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Bedford, NS; Bialystok University (Poland), 1979; family medicine. Died Aug. 16, 2021, aged 67. Survived by his wife Ewa, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. “Jozef touched the lives of countless families in his 42 years working as a doctor. In 1999 he began his 20-year career working as a family physician in Amherst, NS. ‘Dr. Z’ was beloved by many patients and did his best to care for the people in his community. In 2019 Jozef moved his practice to Lockview Medical Clinic in Lower Sackville, NS. He retired due to his cancer diagnosis in April 2021.”
Windsor, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1947; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Aug. 15, 2021, aged 97. Survived by his wife Louise, 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. “After medical school, John graduated from the University of Toronto’s very first class in obstetrics and gynecology. He practised in Windsor for most of his career, in partnership with Dr. Keith MacLeod (deceased, 2021). He delivered many thousands of babies, witnessing the miracle of life daily. He was on staff at all 3 Windsor hospitals, serving at the Metropolitan Hospital as chief of ob/gyn for 10 years and chief of staff for 2 years. He received the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) Glenn Sawyer Award for authoring the historical publication Essex County Medical Society 1914-1989: 75 Years of Dedication. He was a member of both the OMA and the Canadian Medical Association, and served on the boards of the North American Gynecological Society and Iona College.”
Schomberg, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1969; internal medicine. Died Aug. 7, 2021, aged 77. Survived by his wife Lisa, 2 children and 1 grandchild. “Bob started his medical career as a member of the Division of Internal Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he remained on staff for over 20 years. He then transitioned to a career as chief medical director at Crowne Life, Canada Life and RBC. Bob was a caring and devoted physician, an excellent teacher and generous with his time, and he always displayed a great sense of humour.”
Ottawa; Dalhousie University, 2016; resident, orthopedic surgery. Died following a brief illness Aug. 6, 2021, aged 39. Survived by 3 children and the mother of his children, Ashley Stewart. “Mike had a passion for helping others, and devoted his adult life to pursuing education that would allow him to do just that. He graduated with a chiropractic degree in 2010. After working for several years, he decided to return to university to obtain his medical degree. He then went on to specialize in orthopedic surgery. He recently passed his national exam and was looking forward to a fellowship in arthroplasty and sports injury.”
St. John’s; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1956; general practice. Died Aug. 5, 2021, aged 91. Survived by 3 children and his grandchildren. “He originally moved to Milwaukee, where he went on to a thoracic surgical residency. After much reflection, he left that area of practice and took his family to St. John’s in 1962, where he began his career in the treatment of tuberculosis at the St. John’s Sanatorium. In making the move, the Bautistas became the second Filipino family in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From 1965 until 1968 they returned to the United States, where Juanito worked primarily in the field of tuberculosis treatment, but they returned to St. John’s so he could resume working at the sanatorium as clinical director. The sanatorium was the main provincial TB referral hospital where patients would reside for an average of 6 months for TB treatment. When TB came under control, the province decided to close all sanatoriums in 1972, and Juanito moved to St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, where he worked on the Chest Unit, the last vestige of the old San, until his retirement in 1992, when it closed. During those 20 years he also became involved in teaching internal medicine and anesthesia residents during their respiratory rotations; his son Michael had the pleasure of working on that unit with him and Dr. Duncan Rice. Juanito was active in the Newfoundland Thoracic Society, the Newfoundland Lung Association and the Better Breathing Club, and was granted lifetime membership in the Newfoundland Lung Association in 1993.”
Scarborough, Ont.; National University of Colombia (Colombia), 1960; general practice. Died Aug. 2, 2021, aged 85.
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1966; family medicine. Died July 26, 2021, aged 80. Survived by his wife Donna, 4 children and 9 grandchildren. “Wayne was a dedicated and much-loved family physician at the Assiniboine Clinic and Grace Hospital in Winnipeg for 44 years.”
