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CHARLTON – Kurt D. Cotto, 70, of Priscilla Lane, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2023, with his wife by his side. He lost his courageous 17-year battle with cancer.
He is survived by his best friend, travel companion, love of his life, and devoted wife of 44 years, Crystal L. (Angelo) Cotto of Charlton; his fishing partner and brother, Philip L. Cotto of Auburn; his sister, Carolyn Cotto of Iowa; his nieces, Kris T. Cotto of Charlton and Jennifer Wallace of Iowa; his nephew, Philip A. Cotto and his wife Shannon, and their son Owen of Iowa. He also leaves the Angelo clan, Aaron and his wife Jessica and their son Owen, Nick, David, Lindsey and her husband Dennis and twin boys Troy and Tristan, sister-in-law Wendy Angelo; brother-in-law Stephen R. Angelo; step mother-in-law Ethel Angelo, aunty Lee Brassard, and also many cousins; and his best friend from high school Gordon Bean.
He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Theresa M. (Leclair) Angelo; father-in-law, Stephen Angelo; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Angelo; and many aunts and uncles, especially Gordon Kemp with whom he enjoyed conversations and scratching lottery tickets).
Kurt was born on February 25, 1953, son of the late Philip C. and Rose (Pipitone) Cotto, and was raised in Oxford. He was a graduate of Oxford High School, Class of 1971. He worked for Iandoli Supermarkets for 13 years, and Nipmuc Liquors for 16 years. He started his business, KDC Landscape and Repairs part time in 1981 and full-time from 1999 through 2017. Early on in his business, he was helped greatly by Rob and Ralph Mulcahy, who were at his side for many years.
In late 2006 when Kurt was diagnosed with cancer, he was fortunate to have met what he called his extended family, Dr. David Shepro, N.P. Michele Proos, nurses Leigh, Brenda, Nancy, Amy, Kera, Jessica, and many others at the St. Vincent Cancer Clinic. Kurt’s hobbies were gardening (especially his vegetable garden), hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. Most of all, he enjoyed traveling out west to a great number of national parks.
The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, for the exceptional care given to him throughout his illness.
A private graveside service will be held at North Cemetery in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.
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