Rob died peacefully last week after a short illness, surrounded by his family. We thank God for his life and honour a creative, provocative, imaginative, passionate evangelist who made a huge difference in this country and well beyond it, in the Methodist Church and well beyond it.
Rob Cotton writes:
Please see below letters from Jacqui, Chris and Andy Frost sharing their personal thoughts about Rob’s death. At this poignant time, it is good to know that they have God’s peace and can share with people such words of testimony.
I would like to ask you to pray for Rob’s family at this sad time, whilst we give thanks for the life of a friend and a great man of God. The family funeral will be on Friday 23rd November, which will then be followed by a Celebration of Rob’s life at Westminster Central Hall on January 12th.
My thanks for your prayerful support of Rob’s family in their time of loss.
Life is difficult!
Last week Rob and I had a lovely time in Devon, kicking up autumn leaves, eating roast dinners and sitting on sea-side benches … but for the last few days he was gradually getting weaker and began to feel sick and in pain.
On Wednesday night we drove back to London, by which time he was so poorly, we took him by ambulance to St George’s Hospital. For the last few days he has had the very best of treatment – Rob was telling the nurses and doctors how wonderful they were!
Sadly at 11.40am last night [Remembrance Sunday] Rob’s liver could no longer function and he passed into glory to be with Jesus. Andy and Jo, Chris and Jo and friends were all there as we prayed and loved him through into eternity. The registrar said how unusually peaceful his death was – a nurse comforted us with thoughts of paradise while another stood and cried – it was a holy time.
During our time in Devon Rob had repeatedly said that he did not want to live in pain but would prefer to go to heaven to be with His Father. We believe God granted him his wish.
On the last evening of Easter People this year Rob preached and as he left the platform he was sad that this would be the last Easter People … but he believed God said to him, ‘… you will not be here next year Rob’. We thank God for this preparation even though the knowledge has been difficult.
We thank you for your friendship and prayers – Rob has now received the ultimate healing. We know that our Heavenly Father loves us all and that He is holding us.
I know that God has taken my dad home, that He is sustaining and holding our family at this time, and though we feel much pain and loss he will never fail to give us everything we need.
It has been a privilege to be the son of Rob and to witness the depth of his faith through everything life had to throw at him; good and bad. Even as he faced death he knew it had no sting for him, he was more concerned about his family and ensuring that we knew we were his joy.
As hard as it was to be there in the last minute of his life it was such a precious moment to see him die with such peace and to experience God’s presence in our pain and tears; a nurse, probably breaking protocol, quoted verses of Gods unfailing love and assurance of heaven.
Thanks so much for all your love and prayers, they have been a real comfort.
Rob was a great Dad! But more than that he was also my mentor, my boss, my friend, my hero...
I thank God for the amazing memories that stem the 28 years. It will be strange not hearing his catch phrases and not having someone to dream and scheme with. I am so thankful that I had the chance to say goodbye. I will miss him immensely! He truly lived a life well lived - a man of God!
Rob was not afraid of death and right now he will be face to face with Jesus. The Grace that he lived out, the Grace he wrote and preached about, the Grace he shared… has now carried him to be with His Heavenly Father.
Rob and I have been working closely together on the Pentecost Festival and it will be a privilege to make this vision become reality one last time!
Thanks so much for your prayers and support. God is good!