Saskatoon; University of Manitoba, 1951; diagnostic radiology; officer, Order of Canada; recipient, Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Died July 22, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Stuart achieved a degree of success in each of 3 distinct fields. After completing his medical degree he spent 8 years in general practice in Yorkton, Sask. He then specialized in radiology at the University of Saskatchewan, along with 1 year in Boston, where he pursued a particular interest in pediatric radiology. He returned to a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan, where he stayed for his professional career. He served a term as chair of the Department of Radiology, but particularly enjoyed his term as editor of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. He served on the council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was the only professor in the College of Medicine to have been named honorary president of the Student Medical Society 3 times. Stuart also maintained a lifelong commitment to ornithology, mainly expressed through the banding of birds. To 2014 he had had banded 150 283 individual birds of 211 species, with 3945 recoveries of 84 species (the highest number of species and 4 subspecies recovered by any Canadian bander). Over decades he cultivated an extraordinary network of people, mostly farmers, who notified him, for example, when they found an owl nest on their land. Equally remarkable was the army of both young and old who volunteered to climb trees to bird nests or chase down smelly young pelicans to band. He was also an active member of the Saskatoon and provincial natural history societies, and participated extensively in their activities. His work in ornithology included 4 books on Saskatchewan natural history and 311 articles in ornithology and natural history journals. It culminated in 2020 with the publication, with Frank Roy and Alan Smith, of the definitive book on the birds of Saskatchewan. He remained keenly involved in his most recent project, banding and wing-tagging turkey vultures, until his last year. His third concurrent career was as a historian, and his 13 other books all had historical subjects. Four described the observations of early Canadian explorer naturalists with the Franklin expedition, 2 were biographies of pioneer Saskatchewan doctors and 3, starting with Steps on the Road to Medicare, described Saskatchewan's early achievements in health care.”
St. John’s; Oxford University (England), 1955; general practice, public health. Died July 16, 2021, aged 92. Survived by 7 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “David served the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as chief medical health officer until his retirement in 1986. He will forever be remembered as the man who put vitamin C in Carnation Milk. A voracious and lifelong learner, David was master of ancient Greek and Latin, spoke French fluently, and dabbled in Russian and Arabic. To the continual horror of his children, he possessed zero fashion sense.”
Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; general practice. Died July 14, 2021, aged 92. Survived by his wife Hettie, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Qualicum Beach, BC; University of British Columbia, 1955; family medicine. Died July 13, 2021, aged 93. Survived by his wife Betty, 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren. “After medical school, Mel and Betty settled in the Cowichan Valley. Mel spent his career as a family physician in Duncan, BC, where he enjoyed his patients, colleagues and staff before retiring from practice in 1991.”
Peterborough, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1962; orthopedic surgery; past president, Ontario Medical Association (OMA); past member, Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Died July 12, 2021, aged 83. Survived by his wife Julie, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “A long-time orthopedic surgeon in Peterborough, Basil was active in the medical community in many roles. Besides a term as president of the OMA, he also served as chief of medical staff at Peterborough Civic and St. Joseph’s hospitals, and at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.”
Mississauga, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1963; general practice. Died of cancer July 10, 2021, aged 84. Survived by 4 daughters and 3 granddaughters. “Ben was born in Trinidad and went to medical school at Dalhousie. With a special interest in emergency medicine, surgery, obstetrics and family practice, he worked as an ER physician in Trinidad & Tobago for a year, and then returned to Canada. He joined the emergency and family medicine staff at the Queensway General Hospital in Toronto. He practised there and also held the positions of chief of family medicine (1974-84) and president of the medical staff (1986). He also served on the Board of Governors. While practising ER medicine, he maintained a family medicine practice on Brown’s Line, Toronto, until 2012, when he retired on account of his cancer. Ben loved practising medicine and cherished all his patients, colleagues, fellow staff and peers. They brought much happiness to his life.”
Cambridge, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1959; general practice. Died July 4, 2021, aged 88. Survived by his wife Marion, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. “Hugh was a caring and much-loved husband, a cherished father, grandfather and godfather, a well-respected doctor and a valued friend.”
Nelson, BC; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1962; family medicine. Died June 30, 2021, aged 84. Survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. “Mike practised medicine in Scotland and England before the great outdoors and beauty of British Columbia lured him to Canada, where Nelson became home.” A patient wrote: “He was the best, kindest doctor a person could ever have.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 2002; psychiatry. Died June 29, 2021, aged 44. Survived by her husband, Craig Roberts, and 2 daughters. “After attending UBC, Meg followed her dreams and pursued the most rewarding career she could have imagined. Her tenacity guided her through undergraduate and doctorate degrees, including studies at the University of Nottingham in England, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She became a consultation liaison psychiatrist, and throughout her career was an integral member of the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) and UBC departments of psychiatry. She won awards for teaching and education. At RCH she held leadership roles as regional division head for adult psychiatry, regional consultation liaison psychiatry lead, and post-graduate psychiatry education director. She also played a key role in the development and growth of the Fraser Track Psychiatry Residency Program. Meg believed in the importance of doing good work, and working to live.”
