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ANTHONY MILES COTTON (published on October 25, 2010)



DR. ANTHONY MILES COTTON Surrounded by his family, Tony Cotton passed away at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg on October 23, 2010. He is survived by his wife Gillian Cotton (nee Brown), his children Jeremy (Kathy Auvinen) of Ottawa, Joanna (Ren Wiebe) of Toronto, and Simon (Vashti Singh) of Vancouver, his grandchildren Hannah, Jack, Sam and Sophie, his brother David (Julie), their children, Nicola and Vanessa, and granddaughter, Emily of Harpenden, England. Predeceased by his parents, Ed and Adah Cotton of Cockfosters, England. He was born in London, England on August 30, 1936 and attended Enfield Grammar School and King's College, London. He graduated from King's College Hospital, University of London as a medical doctor in 1959. It was during his internship at King's that he met the love of his life, Gillian Brown, an Registered Nurse on the orthopedic ward. After three years at King's and various hospitals in Surrey and Sussex, gaining experience in a wide range of specialties, Tony and Gill moved to Miami, Florida where Tony did a year of residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Gill worked in a private hospital. In search of adventure and independence, they spent a year in Hanna, Alberta where Tony began his career in General Practice. This was followed by ten years in The Pas, Manitoba where Tony co-founded the Associate Medical Clinic and worked at St. Anthony's Hospital which serviced much of the community north of the 53rd parallel. During this time, his practice established clinics in Lynn Lake, Gillam, and Norway House, along with a fly-in service to many remote communities throughout the province. In 1973, the family moved to Winnipeg where Tony co-founded and built the Charleswood Medical Clinic and was on staff at the Grace Hospital. After 25 years, he retired from the clinic, although he continued to keep active as a surgical assistant at the Grace until very recently. Tony possessed a lifelong interest in tennis and played and competed at many levels. He has been a member of The Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club, the Winnipeg Winter Club, and most recently, the Taylor Tennis Club. Many memorable family holidays were spent in Barbados and Naples, Florida over the years where great friendships were built. The family would like to thank Dr. Pat Harris. The wonderful and caring staff on 4 South at the Grace were a great comfort to him and his family as he was surrounded by nurses who had known and worked with him for many years. Also many thanks for the ongoing support of his good friends, both near and far. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Parish Church of St. Luke (Stradbrook and Nassau) at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 28. If lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grace Hospital Foundation or the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.


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