Edward “Ed” Franklin Cottengaim, age 73, died peacefully on July 23, 2020, at Brush Country Nursing & Rehabilitation in Austin, TX.
He was born on July 3, 1947 in St. Paul, MN to Raymond and Lucetta (Cornwell) Cottengaim. Ed was the second born of three children, Raymond Jr. being the oldest and Linda Sue the youngest. The trio were the best of friends, sometimes referred to as “The Three Musketeers.”
From a young age Ed brought love, light, and laughter to those around him. When reminiscing with his friends and family you will be met with a barrage of laugh-out-loud recollections of adventures with Ed. He was so fun to talk to with his unique perspectives and funny remarks. He was an amazing tour guide and could offer his visitors a plethora of information about the locations he shared with them. He gained his knowledge through his own research and in-depth conversations that he would strike up with the locals. He was very friendly and loved talking or listening to anyone that would give him the time. Ed was a true friend, always ready to help, above and beyond. He loved to spend his time finding “antiques,” most of which only he could find an appreciation for. He loved to show his treasures off and share them with everyone. Those that knew Ed know he was a one-of-a-kind guy who lived his life outside of the box. He found an appreciation for everything. Let us remember and appreciate him for the unique and incredible soul that he was, may he rest in peace.
Ed was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his brother, Raymond (Lisa) Cottengaim; sister, Linda Sue Philip; daughter Amy (Srinivas Nedunuri) Cottengaim; daughter Tricia (Joseph) Capraro; Grandsons, Rowan and Ian; Granddaughters, Dylon and Masyn; niece, Kimberly (Keith) Watson; Nephews, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Philip and Joseph (Gleydi) Cottengaim; 7 great-nephews and nieces; and many beloved friends.
While this unprecedented time prevents us from congregating in memoriam, an alternative celebration of remembrance will be held at a date and time, TBD. Family and friends are encouraged to attend to reminisce, laugh, lament, share condolences, or just chat.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” – Mahatma Gandhi