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'Father' of private hospital died surrounded by family and friends
The chief executive of the New Victoria Hospital has died in the hospital where he was the “heart and soul” for more than 30 years.
Charles Hutton died on September 29 at the age of 65. His death was not unexpected, but the speed of his decline after contracting cancer was a shock to colleagues.
His wife Barbara, who is head of the imaging department, said: “He was a great believer in making the New Vic part of the community, supporting the charity golf day for the Rotary Club, sponsoring the Rose Theatre and school sports days.
“He cared desperately about the New Vic. It was his baby and he cared passionately about giving patients quality care. He called his staff his family.”
All of his children worked at the hospital at one point, although one was “fired” from a job for not being up to scratch.
His role as head of the “New Vic family” even extended to playing Widow Twankey in the staff pantomime.
When he was in the hospital himself, he jokingly called the nurses his “smiling assassins”, but eventually followed their orders.
Barbara said: “He was larger than life and was an amazing mimic. He will be really missed.”
His PA Dorothy Cassidy said: “He died here at the New Victoria Hospital, which was where he had chosen to end his last few days.
“This was obviously a second home and he had been chief executive for 32 years. His wish was granted in that respect. He had his family around.
“It was incredibly emotional. There are a lot of staff who have worked here for 25 years.”
Hospital chairman Graham Bell said: “He was a larger than life character and always great fun to be with – you were never bored in his presence.
“He was kind, funny, compassionate and loving, articulate, erudite, but also wonderfully impatient and famously irascible on occasions.”
Mr Hutton, who was born on October 30, 1947, was described by colleagues as a colourful character.
A funeral service was held at St James Church, New Malden, on Friday, followed by a wake at Malden Golf Club. His family held a private cremation service.
He is survived by Barbara, his children Colin, Victoria, Lucy, his stepsons Andrew and James, his grandson George and granddaughters Eloise and Millie.
Work on the Charles Hutton wing of the hospital, an honour he was told about before he died, will begin next year.
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