MCOUAT, COLIN COTTINGHAM
Colin passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Helen (Wright), his daughter, Brenda, his brother, Jim and his parents, James Ralph and Mary Edith. “Dad” will be greatly missed by Barbara (Neil), Ralph (Marie-France) and Beverly; “Poppa” by Douglas (Jessica), Adrienne (Mo), Colin “C.J.” and Angelina, and his great-grandchildren, Cameron and Caelan. Colin touched the lives of many, with his immensely generous heart and love of family. Colin was a driving force behind the McOuat family and the Lachute community. From his early years as a boy growing up in Ormstown and then Lachute, Colin never stopped. Working alongside his father, Ralph, and his brother, Jim, they established one of Lachute’s most iconic businesses, Farmers Supply Company, and continued to build the McOuat Group with his son Ralph. Colin was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. In his “spare” time, he loved and excelled at hunting and fishing with friends, whether it was at BLM Club, the Manitou or the Canadian Arctic. He also loved to travel the world with dear Helen and family. Colin was devoted to his family, his friends and his community. He has left behind a legacy of kindness, compassion and a zest for life that is an inspiration to all. Among his lifelong achievements, Colin played a significant role with Helen in their community with the Lachute United Church, The Lachute Curling Club, The Lachute District Shrine Club, as well as The Shriners’ Hospital. In 1980, he was elected Potentate for Karnak. The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Todd McConnell, Dr. Jack Sutton and the St. Mary’s Hospital team; as well as Colin’s thoughtful caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations in Colin’s memory may be made to: Ed McFaul Foundation, P.O. Box 844, Lachute, Quebec, J8H 4G5, Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, 1003 Decarie Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1A6, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, 3830 avenue Lacombe #1510, Montreal, Quebec, H3T 1M5. A celebration of Colin’s life will take place Friday, June 16, 2017 at Colin & Helen’s home (750 rue Principale, Lachute, Quebec J8H 1Z4) 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm. A private funeral service and burial will be held at a later date.