Garibaldi Highlands, BC; McGill University, 1969; family medicine. Died June 26, 2021, aged 78. Survived by 2 children and a grandchild. “He settled in Squamish, BC, in 1974, and served the town tirelessly as a family physician at the Squamish Medical Clinic and as a surgeon at Squamish General Hospital. He retired in 2016.”
Hamilton; McMaster University, 1996; family medicine. Died June 25, 2021, aged 57. Survived by her partner, Phil Rose, and her siblings. “Ainsley was a force to be reckoned with on issues of gender and racial equality in the medical field and beyond. She was a champion for friends and family, and for colleagues and peers, but most importantly she was a champion for the exploited and marginalized. She did her advocacy work not through hashtags on social media, but rather through her teachings as a professor and researcher at McMaster University. This advocacy included, and was complemented by, an extensive list of published and peer-reviewed journal articles. As vice-chair, then chair-elect, Ainsley was poised to assume leadership of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, shaping policies and screening procedures, with an emphasis on women’s health. As a practitioner and proprietor of Canada’s largest independent women’s clinics, including Mississauga Women’s Clinic, Hamilton Women’s Clinic and the Canadian Women’s Clinic, [she employed] evidence-based medicine and care for women’s health and women’s rights. At the Stone Church Family Health Centre at McMaster University, she practised family medicine with care and compassion for her patients, while also guiding the next generation of family doctors. Ainsley was a scholar, an academic, an educator and an extraordinarily talented practitioner. She made everyone who knew her proud.”
Brossard, PQ; Université Laval, 1951; neurosurgery. Died June 24, 2021, aged 97. Survived by his wife, Gisèle Lamothe, 4 children, 5 grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. “After training in neurosurgery at Yale University, he practised in Québec until 1968, when he left to found the Department of Neurosurgery at the Université de Sherbrooke. He passed on to his students and residents a tradition of excellence.”
St. John’s; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1988; anesthesiology. Died of cancer June 23, 2021, aged 60. Survived by his wife, Janine Evans, and 4 children. “David grew up in downtown St. John’s, and loved to tell stories about his childhood on Duckworth Street. From a very young age he set his heart on becoming a physician, and through an unparalleled work ethic he made that dream a reality. After graduating from medical school, David went on to pursue an esteemed and respected career as an anesthesiologist, spending most of his professional tenure at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. He was deeply passionate about his job, patients and highly valued work family.”
Red Deer, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1972; emergency medicine. Died June 23, 2021, aged 72. Survived by his wife Marlene, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “Before retiring in 2019, Randy practised emergency medicine for 47 years at the Rockyview and Holy Cross hospitals in Calgary, and then at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. He was instrumental in establishing a full-time Emergency Department in Red Deer, with colleagues that became lifelong friends, and also served as chief of staff for many years for Red Deer’s emergency physicians.”
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1991; internal medicine. Died following a sudden vascular event June 19, 2021, aged 53. Survived by his wife, Heather-Jane, and 3 children. “In his practice, Dick cared for the whole patient. He created an exercise clinic so that patients and their families could work out together, and organized Lion and Chinese dance performances for long-term care patients.”
Napanee, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1960; general pathology. Died June 14, 2021, aged 84, of complications following a heart attack. Survived by his wife Gwen, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “After graduating from Queen’s, Bob worked as a pathologist at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ont.”
Calgary; Karachi University (Pakistan), 1982; psychiatry. Died June 13, 2021, aged 68. Survived by his wife Siddiqua and 3 children.
Lethbridge, Alta.; Makerere University (Uganda), 1980; family medicine. Died June 11, 2021, aged 65. Survived by his wife, Dr. Anna Nsisi, and his family.
