Thomas X. Cotter, 91, of Worcester, MA also known as Sonny, Tom, Dad
and Papa, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, September
27, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Claire T. (Abrazinski) Cotter;
two brothers, William Cotter and Peter Cotter. He was predeceased by his
brother, Paul Cotter. He leaves 5 children and their spouses, Kathleen Cotter
of Quincy, MA., Thomas X. and Jennifer Cotter of Providence, RI., John Cotter
and Meaghan Barrett of Milton, MA., Beth Cotter of North Kingston, RI., Teresa
and Marc Tedesco of Natick, MA. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grand-
children and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Cotter was a 1952 Worcester University graduate. He taught briefly before
joining the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving at Fort Holabird in
Baltimore, MD where he was a black belt Judo Instructor. In 1958 he graduated
from the Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN. He received an MA. in Law
from Clark University, Worcester, MA. His passions were art, music, literature,
particularly political biographies and autobiographies. Mr. Cotter was well known
for his kindnesses and fair judgment as a practicing Lawyer, Public Defender,
Assistant District Attorney and finally as Clerk-Magistrate at the Westborough
District Court from 1981 until 2010. Tom wrote numerous letters to his children
and grandchildren as well as diaries from 1956 until 2020.
There will be a Calling Hour from 10:00 to 11:00 am and a Funeral Mass will
follow at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main Street,
Worcester, MA on Thursday, September 30, 2021. His burial will be at a later
date. Arrangements by Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors, Worcester,
Donations in his memory may be donated to V.A. Boston Healthcare System,
for mail donations: Attn: Voluntary Service (135), 150 South Hungtington Ave,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. In the memo portion of the check, please indicate
GPF#5075 and Respite Care Palliative Care. If applicable, please include “In
Memory” information, including who to notify of the donation on a separate
sheet of paper. For online donations, please go to http://www.boston.va.gov/
giving/index.asp and choose GPF 5075 Respite Care Palliative Care. Or to
Odd Fellows Home of Massachusetts, for mail donations: 104 Randolph Road,
Worcester, MA 01606. For online donations, please go to http://oddfellowshome.
com/make a donation.