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 Post subject: Passing of a Legend
PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 6:48 am 
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It's With Great Sadness that I inform you of the passing of Phil Cotton over the weekend. Phil as many of you know has devoted his entire life to the canoeing community and most recently to the Wabakimi Project since 2004 when he founded the Wabakimi Project and the Friends of Wabakimi in 2014. Phil has accomplished his goals of mapping the entire Wabakimi Provincial Park and outlying areas in five sets of volumes. Volume 5 was just released for publication on March of 2018. He will be truly missed.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 7:11 am 
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This is sad news. Really sad :(

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sad news.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 9:21 am 
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Damn! That is a huge blow for the canoe community.


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PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 10:07 am 
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Very sad news, indeed! :(


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Sad news.
Enjoyed every bit of time I spent talking with him.


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I am very sad to hear that Phil has passed. I met him in Wabakimi in 2004 when he was with Little Red and two people from Toronto, who had a JRTerrier with them.They were working on the Flindt River and I think that was his first organized trip for the Wabakimi Project.

Later, I got involved with Phil on FMPlanning in the Wabakimi area as we tried to re-open and get protection for the canoe routes on the East side of the Park. We had many long and detailed conversations together.

Phil was a very smart, meticulous guy, who never let MNRF off the hook when he got involved with them over canoe route protection. Some of the battles went on for several years when MNRF tried to ignore Phil, hoping that he would go away. Until now, he never did go away. He won the last ongoing battle with them just late last year.

He will be missed by his son and daughter, and the canoeing community.

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PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 1:15 pm 
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Very sad.

Phil was truly a statesman for wilderness canoe tripping.

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Phil never stopped caring for Wabakimi

I'm flooded today with good memories..Its so hard and so inevitable that our canoe friends will pass.

He'd work on reviews of Forest Management Plans thoroughly and would ask for our input while we were on the trips. He never missed a detail.. He'd quiz me on what I thought of some of the items.. Embarrassing to admit that sometimes I had missed it!


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I really enjoyed chatting with Phil whenever we'd run into each other at various canoeing-related events. A very passionate man indeed.

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PostPosted: May 7th, 2018, 5:49 pm 
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It's very sad to hear of Phil's passing. His impact on Wabakimi cannot be overstated.


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Phil had many amazing qualities including a gift for storytelling that made all our evenings around a campfire interesting and funny. His natural abilities as a teacher taught many of us things we will use throughout life.
Few people ever create the kind of legacy he leaves behind - I think he deserved an Order of Canada for what he did.

On my first trip with him in ‘06 I challenged some of his practices such as why we had to carry two 5lb. axes when only one was ever in use-well he said we need the second one in case the first gets stuck!
He had an answer for everything and like every good boyscout he was always extremely well prepared. He had an infallible memory and a wealth of knowledge that is perhaps the greatest loss to this community.

His gift for getting people involved and making them feel included accomplished his dream of protecting Wabakimi all with a twinkle in his eye and a smile.

RIP Uncle Phil.


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What a record of service to the paddling community!
One of the greatest.
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PostPosted: May 8th, 2018, 10:04 am 
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Very sad!
I found out about it from Kevin Callan's Facebook page.
We will miss him. I met him a few time at the WCA Symposium.
RIP uncle Phil.........

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