This page dedicated to the memory of Roger A. Cota
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Roger A. Cota - President 2006-2012

Roger A. Cota, age 71 passed away on May 18, 2012 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. Roger was a minister in the local Methodist Church and was a retired English teacher at Sauquoit High School. He leaves behind one son and daughter in law Bruce and Mai Cota of Ithaca as well as a sister and four nephews.
Roger was best known to many in the rabbit world as District 7 Director, judge, friend and mentor. He became involved in rabbits in 1981 when he began breeding Mini Lops. In 1984 Roger founded and became President of the Mohawk Valley RBA. He was currently the Treasurer and Show Secretary and was very active in promoting their yearly show. Roger's additional involvements in the rabbit community were:

* Past president, editor of the first guidebook of the American Dwarf Hotot RC and first Sweepstake secretary. He was also editor of the Dwarf Hotot newsletter and Secretary/Treasurer for many years.
* Served as ARBA State Representative for 4 years in early 90's.
* President and Vice President of the New York Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association, 1986-1989.
* Roger was also President of the New York Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association from 2006 to the time of his passing in May 2012.
* 1987- Received his rabbit Registrars license.
* 1989 became an ARBA Licensed judge and traveled extensively judging 4-H shows, local and National shows along with many fairs throughout the year.
* Served as past president, secretary/treasurer and publicity director for the National Himalayan Club.
* Past Chairperson and member of the ARBA Resolutions Committee.
* Ballot Chairperson and member of the Silver Fox Rabbit Club.
* Roger also served as the ARBA District 7 Director until his resignation in 2011 due to health complications.

Roger's total dedication to our youth breeders will not soon be forgotten. He was convinced that District 7 had some wonderful youth breeders and he was committed to promoting youth programs and scholarships. His most recent endeavor was to encourage our district to send teams to ARBA convention. When our teams placed well last year in Indian,a Roger was ecstatic and was so looking forward to working with the teams for the 2012 Kansas Convention.

Roger was a fighter throughout his many recent health challenges. His determination to live and stay involved in the local rabbit community will be etched in our hearts forever. He will be sadly missed. Roger is interred at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Clinton NY next to his son Jeff.

Donations can be sent in Memory of Roger A. Cota to the New York Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association, c/o Deb Vecchio P.O. Box 33 Parish, NY 13131
Click here for Roger Cota 2007 District 7 candidacy.
A beautiful reflection of Roger's dedication to the rabbit hobby at all levels at that time.
Roger's excellent support for our District remained until his passing in May 2012.