Cyclist killed in crash was artist and ex-teacher

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A cyclist who lay unidentified in a mortuary for days was named this week as a retired teacher and artist.

Malcolm Cottam, aged 55, of Norton Park Crescent, Norton, was killed in a crash on the Dronfield bypass.

Mr Cottam, who taught humanities for 33 years, was also a key member of the British Trust Conservation Volunteers, and won the charity’s ‘Carbon Army’ award, which recognised community champions.

He used to work two days a week for the charity, on activities including scrub clearance, laying turf and meadow creation. Mr Cottam was also a keen artist who worked with glass.

In May he invited visitors to see him at work as part of the Open Up Sheffield event.

Mr Cottam was cycling along the southbound carriageway of the A61 at 3.20pm on July 31 when he was involved in a collision with a Citroen C3, suffering fatal head injuries.

He was identified by members of the public who suggested his name online. The coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected to take place.