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June, 2018

Auger, Yvan, Longueuil, Que.; Université Laval, 1968; anesthesiology. Died Feb. 17, 2018, aged 73. Survived by his wife, Ruth Bouchard, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Berjat, Elizabeth V. (Vanessa), Rocky Mountain House, Alta.; McGill University, 2007; family medicine. Died April 2, 2018, aged 38. Survived by her life partner, Eric de Larminat. “Vanessa specialized in family medicine, with a keen focus on obstetrical care. She wanted to explore this great country, and worked in several communities throughout Western Canada. Attuned to the challenges of rural communities’ access to care, she completed the Enhanced Surgical Skills Program in Prince Albert, Sask. She and Eric eventually settled in Rocky Mountain House, where her passion for women’s health issues was amazing and her calm presence in the obstetrical suite made every birth a holy event. Her life commitment was larger than her local community. She was a strong advocate for the Enhanced Surgical Skills Program and played a very active role in furthering the advancement of its curriculum, participating and building ongoing mentorship programs with surgeons through the Rural Surgical Network in BC.” A patient wrote: “I found a heart of gold in Dr. Berjat.”

Bourbonnière, Gérald, Sainte-Thérèse, Que.; McGill University, 1949. Died March 1, 2018, aged 93. Survived by his wife Yvonne, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “We have missed our Dr. Bourbonnière ever since his retirement. With him, we always knew we were in good hands.”

Burran, Edward L., North Vancouver; University of Western Ontario, 1959; ophthalmology. Died May 12, 2018, aged 89.

Code, Thomas G., Brockville, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1957; family medicine. Died April 23, 2018, aged 85. Survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Crawshaw, Edwin D. (Doug), Riverview, NB; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1962; orthopedic surgery. Died May 4, 2018, aged 80. Survived by his wife Betty, 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. “After graduating in Scotland he completed his internship in St. John’s, and worked in general practice in Newfoundland and England before completing his residency in orthopedic surgery in Montréal. He then established his practice in Moncton, NB, where he was devoted to his patients at the Moncton Hospital for over 40 years.”

Delahaye, Donald J., Kingston, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1950; pediatrics. Died May 11, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Mabs Marie and his children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A colleague wrote: “Don and his father were giants in the world of pediatrics for many decades. A truly great role model, indeed.”

Falla, Michael V., Cambridge, Ont.; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1959; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 22, 2018, aged 89. Survived by 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Gershon, Sydney L., Toronto; University of Ottawa, 1966; internal medicine. Died April 30, 2018, aged 75. Survived by his wife Gerri, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “He was such a caring doctor.”

Hancock, Ronald J., Parksville, BC; University of Calgary, 1992. Died April 30, 2018, aged 58. Survived by his wife Karen and 2 children. “His dedication to his patients was deep and heartfelt.”

Harland, John H., Kelowna, BC; lieutenant (N), Royal Navy, WW II; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1949; anesthesiology. Died May 11, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife Janet, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “He immigrated to Kamloops, BC, in 1951, and worked as a family physician. Later he trained in anesthesiology and joined the Underhill Clinic in Kelowna in 1960, working as a general practitioner and as an anesthesiologist at the Kelowna General Hospital. After his retirement in 1986 John authored 5 books on maritime history. On April 10, 2017, he was presented with the SS Beaver Award by the Maritime Museum of BC, and was recognized for his internationally respected maritime publications that feature advanced knowledge about sailing-ship technology. He has donated his entire library of books to the Naval Marine Archive Canadian Collection in Picton, Ont.”

Hawk, Hubert E. (Pete), Vancouver; Dalhousie University, 1965; orthopedic surgery. Died April 13, 2018, aged 79. Survived by his wife Judy, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. “Pete received his fellowship in orthopedic surgery following residency training at the University of British Columbia. He enjoyed his orthopedic practice at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where he was known to his colleagues and patients as a caring, compassionate physician.”

Iwan, Stanley R., Waterloo, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1955; neurosurgery. Died April 2, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Stan trained as a general surgeon at Toronto Western Hospital before specializing in neurosurgery. His contributions to the medical community in Kitchener-Waterloo spanned more than 50 years. In addition to practising neurosurgery at both Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) and St. Mary’s hospitals, he was chief of surgery and held various executive positions on the Medical Advisory Committee at the KW Hospital, including president of the medical staff. During his time at the hospital he oversaw a significant increase in the size of and requirements for the medical staff. Throughout his career Stan was a leader committed to the care and success of his peers and his community.”

