ROCKLAND — Robert J. Cottrell, 64, of Rockland, died peacefully July 25, 2022, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, after a six year battle with lung cancer.

Robert was born Nov. 29, 1957, in Rockland, the son of Leroy and Gladys (Jordan) Cottrell. He grew up in the “Keag” and attended Guilford Butler School, and was in the class of 1977 at Rockland District High School. He entered the Marines in 1982.

He began working as a young teen, lobstering in the Keag River, and in later years, worked for Atwood Lobsters, painted houses, delivered pizza, and began clamming until his illness.

He was a self-taught guitarist. He played in a few bands, the last being Hardware. He also wrote the lyrics to “Out On Thunder Island.” Jay Ferguson sang the song, which became a hit.

Robert had a deep love of the water, music and animals. A very quiet and kind man.

Robert was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Gladys; and his sisters, Linda Cottrell and Lisa Simmons Cottrell.
He is survived by his sister Cathy Blake and her partner, Ken Hagen; cousins, Larry and Eileen Dallas from Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and special friends. Also, his feline companion, Abbey.

A get-together is planned for September at the family cottage. Donations may be made in his memory at the Pope Memorial Human Society.