Canadian Medical Association

Cranbrook, BC; University of London (England), 1947; orthopedic surgery. Died Sept. 22, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his wife Joy, 4 children, 4 stepchildren, 7 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and many great grandchildren. “Des served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and had a distinguished army career from 1948-63 that resulted in his appointment to the Order of the British Empire and meeting the Queen. This led to one of his most memorable stories, in which the Queen asked him where he had served. Des responded: “You should know, you sent me there!” In 1969 he immigrated to British Columbia, and never looked back. He loved Canada, and practised in Cranbrook from 1973 to 1991. Following this he served as chief of staff at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital for another 5 years. Before retiring, he worked 5 more years as a consultant for the WCB.”

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