Canadian Medical Association

Thunder Bay, Ont.; University of Münster (West Germany), 1960; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Feb. 12, 2020, aged 84. Survived by his wife Verlie, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “After medical school in Germany and specialty training in the US and Canada, the family moved to Thunder Bay in 1968. There, Heiko joined the Port Arthur Clinic and spent the next 52 years caring for patients in and around Thunder Bay. He practised out of the Port Arthur General Hospital and St. Joseph’s General Hospital, where he was chief of obstetrics and gynecology for several years. Over his career, Heiko delivered thousands of babies, including numerous New Year’s babies and a set of triplets. He practised obstetrics for so long that he delivered many grandchildren of his original patients. In 2018, Heiko was recognized by the Ontario Medical Association for over 50 years of outstanding service. Heiko lived for his work, dedicating his life to his practice and his patients. He always said that he never wanted to retire, and he remained steadfast in his resolve, as he never did.”

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