Canadian Medical Association

Campbell River, BC; University of London (St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, England), 1982; general surgery. Died Aug. 2, 2020, aged 63, following an accident. Survived by his father John and 5 siblings. An obituary submitted by his brother, Dr. Richard James, stated: “Dave’s family immigrated to Vancouver in 1973, as his father John had joined a family practice at Oakridge, but Dave stayed behind to attend his father’s alma mater in London, (where his mother and sister also nursed). After qualification he worked in England before being accepted into the surgical residency program at the University of British Columbia, enabling him to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a surgeon. This also allowed him to rejoin the rest of his immediate family in BC. He worked hard and played hard during his residency years, but couldn’t wait to branch out into the real world. After doing some locums on Vancouver Island he jumped at a chance to work in South Africa. There he gained valuable experience in hospitals large and small, enabling him to have the confidence to manage any surgical challenge. While in Cape Town he was made aware of a general surgery vacancy at Campbell River. Since he had already fallen in love with the island lifestyle during an earlier locum at Port McNeill, this was not a difficult decision, and thankfully his application was successful. He started work there in 1995, built many great relationships with colleagues and patients, and became a highly respected member of the community. He travelled to the north island for surgical consultations monthly. He also participated in a busy call schedule at Campbell River Hospital, where he was renowned for his compassion, great bedside manner and surgical expertise. There was still time for him to participate in volunteer work in Guatemala, where he performed surgery on the disadvantaged as part of a medical team. This work reminded him of his time in South Africa. Dave was always aware of how privileged we are here in the developed world.” A colleague wrote: “He will be sadly missed by all of Campbell River.”

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