Canadian Medical Association

Cowansville, Que.; McGill University, 1971; general practice; member, Order of Canada. Died Aug. 26, 2019, aged 74. Survived by his wife Janie, 2 children and 1 grandchild. “As a young McGill graduate, he started at the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Hospital (BMP) in Cowansville in 1972. He not only saw patients but also became involved in running the hospital. He served as chief of medicine at the BMP for 25 years, as well as president of its foundation. Dr. Barakett was passionate about medicine and was a tireless fundraiser for the hospital and the clinic he helped start in Knowlton. He took a special interest in people with addictions, at first mostly alcoholism but of late opioids. He was keenly interested in pain management. He worked at the Butters Foundation, which is for people with intellectual disabilities, and was medical adviser to Dunham House, a treatment centre in West Brome. Dr. Barakett was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2002. The citation said, in part: “William Barakett is known as a family doctor who goes beyond the call of duty. … A former leader in numerous professional organizations, he is a model of dedication and caring for young general practitioners.” A former patient wrote: “I was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Barakett. He helped me in my journey of recovery 3 years ago. He went above and beyond in helping me. I will forever be grateful for his kindness, his compassion and the hope he gave me.”

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