Bottomley, Peter R. Scholarship Fund
One scholarship for an East Noble High School senior who has participated in 4 years of East Noble High School Band and is pursuing a 4 year degree in instrumental music education or performance with a minimum GPA of 3.00. For undergraduate study only. Of the two required written recommendations, one must be from Band Director. Essay question required on application: “Why are you pursuing a music degree and how music will help change people’s lives.” Awards $1,000 one-time. (cfnc).
Donor Fund Story:
Peter (Pete) R. Bottomley was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1957, he graduated from Pawtucket West High School and in 1966 he graduated from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. He received his Master’s degree from Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On June 17, 1961 he married Janet in New Bavaria, Ohio. Pete was blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
Jim Swartzlander, a former student of Mr. Bottomley, stated, “Peter Bottomley started his teaching career in Hicksville, Ohio and came to Kendallville in 1967. He assumed the position of band director at Kendallville Junior High School and assisted the East Noble High School band. In 1975, he became band director at East Noble High School.”
Pete had an infectious sense of humor and a great smile. He liked jazz, big band, and many other styles of music. His students say that he was a positive influence, dedicated, and disciplined. Pete just wanted to live life to the best of his ability and enjoy every minute of it. His favorite Bible passage is Psalm 23.
He not only taught his students about music, but he also wanted to educate them about life. He taught teamwork, leadership, giving 110% effort, respect, self-confidence, creativity, hard work, love of life, how to have fun, and so much more.
Pete appreciated Noble County because it was a great place to raise his family and he liked the small community. He also enjoyed the friendliness of the people in Noble County. He was the organist at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a Rotary member.
Judith McDonald, a fellow teacher, wrote, “Pete was one of my favorite people during my 13 years as the L.D. teacher at East Noble.” Dan Castle, a past student of Pete, wrote, “Pete was an incredible teacher and person as well.”