City Grammar - Bernard Cotton - Obituary
29th. June 2004

Funeral of distinguished steel chief - 29th. June 2004

The funeral of former Master Cutler Bernard Cotton, 83, has taken place at Ranmoor Church.
Mr Cotton, former chairman and chief executive of the Samuel Osborn steel group, became Master Cutler in 1979.
Bernard Cotton was born in Sheffield, educated at Sheffield City Grammar School and studied metallurgy at Sheffield University. During the Second World War, he served in the York and Lancaster Regiment, surviving Dunkirk and going on to the Border Regiment of the 1st Airborne Division and was a gunnery officer in the Worcestershire Yeomanry and in the 6th Airborne Division. He took part in the landing across the Rhine by glider and served in India and Palestine.

After the War he joined Marsh Brothers in Sheffield, moving to the Round Oak steelworks in Worcestershire and London before joining Samuel Osborn in 1969 at the age of 49. He was general manager in Canada until 1963 when he returned to Sheffield to become sales director then took charge of Osborn's steel division, as well as its marketing and long-range forecasting operations. He became chairman and chief executive of Osborn's in 1969 and president after it was taken over by Aurora in 1978.

After his year as Master Cutler, Mr Cotton went on to own and run a steel forgings company in Manchester.
In 1985 he became chairman of the South Yorkshire residuary body which wound up the affairs of the county council. Mr Cotton was president of the Yorkshire and Humberside Development Association, chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside economic planning council and deputy chairman of governors of the then Sheffield City Polytechnic, chairman of the Health Service supply council and pro-chancellor of Sheffield University.
He was awarded a CBE in 1976 and became an honorary fellow of the polytechnic in 1980.