Former Kinuso businessman, councillor passes away

Rick McCotter

Chris Clegg
South Peace News
A well-known Kinuso man known for his no-nonsense style of politics has passed away.

Richard John “Rick” McCotter was 69 years old.

McCotter, originally from Kinuso before moving to Flatbush years ago, was very active in the community. He served on many boards as well as the former Improvement District No. 17 advisory council. Many times he butted heads with those who opposed him. His arguments with Alberta Transportation are still talked about today and are legendary.

McCotter also operated Strawberry Service many times. He would build the business, then sell it. Later, after it became unsuccessful, he would start the process all over again.

McCotter failed in a bid for the Progressive Party nomination in 1989. The winner, Pearl Calahasen, would serve from 1989-2015.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 50 years, Joanne; two sons, Wade and Randy; two grandchildren, Brett and Kash; three brothers, Bob [Pat], Wayne, and Bill; two sisters, Shirley [Al], and Twila; one sister-in-law, Anne; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents: John and Shirley; and one brother, George.

A Celebration of Life occurred Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Flatbush Complex.

Anyone who so wishes may make a memorial donation directly to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AS T6G 1Z2 or Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1502 College Plaza, 8215-112 St., Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8 or the charity of choice.

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