In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Herbert Wright (Herb) Cotey


Electrical Artificer 4th Class, V71675, RCNVR


Born: 20 Jul 1924          Died: 26 Sep 2014


COTEY, Herbert Wright - was born in Toronto, Canada, on July 20, 1924. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII. After immigrating to California in 1957, Herb worked for AC Delco Batteries for many years, until his retirement in 1989.


Herbert Cotey died peacefully on September 26, 2014 from complications of Dementia/Alzheimer's, in Long Beach, California. We would like to thank the staff at Bixby Knolls Towers for their care and support during this time.


Herb was predeceased by his wife, Annette (Norton) Cotey; and his daughter, Laura Grace Cotey. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Duane) Arndt and Diane Carmain; son, David (Sally) Cotey; grandchildren, Michael Toney, Jeffrey Schaum and Amanda Cotey; and great-grandchildren, Trevor Toney, Chelsey Schaum and Dylan Schaum.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to a charity of your choice or to The Alzheimer's Association. (The Orange Country Register 02 Oct 2014)



Herb's brothers, Thomas Jardine Cotey and John Bruce Cotey also served in the RCNVR.



Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 22 Sep 1943 as an EA 4c, RCNVR.  Commenced Active Service 29 Sep 1943

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 Nov 1943 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

HMCS STAR - Drafted to STAR 28 Jan 1944 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 05 Jul 1944 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

* Rated EA 5C 02 Oct 1944

HMCS CLIFTON - Drafted to CLIFTON 02 Dec 1944 as an EA 5c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 25 Jun 1944 as an EA 5c, RCNVR

* Rated EA 4c 20 Jul 1944

HMCS RIVERTON - Drafted to RIVERTON 21 Sep 1945 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

HMCS PEREGRINE - Drafted to PEREGRINE 30 Nov 1945 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

HMCS YORK - Drafted to YORK 11 Dec 1945 as an EA 4c, RCNVR

* Demobilized 14 Dec 1945







(HC01) ERA Herb Cotey

(HC02) Certificate of Service (page 2)

(HC03) Form for volunteering for service in the Pacific war

(HC04) Authorization certificate for wearing the War Service Pin

(HC05) HMCS RIVERTON embroidered handkerchief



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