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Michael Joseph Cotta

04/18/1969 - 10/17/2023


Obituary For Michael Joseph Cotta

Michael Joseph Cotta, 54, of Warwick formerly of Bristol, died Tuesday October 17,2023 surrounded by his loving family at Hope Health Hospice in Providence. Michael fought a long and courageous battle against Bladder Cancer. He was the companion of Patricia (Viau) Frenche.

Born in Providence Rhode Island, he was the son of both the late Manuel N. Cotta,Jr and Carol-Ann (O’Gara) Cotta.

Michael was a graduate of Bristol High School Class of 1987. He was an employee of various auto car dealerships with his last employment being Fox Toyota and retiring in 2009 due to an illness.

He enjoyed music, video games, spending time with family and his coffee milk snack. He loved his weekly visits to Newport Creamery for a coffee Awful Awful. Michael had a love for animals as well as anything around or in the water. He was extremely adventurous and enjoyed traveling. He was an avid Patriots and Boston Bruins fan.

Michael is survived by his son Michael J.Cotta, Jr of Pawtucket and his sister Denise Cotta-Fontana and her husband Luigi Fontana of Bristol. He was the godfather and uncle of Christina M. Fontana of Bristol. In addition, he is survived by Sasha Viau of Pawtucket and Ryan Frenche of Warwick. Michael leaves many family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his furry companions, his dog “Cocoa-bear” and his cat “Pookies”.

Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, where the family will receive relatives and guests for Visitation on Wednesday from 4:30-7PM. A Funeral Service will be held at 9AM in Smith Funeral Home followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church 141 State St, Bristol. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol Rhode Island. For directions or tributes, please visit:


25 Oct


04:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Smith Funeral & Memorial Services 8 Schoolhouse Road Warren, RI 02885 Get Directions »
26 Oct


10:00 AM

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church 141 State Street Bristol, RI 02809-2228 Get Directions »
26 Oct


11:00 AM

St. Mary's Cemetery Chestnut Street Bristol, RI 02809 Get Directions »
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  • 10/26/2023

    Always and forever no matter what poohbear . I will carry you in my heart forever and always Love your Patricia

  • 10/25/2023

    Denise, Luigi and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We shared so many great memories in our youth. He will be missed by many. My sincere condolences, Ronnie

  • 10/25/2023

    Dear Denise and family Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May your many happy memories of your brother bring you peace and comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • 10/25/2023

    You are in our prayers during this difficult period. God bless you and continue to keep you strong. Frank and Louise Monti

  • 10/23/2023

    Denise, Luigi and Christina, Michael's suffering is over. May he now rest in peace. You have done all that's possible to help him, now he is reunited with your Mom and Dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 10/22/2023

    Denise and family Sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He is at peace and suffering and with your parents. In my prayers


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    Dawn Shanley sent Red and White Floor Basket for Michael Joseph Cotta - October 25, 2023

    Denise, Luigi, Christina and Michael Jr., Our sincerest condolences. May God's love and Grace be with you and your family during this difficult time. Love... Dawn, Tim and Joseph Shanley

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