most significant - yet rarely recognised - achievement was the development, with Mary's brother Lionel, of "The Gas Bus." See story

In his later years, Roy cared for Mary who had suffered a series of physical problems. After her death, he was diagnosed as suffering from cancer. As his condition deteriorated, he moved to Strode Park Foundation in Herne Kent where he enjoyed his last few months happy and comfortable, eventually receiving exemplary and caring end of life care.

He is survived by sons John and Nigel and his grandchildren Ben and James.

In memoriam donations may be made to the church where both Roy and Mary (and several of Mary's family) are buried: St Mary the Virgin, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire

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