Canadian Medical Association

Windsor, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1955; general surgery. Died May 12, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Dr. Berta McKay, 6 children, 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 stepchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. “To pursue his goal of becoming a surgeon, Dr. John moved his young family to Detroit, where he completed a residency in general surgery. In 1962 he took over a family practice in LaSalle, Ont., and worked out of a home-based office for the first decade. Dr. John’s younger brother Michael joined the practice in 1965. Dr. John endeared himself to the community by practising a style of medicine rarely seen today: he spent time with patients, listened to their concerns and often made house calls. As a surgeon, he quickly earned a reputation for precision and speed, and was a recognized fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He later served as chief of surgery at Grace Hospital. In 2005, the Town of LaSalle recognized Dr. John and his brother, Dr. Mike, for 40-plus years of medical service. Dr. John retired from surgery in 2000 but continued to see patients well into his 80s, caring for a third generation of LaSalle families.”