December 8, 1942 - March 22, 2022
Raymond Douglas Cotton, of Arlington, Virginia passed away on March 22, 2022. He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty (Braun) Cotton and father, Sol Cotton and his niece Ellen Donofrio-Lenoir. Ray is survived by his children, Brandon Cotton, Joshua Cotton (Laura), Michelle C. Barr (Jeff) and Rachel Cotton; his siblings, Kenneth Cotton (Donna) and Judy Donofrio (Louis); his granddaughters, Juliette Barr and Scarlett Barr; and his nephew Brett Cotton, niece Tammy Jennings, and nephew Scott Donofrio. Ray grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey where he earned a BA in Psychology. Ray was the first person in the history of Harvard University to have earned degrees from both its law school (JD) and its graduate School of Public Health (MSPH). He was a loving father, son, brother, and friend, and was a successful lawyer for over 50 years. Ray was also an avid reader, a diner enthusiast and a news buff - he was known to read multiple papers cover-to-cover, daily and would often read the local papers thoroughly when traveling. He loved making friends and never knew a stranger. If you asked Ray, his greatest accomplishment wasn’t his legal legacy or his career; it was being a father. Ray had four children who he cherished above all else. That love grew to include Laura (his third daughter) after marrying Joshua and Jeff (his third son) after marrying Michelle. Ray and his best friend and fellow attorney, Joseph St. Veltri, would speak on the phone every Sunday. They had a favorite quote they would often discuss, when ruminating on the impermanence of life, from a poem by philosopher Omar Khayyam, "I came like Water, and like Wind I go." A graveside service will be held at King David Memorial Gardens (Hollywood Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043) on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made the Red Cross to support their humanitarian efforts. Ray would be honored for you to celebrate his life and honor his interest in current events impacting humanity with a donation.
Raymond Douglas Cotton, of Arlington, Virginia passed away on March 22, 2022. He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty (Braun) Cotton and father, Sol Cotton and his niece Ellen Donofrio-Lenoir. Ray is survived by his children, Brandon Cotton,... View Obituary & Service Information
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