Bob served at London DHQ, Belle River, Essex and Chatham Detachments before retiring as Corporal from London Detachment on December 31, 1987. Bob is survived by his children retired OPP Sergeant Robert K. Cottingham (Middlesex Detachment), Karen, Joan and Debra and his brother retired OPP Detective Staff Sergeant Don Cottingham (Burlington DHQ Crime Unit) and predeceased by his wife Dorothy.