Johnson, Garth E., Ottawa; University of Manitoba, 1966; orthopedic surgery. Died May 8, 2018, aged 76. Survived by his wife Pat, 4 children, 2 stepchildren and 15 grandchildren. “After medical school he found his calling in orthopedics and pursued training in England, after which he took a staff position at the University of Manitoba in 1972. He moved to the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1992, where he served until his retirement in 2014. Dad was gifted with a kind heart and unparalleled clinical ability. However, even though he excelled in orthopedic trauma surgery and spine surgery, his greatest gift over his long career was as a teacher and mentor to many students and physicians.”

Konrad, Daniel B., Prince George, BC; University of British Columbia, 1958; ophthalmology. Died April 12, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Rosanna and his children and grandchildren.

Lythgoe, Colin, Ottawa; Oxford University (England), 1957; ophthalmology. Died April 24, 2018, aged 86. Survived by his wife Paddie, 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “He was a well-loved physician who practised ophthalmology in New Brunswick between 1973 and 2008.”

Maley, Garnet J., Milton, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1982. Died April 16, 2018, aged 65. Survived by his wife Diane and 2 children. “Garnet was a family doctor in Milton for over 31 years. He was a board member of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), chair of the Ontario Student Bursary Foundation and a member of the bilateral Physician Services Committee. He was an instrumental supporter of primary care reform initiatives at the OMA, where he served as chair of the Section of Group Practice. He was a founding member and lead physician on the Prime Care Family Health Team in Milton, and an adjunct professor of medicine at Queen’s University. He received the OMA’s Life Membership Award in recognition of his contributions to the association and the physicians of Ontario. Garnet’s work brought improved health care delivery to millions of Ontarians.”

Marcotte, Émile, Montréal; Université Laval, 1958; internal medicine, cardiology. Died April 9, 2018, aged 86. Survived by 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “Dr. Marcotte practised in the West Island of Montréal until 1998, and then in the private sector until last June.”

Mathieson, Gordon, St. John’s; University of Aberdeen (Scotland), 1949; neuropathology. Died May 17, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Julia, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “After graduating, Gordon had a long career that involved both practising and teaching and spanned 50 years at the Banting Institute, McGill University, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Memorial University. He was a proud co-founder of the Canadian Association of Neuropathologists, and retired at age 79.”

McCallum, Roisin C., Burlington, Ont.; National University of Ireland (UCD), 1948; public health. Died April 25, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “When her husband, Dr. Alan McCallum, died in 1967, Roisin was widowed at age 43. With help from her physician colleagues in Kitchener-Waterloo, Roisin attained her Canadian medical licence, returned to practice and raised 5 children on her own. She practised public health at the Waterloo Regional Health Unit for 26 years, retiring as medical officer of health. She was esteemed by colleagues and staff for her quiet and steadfast competence, and loved by her family.”

Nimmo, John L., Nanaimo, BC; University of London (England), 1958. Died April 21, 2018, aged 84.

Noakes, John A. (Jack), Calgary; Queen’s University, 1945; captain, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; urology; past president, Medical Council of Canada and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Died April 12, 2018, aged 97. Survived by 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. “Jack was dedicated to advancing medicine, especially with regards to surgical urology, along with education, licensing and ongoing evaluation of doctors, and was past chairman of the National Committee on Medical Education, Licensure and Continuing Education. He was also proud to have served as president of the medical staff, director of the Department of Surgery and director of the Division of Urology at the Calgary General Hospital. Jack thoroughly enjoyed his role as a clinical professor of surgery and urology at the University of Calgary while maintaining his private practice.”

Olson, Norman E. (Eric, Doc O), Duncan, BC; University of Alberta, 1977. Died Jan. 27, 2018, aged 70. Survived by his wife Lacey, a son, his ex-wife Rita and their 2 children, and a granddaughter. “From humble beginnings as a rebel and high-school dropout, Eric was never afraid to chase his dreams, which culminated in his commencing a new career as an addiction medicine specialist at an age when most are considering retirement. In the years between, Eric became an accomplished chef before attending university and medical school in Alberta. He interned at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria and did a short stint at the Saanichton Peninsula Hospital in BC before moving to Lake Cowichan, BC. There he practised as a family doctor for many years, making house calls up until the day he retired. At the time of his passing, Eric held 31 years of sobriety. He managed this incredible feat by working it until it worked.”

