Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1951; anesthesiology. Died April 19, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 5 children and 8 grandchildren. “Concerned about the lack of opportunities in Scotland, he moved to Newfoundland in 1957 and became the doctor in St. Joseph’s, Salmonier, St. Mary’s Bay for 4 years. Life was quiet, so Jim taught the local children acrobatics. He and Lucila also taught them singing and Scottish country dancing in the evenings. After contracting rheumatic fever, Jim put aside the demands of general practice and moved the family to Montréal, where he earned his fellowship in anesthesia. They then moved back to Newfoundland, then St. Catharines, Ont., and finally settled in Ottawa in 1968, where Jim happily returned to general practice. He was also invited to be a coroner, a job he did faithfully for 29 years. Jim loved his work and his patients, and many loved and respected him. He was a dedicated doctor who made house calls and delivered babies at home. Jim was particularly delighted when he was able to bring new life into the world. He retired, a bit reluctantly, in 2014, at age 86.”

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