Former Greenport resident George Ace Cottral passed away June 21, 2015, at his home in Apple Valley, Calif., surrounded by family. He was 75.
Ace was born July 10, 1939, in Nashville, Tenn. to Anna and George Cottral and lived in Michigan before moving to Greenport with his family. He graduated from Greenport High School in 1957.
Ace served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s and early 1960s, where he learned histotechnology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Columbia University and from 1963 to 1978, continued his career in histology and research.
Ace returned to Greenport in 1978 after marrying Carolyn. He worked for Port of Egypt fishing station in Southold and became co-owner of C&L Realty, Inc. He later became owner of Pleasures of the Sea, Inc. and Ace’s Toy Chest in Greenport. In 1998, Ace and his family moved to Livermore, Calif., where he continued to operate other retail establishments.
Ace had a “strong entrepreneurial spirit” and was an avid birdwatcher and bird photographer, who enjoyed reading, fishing, golf, his community and spending time with family, friends and his dog, Jack.
Ace is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn; their daughter, Nicole Cutright; his son, Steven and daughter Constance Person from a previous marriage; his two sisters, Kae Lieblein and Nancy Mazzaferro; nine grandchildren; two-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ace’s life will take place at a later date and time.
Donations may be made to American Cancer Society.
This is a paid notice.