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Bruce Cotter

Age: 63
Bruce Cotter, of East Hampton, lost his long battle with cancer on Sunday. He died at his home surrounded by his family.

Born on April 21, 1942 at Southampton Hospital to William James Cotter and Ethel Miller Cotter, Mr. Cotter grew up in East Hampton and graduated from East Hampton High School in 1960. He was a Vietnam-era veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964, including time spent traveling the globe on the destroyer the U.S.S. Waldron. After being discharged, he came back to East Hampton where he met and married Lynn Crowley of Bridgehampton in November 1966. They settled in East Hampton and had three children.

He was a volunteer with the Bridgehampton Ambulance, and in 1967 he was hired by the East Hampton Village Police Department. He moved through the ranks and retired as a Lieutenant in 1987. During his retirement he kept busy by caretaking and working private security.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his three children, Kelly Kenny of Astoria, Treacy Villante of Sagaponack, and Bruce T. Cotter of East Hampton; three grandchildren, Nicolas and Collin Villante and Caroline Kenny; his mother, Ethel; his brother, Brian of East Greenbush, and a nephew, Eric Cotter of Potter Hollow.

A graveside service was held earlier today. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to East End Hospice, American Legion Post 419, and the East Hampton Village PBA.
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