Jacob's Ladder: People...You Are The Reason I Am...
Robert Howard Cotton was born on the 29th June 1958 in Manchester. His father was a regular soldier and from the age of three, until he was sixteen, he attended various schools, from infant school in Malaya, junior schools in Barnard Castle and Germany, through to senior school in Devises, finishing with Boarding school in Germany.
When his father left the army, the family settled in Bristol. Robert had various jobs plus periods of unemployment until he went to work at Rednock School, in Dursley, Gloucestershire, as a caretaker.
He met his wife Angela and they married on 2nd July 1994. He took an interest in his local community and people's welfare and sat on the Town and District Council. He also sat on and chaired various committees, within the trade union called, Unison. In his spare time he enjoyed going to support his football team, West Ham United. He also took a great interest in politics.
The India Friendship Club has established links with other schools and schoolchildren in India. The 'Bob Cotton School' has been named after him. A lasting link, not only with the school he loved but also with a school whose pupils do not have the benefits that our children have in this country.
Bob lost his life in the October 1999 Paddington rail disaster. He left instructions that, should he die, money raised at his funeral should be donated to the India Friendship Club at Rednock School.
The Bob Cotton Junior school is located in the village of Kollur in Andhra Pradesh, about 40 miles from the southern city of Hyderabad.
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