Joshua "Jack" Cottingham West IV
Joshua “Jack” Cottingham West IV passed away in his home Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. He was born June 4, 1942 in Suffolk, VA and was a lifelong resident of his beloved town. He was predeceased by his parents Joshua C. West III and Frances H. West, sister, Sherwood Sackett, and grandson Mason Joshua West. He was a proud Marine and served five years in the Reserves. He exemplified the courage of a warrior in his 33 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He graduated from Old Dominion University and a KA Fraternity member. Jack retired from Merrill Lynch, founded Hampton Roads Financial, LLC with his son, and worked there until his passing.
Jack was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he served as teacher, a Vestry Member, and was three times Senior Warden. He was active in his community starting in the Suffolk Jaycee’s, coached for SYAA and started its’ basketball program. Jack was a third generation Rotarian with the Suffolk Rotary club, on the board of Tidewater Occupational Therapy, on the ODU Athletic board, and a member of the Suffolk Golf Association.
Jack was a lifelong sports enthusiast, playing football, basketball and tennis in high school. Jack enjoyed attending sporting events as well; especially Redskin games and ODU basketball. However, his first love was golf, playing when he had time and in local charity tournaments. Jack and Barbara loved being in Arnold Palmer’s “Arnie’s Army” at golf tournaments they attended. He especially loved to watch his children in their passions, cheering on his daughter at local horse shows and his son in football. Jack and Barbara also enjoyed playing tennis together and skiing with their children and their friends.
He is survived and adored by his wife and best friend of more than 50 years Barbara L. West, daughter Tara W. Allen (Kerry), son Joshua C. West V (Katie), two grandchildren Sarah and Cooper, his loving sister Ginger W. Owen (Bill); mother-in-law, Ethel Lewis, a devoted sister in law Mary L. Day (Richard) and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to thank the many friends that have supported him with visits and assisted Barbara and his children. Thank you as well to Personal Touch Skilled Nursing and Hospice staff, and the many Doctors and staff at Obici Hospital that knew him well.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 11 AM in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 213 North Main Street, Suffolk. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 West Washington Street, Suffolk. A burial will be private in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Suffolk Humane Society or the National MS Society. Online condolences may be registered at www.RWBakerFH.com
R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 West WASHINGTON STREET
Suffolk, VA 23434
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
213 North Main Street
Suffolk, VA 23434