Canadian Medical Association

St. John’s; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1955; anesthesiology. Died June 23, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife Wendy, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. “John immigrated to Canada in 1957. He served as a surgical resident at St. John’s General Hospital and then went to St. Anthony, Nfld., to work for the Grenfell Mission. He then changed his focus to anesthesiology, as the need in northern Newfoundland was great, and [after completing his residency] he worked at the hospital in St. Anthony for over 35 years, both in anesthesiology and in developing the Critical Care Unit. John was one of the pioneers in the Newfoundland health care system, becoming the first physician in the province to ventilate premature babies. He also became of one of the province’s few pain specialists, and was heavily involved with the Memorial University of Newfoundland medical school and mentored many of its medical students and medical residents. During the latter days of his career he was granted an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial, as well as life memberships from both the Canadian Medical Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, in recognition of his dedication, compassion and service to the Newfoundland people.”

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