Sunday, June 15, 2008

Vale Jim Cottnam

Sunday evening 15th June.

Sad news.

I have just received a call (5pm) from David Cottnam telling me of the death of his father Jim - an old stalwart piper and bass drummer in our band, and composer of the tune "Blairbegg" which has been continuously in our repertoire for many years.

He died on Saturday morning at 2.45 am. He was 66 years old.

The above picture shows Jim in 1983 with his wife (Pat) and family.

Jim was a native of Ayrshire in Scotland. His sons, Colin and David, played pipes in our band, and his other son, Robert, played drums.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I have passed on the condolences of our band members, and we will have at least a couple of pipers at the funeral on Thursday.

Old Angus


Tanundapiper said...

This is very sad. Jim and I were learners together. I can well remember sitting around the table at the Elizabeth East Kindy, on the tiny seats with our knees up around our ears trying to master the practice chanter. I enjoyed Jim's company in the band and always felt that when the band got back together it wasn't the same without him. He will be remembered fondly.
- Peter

Anonymous said...

Jim was one of the best bandsmen we had --- as a piper, composer, bass drummer and for many years the bands president.

Its a pity that very few of the current members knew him