Orlaw, Richard G. (Dick), Kelowna, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1965; psychiatry. Died May 10, 2018, aged 80. Survived by 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. “Dick was born and raised in Edmonton, and moved to Vancouver to attend UBC. He graduated with a BA and MD before practising psychiatry in Vancouver.”

Parisien, Richard S. (Dick), Cornwall, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1952. Died May 11, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Charlotte and his children, stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. “Dr. Parisien was a caring general practitioner who is remembered for bringing entire families into this world. He is remembered by his family as an old-school doctor who made house calls on weekends and evenings, and who for years held evening office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to his regular daily practice. He will also be remembered for building the Parisien Manor Nursing Home and managing it until his retirement. Parisien Manor continues today to care for our community’s elderly.”

Ravinsky, Ely, Toronto; Queen’s University, 1954; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 29, 2018, aged 92. Survived by his wife Rose and a son.

Raymond, Cyril, Brossard, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1961; general surgery. Died April 19, 2018, aged 86. Survived by his wife, Marcelle Landry, 2 sons, 4 grandchildren and a great-grandson. “Dr. Raymond was a surgeon at St-Luc Hospital in Montréal for more than 25 years.”

Santerre, Pierre, Québec, Que.; Université Laval, 1970; cardiology. Died March 15, 2018, aged 73. Survived by his wife, Ginette Jacob.

Scott, Donald J., Bridgewater, NS; University of Manitoba, 1961; diagnostic radiology; retired captain (N), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN); former medical officer, RCN, and flight surgeon, Royal Canadian Air Force; former commanding officer, Canadian Forces Hospital, Halifax; former chief of medical staff, South Shore Regional Hospital (SSRH), Bridgewater. Died April 26, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Karen, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. “While in the navy, Don received a Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct after a medical rescue at sea. After serving in the navy for 23 years, he retired in 1982 and moved to Bridgewater. He worked in radiology at Dawson Memorial Hospital, followed by the SSRH. He served many years as chief of radiology and spent 8 years on the Board of Management of SSRH. He retired for good in 2004.”

Seviour, George R., St. John’s; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1963. Died May 16, 2018, aged 92. Survived by his wife Alice, 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. “George began his impressive academic journey in his hometown of St. John’s before venturing to Nova Scotia to earn his degree in mechanical engineering. He brought his expertise to various mills, but after several years in the engineering field he bravely followed his heart and earned his medical degree. It was during the following 41 years of service as a family physician that his instinct of compassion could truly be felt by his community. Whether he was waking early to bring new life into the world or staying late to tend to a patient, his devotion was strongly valued by those around him until his retirement in 2005.”

Shaw, Walter M. (Bud), Oshawa, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1948; internal medicine, nuclear medicine. Died April 27, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. “Bud had a long and productive career as a physician. He was a partner at the Oshawa Clinic and was the first medical director of the Oshawa General Hospital’s (now Lakeridge Health) nuclear medicine laboratory. He was also the chief of medical staff at the Oshawa General Hospital from 1981 to 1986.”

Smith, Leonard, Toronto; University of Toronto, 1952; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 30, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Carol, 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Thurley, Michael, Oakville, Ont.; University of Leeds (England), 1965. Died April 30, 2018, aged 84.

Voyer, d’Argenson, Montréal; Université Laval, 1953; psychiatry. Died May 3, 2018, aged 92.

Williams, Malcolm, Kingston, Ont.; University of Sheffield (England), 1958; otolaryngology. Died April 23, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife Denny, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “While he was one of this country’s top ear surgeons, his first love (apart from Denny) was always music. It was this passion for music that he shared with Denny for almost 70 years, since their first meeting in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. They played music together throughout that time and later with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, where they were key members for over 30 years. Malcom continued to play his double bass in smaller ensembles until his death.”

Wilson, H. Priscilla, Banff, Alta.; University of London (England), 1954. Died April 12, 2018, aged 88.