Côte Saint-Luc, PQ; University of Saskatchewan, 1963; obstetrics and gynecology. Died June 11, 2021, aged 83. Survived by his wife Selma, 3 children and 10 grandchildren. “Richard was the first doctor in the family, starting his long and illustrious career in 1967. He became an associate professor at McGill University, where he trained hundreds of residents as they passed through the halls of the Jewish General Hospital. His skills, passion and knowledge made him 1 of the most respected obstetrician/gynecologists in Montréal. His calm demeanour, and gentle sense of humour comforted his many patients during their labour and delivery. His medical colleagues greatly appreciated his diagnostic skills and his willingness to assist in complicated situations. He brought tens of thousands of children into the world. When asked how many babies he had delivered, his answer was always: ‘I delivered a village.’ ”
North York, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1971; internal medicine, cardiology. Died because of glioblastoma June 4, 2021, aged 74. Survived by his wife Carolyn, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “In February 2020 Jim arranged a CT scan for himself after telling friends he thought he had the same thing that his identical twin George had died from less than a year before. Jim came to that conclusion as he found he was forgetting details. Less than a week later, a biopsy was done to confirm the diagnosis of a glioblastoma. Like his brother, he approached his treatments with an optimism that he could be a survivor. During his medical career he did his cardiology residency at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Emory University in Atlanta. On his return to Canada in 1977, he was among the first to introduce 2-D echocardiography to practice. For the next 40 years he devoted himself to clinical cardiology and advancing the specialty. He was a proud member of the Rouge Valley Health System and founding member of a robust, all-service cardiology group. Dr. Swan was a founding member of the world-recognized Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. He was instrumental in setting up 1 of the first catheterization labs and a stand-alone angioplasty suite in the community. He was chair of the Section of Cardiology in the Ontario Medical Association and president of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists. As digital technologies advanced, Jim was a leader in adapting to the needs of cardiac echo labs. Programs he developed were utilized by many institutions around the world, and locally in Ontario in Scarborough, Ajax and Collingwood.”
Kingston, Ont.; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1955; ophthalmology. Died of pneumonia June 4, 2021, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Dr. Marjorie Pinkerton, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “In 1964, having completed surgical fellowships in both England and Canada, Ronnie was recruited to the fledgling Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University in Kingston. When he was appointed head of the department in 1973, he placed particular emphasis on resident training and the management of glaucoma. He recognized the value of collaboration with other departments of ophthalmology, especially in Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. He travelled with Orbis to Turkey and Cyprus to teach surgical techniques to less-experienced surgeons, and he also attracted residents from the Caribbean to study at Queen’s. Under his leadership (until 1991), the Queen’s residency program became one of the most sought-after in Canada. Upon his retirement as professor emeritus in 1997, Queen’s established the RMH Pinkerton Lecture in Ophthalmology in his honour.”
Toronto; University of London (England), 1955; pediatrics. Died June 3, 2021, aged 89. Survived by 3 children. “After medical school she did her residency in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto at a time when medicine was a male-dominated profession. In 1958 she moved to Ottawa and worked at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and was also in private practice. Celia’s proudest professional accomplishment was setting up the poison-control centre at CHEO.”
Richmond Hill, Ont.; University of the West Indies (Jamaica), 1968; internal medicine, oncology. Died June 3, 2021, aged 77. Survived by his wife Felicia, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Lofters had a successful career as an academic physician, first at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and then at the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, where he practised as an oncologist who specialized in breast and colon cancers in his later years. He will be remembered by the many patients that he served over the years.”
Burnaby, BC; University of Calgary, 1994; hematologic and general pathology. Died June 2, 2021, aged 57.
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1953; diagnostic radiology. Died June 1, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “A tireless worker dedicated to his family and to the practice of medicine, Dr. Lévesque worked passionately in digestive-system radiology for 40 years at the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. He also taught radiology at Université de Montréal, and co-founded Montréal Radiological Services and the Mediclub du Sanctuaire radiology centre.”
