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Patrick William Cottini

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Patrick William Cottini Obituary
PATRICK WILLIAM COTTINI Patrick William Cottini of Chico, CA passed away from Cancer on August 12, 2018 at his home in Chico with his family by his side. He was born June 11, 1972 in Chico, CA. He attended school at MIQ in Lemoore, Quincy and Pioneer Elementary, and Quincy High School. He was an avid cyclist, skier, soccer player and distance runner when he was younger. As a junior athlete he competed in numerous road races and worked his way up to a class B rider. When he turned 15 he was in a serious cycling accident leaving him a quadriplegic. He continued to compete as a Jr. Disabled Athlete and in his senior year was named the MVP Jr. Athlete of the year in the USA. He was recruited by the University of Illinois for their Track and Quad Rugby programs. He earned his Bachelors Degree and two Masters Degrees (Rehab Administration and Rehab Counseling). Additionally he earned a Masters at CSU Chico in Kinesiology. He was an exceptional athlete competing in 38 marathons, competed in World Games in Wilkes-Berry, England, Berlin, Germany and Sidney, Australia, winning numerous metals. He also competed in the Paralympics in Atlanta, Georgia winning two bronze metals in the 5000 meters and the marathon. He loved to Hand Cycle and competed in this year's Wild Flower in Chico doing 65 miles. He had a passion for classic autos which was a result of him and his father restoring a 1956 Chevy 210 Del Rey. Patrick also modified a Can-Am Spyder so he could ride to rallies with his father. He was an inspiration for all who became his friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Constance. He is survived by his father, William J. Cottini and his sister Christina M. Persinger of Vacaville, his Aunt Patsy and Uncle Stan Amacher of Cameron Park, his Aunt Diana and Uncle Charles Callsen of Stayton, Oregon, his Aunt Jenney Gilligan of Cameron Park, his niece Julia Marie Persinger of Vacaville. Close friends Gary and Betty Ozunas of Ridge Crest, Rod and Sue Jones of Minden, NV, Jack and Katie Azvedo of Durham and Diane Fossum of Chico, Mike and Sue Nesbit of Quincy, Jerry and Elsa Thomas of Quincy, Clay and Janet Johnson of Quincy. A memorial service will be held at the Catholic Church in Quincy on Saturday, September 22nd at 1 pm with a reception following at the Parish Hall. A special thanks for all that helped care for Patrick at the end of his journey: Lori, Angelyn, Sherrie, Lily, Roby, Mark and the Hospice Staff. If you wish to make a donation in Patrick's memory please send them to: Chester Elks Lodge % Wheel Around Lake Almanor P.O. BOX 1329 Chester, CA 96020-1329
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Sept. 14 to Sept. 19, 2018
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