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CATTON, Pamela Anne
November 28, 1953 - December 23, 2014
Dr. Pamela Catton died peacefully on December 23, 2014 at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 36 years and the love of her life, Dr. Stephen Witchell, as well as a very large immediate and extended family. Her death followed a very courageous struggle with the same disease she spent her entire professional career treating and researching, as well as striving to improve both the outcomes and effects of treatment for countless others. Pamela was a Radiation Oncologist and the daughter of a Radiation Oncologist. She was also a professor, researcher, teacher, mentor and internationally acclaimed educator. Above all she was a skilled and compassionate physician and she clearly recognized and taught that those qualities must lie at the heart of all successful academic endeavors. She was especially passionate about developing and promoting the talents of all the interdisciplinary Radiation Oncology team members and it is now the norm to see interdisciplinary Radiotherapy care that includes advanced practice Therapists, Therapist scientists and educators. Her legacy includes the trailblazing ELLICSR: Health, Wellness, and Cancer Survivorship Centre to which she applied her boundless energy, enthusiasm and organizational skills to help found and make a success. Her proudest achievement however was her second family of students and junior colleagues, who she taught, mentored and inspired and who in turn relocated nationally and internationally to develop successful research programs and take on leadership roles of their own. To those who knew her best, Pam was much more than a visionary leader in the medical community. She was courageous and compassionate to those who needed help. She was devoted and fiercely loyal to anyone she considered family: her parents, her husband, her brothers and sisters, her nephews and nieces, and her close friends. She was outrageous, creative, and fun-loving. But above all she was totally unique. She loved to go against the grain, she dared to be different, and she lived her life unapologetically true to herself. There could be no words that could properly express the profound sense of loss we feel at her passing. We love you deeply and we will miss you profoundly. Special thanks go to Drs. Ida Ackerman and Gillian Thomas at Odette Cancer Centre; Drs. Mary Gospodarowicz, Drew Hope, Amit Oza, Gary Rodin, Breffni Hannon and the Staff of 16P at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. A private family service has taken place. Arrangements under the direction of HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGING CHAPEL. Tribute donations should be directed to The Canadian Radiation Oncology Foundation/Fondation Canadienne de Radio-Oncologie (CROF/FCRO) established partly to help promote the career of Radiation Oncology amongst young physicians at Links/CROF/CROF_Donation_Options.htm or the Toronto Humane Society. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through
Humphrey Funeral Home
A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel

Published in National Post on Dec. 29, 2014.
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December 14, 2016
You are always on my mind, I slowly bearing the emptiness that you've left on us. I miss you very are my friend, and my guide thought-out those years we've been together.
Thang Guite
June 3, 2015
I learned just last week of Dr. Catton's passing and was deeply dismayed and saddened. As a patient I had the tremendous privilege of meeting Dr. Catton in September 2011 shortly after she broke her leg. Her warmth, empathy, humanity and wonderful communication skills were immediately apparent and we enjoyed a great rapport. Dr. Catton guided me expertly through my course of cancer treatment and also took time to share her own feelings on her recovery from injury. I always looked forward to our appointments and the lively and informative exchanges. I have read about Dr. Catton's tremendous contributions to patient care and wellness through the establishment of ELLICSR, her dedication to physician mentorship, her development of Radiation Therapists programs. The extensive and very long list of her professional achievements is awe inspiring. My heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Dr. Catton's family, friends and colleagues. She was a wonderful woman and physician will be deeply missed.
Debra Gellman
April 1, 2015
To the Catton family,her doggies, friends and collegues ,her patients, her students and everyone who knew and adored Dr Pamela Catton my deepest & heartfelt sympathy. I was a patient of hers at PMH and am eternally grateful for her care and compassion. She will forever be remebered as the most kind and empathetic doctor on my cancer journey. God grant her eternal peace and let perpetual light shine upon her. Dr Catton shall always be in our hearts and her legacy will live on in each of the live's she touched. God Bless you all.
Marisa Reggimenti
February 6, 2015
Pam, I cannot believe you are gone, sympathy to all family, Charles, Debbie, Jane, Andrew, Jimmie. You followed in your family footsteps and have made a big impact on the world we live in. You will be missed
Carol Anderson
January 29, 2015
Charles,Debbie, Jane, and the Ottawa Cattons - I had the pleasure to work with Pam as she spent a summer or two at the Ottawa Cancer Clinic while going to university. She was a delight to be with and everyone loved her. I was impressed and amazed at her accomplishments since her early years, and proud to have known her for just a little while. My condolences to Steve and to all your families on your great loss.
January 19, 2015
I am so saddened to learn of Dr. Catton's passing. She was my doctor while I went through radiation treatment and she was a warm, caring, wonderful woman. My condolences to the family and colleagues she has left behind, and all of the patients whose lives she touched with her passion and care.
Susan Hardy
January 14, 2015
Pam was an unforgettable person! I wish I could have known her longer.

Mary Seeman
January 6, 2015
Pam was so wonderful to work with, a great clinician and teacher. May her memory be a blessing.
Miriam Sweet Goldstein
January 5, 2015
will miss her greatly
Ralph George
January 3, 2015
Sincere condolences. She's a wonderful and fun loving doctor to work with. I know how it feels, I just lost my husband a month ago.
Julie Muller
December 30, 2014
Our lives are richer for having known you...we will miss you Pam and love you always ?..your legacy will continue and we will forever aspire to make proud...everything we do I will always have a part of you at the core!
Angela Dosis
December 30, 2014
Words cannot express the sadness that this wonderful mentor and beautiful friend is gone. She was brilliant, outrageous and a truly unique soul. I will miss her deeply.
My love to Stephen, all the family, and all the colleagues Pam loved so much.
Chandra Martens
December 30, 2014
Andrew, and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sincere condolences, Eira Macdonell
December 29, 2014
Pam will be missed by everyone as she was a wonderful person, a great physician ,my mentor for survivorship care .Heart felt condolences, May God give strength to the family to deal with the loss of this great lady
I will miss Pam, our conversations at the breast clinic at SMH.Pam you are very courageous and may you rest in peace AMEN
Rashida Haq
December 29, 2014
I won't ever forget you and have always been so proud to be your brother.

Say strong Steve. Love you Pammie.
Andrew Catton
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