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The family of Tyler James Cottam announce with heavy hearts his tragic passing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Tyler was born Aug. 15, 1989, the first child to Harvey and Joanne Cottam (nee Lucas) of Nestor Falls, Ont. He was the best big brother ever to Darrin, Kaitlyn, and Scott.

He was always going to have the biggest truck, and loved taking things apart and putting them back together again. He was his Dad’s Best Buddy and his Grandpa’s Sidekick.

Tyler’s lasting gift was his ability to not judge; he looked past the things in people that would keep others away. His latest rescue was “Cheyenne,” his black lab-husky cross, which he named after his latest project “the Truck.”

His dream was to be a teacher, and he was so proud to be a student at Confederation College studying Early Childhood Education. Tyler loved kids, and would have been a wonderful influence in children’s lives.

His passion in life included flying, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and hockey, especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tyler was known for his hip-check and had the hardest slapshot around.

Tyler‘s love of music and his guitar was developed and nurtured by his Grandpa, and he carried that on in his serenading Rachel and guitar jam sessions with Darrin.

Left to grieve are his parents, Harvey and Joanne Cottam, and Tyler’s two brothers and sister, Darrin, Scott, and Kaitlyn, all of Nestor Falls, Ont.; the love of his life, Rachel Dutton, who will always be a part of our family; his paternal grandparents, Stan and Judy Cottam of Nestor Falls, Ont.; his paternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Widgren; his aunts and uncles, Janet and Tom Cusker, Claudia and Bob Schmidt, Harold and Lois Lucas, Kenny and Debbie Lucas, Colleen and Ian Birt, and Keith and Tracy Cottam; and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Helen and Harold “Pop Pop” Lucas; his paternal great-grandfather, Telford Widgren; and paternal great-grandmother, Elsie Cottam.

Cremation has taken place at the Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.

A celebration of Tyler’s life was held Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre in Fort Frances, Ont, with United Church Minister Peggy Mason officiating.

A reception for family and friends was held at the Townshend Theatre following the service.

The honourary pallbearers were Clint Brown, Tyler Brown, Terry Carmody, Darrin Cottam, Scott Cottam, Cameron Cuadros, Paul Dobransky, Aarron Kadikoff, Brent Lindberg, Kyle Miller, Erik Olson, T.J. Roen, Mitch Seguin, Travis Showalter, Matthew Smith, Matthew Swift, Danny Usiski, and Shawn Whalen, and all of Tyler’s friends who touched his heart.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Tyler Cottam Memorial Fund c/o the Lakewood Credit Union, Box 469, Nestor Falls, Ont., P0X 1K0 or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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