It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of long time Parade Volunteer Daniel Cottingham. Dan passed away suddenly on October 23, 2020.
No one knows exactly when Dan joined our group of volunteers, but it was more than 25 years ago when the Parade was growing and the “Demarshalling Area” (the end of the parade) became chaotic and the police informed us that we had to manage the area. This was not a glamorous job, away from the limelight of the lineup area without all the press and publicity. Dan stood up and took on the job and has been doing it ever since. Dan not only took on the task but used his own resources to accomplish this task. He recruited his family and friends to assist him including his son William. If you ever got a ride in a golf cart between the lineup area and the end of the parade it was Dan or one of his crew who provided this service. No one on the committee really knows exactly what Dan did, we just knew that he got the job done in a professional manner. Dan also never missed “bagging” the parking meters the evening before the parade with his daughter Sara.
Dan was a true friend and supporter of the Parade. We don’t know how many calls we fielded from Dan in 2020 to try to find out what was happening with the Parade. And no one was more disappointed than Dan when the parade was cancelled. He loved the Reds and Opening Day even more.
Dan enjoyed living life to the fullest. Dan was also active in other volunteer activities. He was one of Cincinnati’s unsung heroes. He was truly a Greater Cincinnatian.
Dan will be truly missed, and we send our deepest sympathies to his wife Janet, his son William and his daughter Sara. May he rest in peace.