Victoria; University of Toronto, 1947; obstetrics and gynecology; Order of Canada. Died May 29, 2021, aged 97. Survived by 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “As a young medical student, Murray fell in love with birthing mothers, and he went on to transform maternity care in Canada and influence care and epidemiology worldwide. In 1955 the family moved to Hamilton, where Murray eventually became chief of obstetrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital. When McMaster University opened its innovative medical school, Murray joined the faculty, and there he began his shift to the academic study of childbirth in support of family-centred maternity care. ‘Evidence is the best rhetoric,’ was one of Murray’s aphorisms. He was an early adopter of then-controversial practices such as childbirth education, delivery in the labour room, having fathers present at births, and rooming in. He also became involved in international movements for childbirth education, and was known as an ‘honorary midwife’ by the midwives he supported in the recognition of their profession in Canada. Although he was a pioneer of evidence-based medicine, Murray’s endless iconoclasm led him to question the dominance of statistical evidence over personal narratives. He became increasingly interested in death and dying, and coined the word tokothanatology, the study of the similarities between birth and death. Murray’s favourite saying was a line from George Santayana: ‘There is no cure for birth or death, save to enjoy the interval.’ ”
Petrolia, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1965; general practice. Died May 28, 2021, aged 81. Survived by his wife Lynne, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “Frank had practised medicine in Petrolia and Alvinston, Ont., since 1967.”
Calgary; University of London (England), 1952; general practice. Died May 27, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Fenwick, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1961; obstetrics and gynecology. Died May 27, 2021, aged 84. Survived by his wife Judith, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Ron Dowd was part of the fabric of this community. He traveled away to learn about the world, but after the world [the Niagara area] was home. As Dr. Dowd, he established an obstetrics/gynecology practice that would stretch over 32 years. That practice saw babies delivered, cutting-edge surgeries and health restored, while always advocating for women’s choices. Often patients would approach him to express their admiration whenever they would see him out in the community. So, if you were born from 1969 to 2001 in either Welland County Hospital or Port Colborne Hospital in Ontario, chances are you were 1 of the 7000 babies Dr. Dowd helped guide into the world. If you were his patient during that time, you will remember that he listened to you, supported your choices for health without moral judgment, and tried to ensure the speculum was warm. For those doctors and nurses that worked with Ron Dowd, I hope you got to witness his surgical techniques and his great laugh.”
Riverview, NB; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1959; ophthalmology; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died May 26, 2021, aged 86. Survived by his wife, Dr. Margaret Steven, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “The family moved to Canada in 1968, first residing in Brandon, Man., and then settling in Riverview, where he practised ophthalmology in Moncton for most of his career, finally retiring in 2004. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast who served as a volunteer with NB Ground Search and Rescue and as trail master for the Dobson Trail. He also had a black belt in tae kwon do and was a prolific artist, producing pen and ink, water colour and oil drawings and paintings. He will also be remembered as a character, playing practical jokes on colleagues and neighbours. He was also known to present select ‘works of art’ to colleagues at service-award functions that were only suitable for storage, and these likely reside in a few basements around town.”
Toronto; McGill University, 1968; psychiatry. Died May 25, 2021, aged 78. Survived by his wife Soryl, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Joe had a long and distinguished career in child psychiatry, beginning as director of a preschool and kindergarten program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in 1977. Starting in 1985, and for the next 27 years, he held various roles as head of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, and later the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto. From 1998 to 2004, Joe served as inaugural psychiatrist-in-chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and from 1999 to 2009 held the TD Bank Financial Group Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was internationally renowned for his research in speech and language disorders in children and youth. As a professor at the University of Toronto, Joe was a beloved mentor for generations of medical students. For his entire career, he was a caring and compassionate doctor who helped thousands of children.”
Victoria; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Ireland), 1974; general practice. Died May 24, 2021, aged 81, after living 12 years with myelodysplastic anemia. Survived by his wife Jane, a son and 2 grandchildren. “He enjoyed being a lifelong student who completed numerous degrees, earning his last at age 72. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ont., in 1961, specializing in agricultural economics. Rick’s interest in agriculture remained strong during his life, weaving throughout his many endeavors. After receiving an MBA from Harvard University, he joined the Canadian Foreign Service and worked as a diplomat, being posted to Ghana in 1964. The lure of studying medicine led him to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Dublin, where he graduated with the 1974 class. He kept in touch with classmates and was overjoyed to attend the 45th reunion. Returning to Canada, he worked in Ontario at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and in South River, Ont., before joining the Medical Services Branch of Health Canada. He was initially posted to Prince Rupert, BC, and then to Edmonton. At this point, he built a company where he combined and applied his business and medical expertise to a variety of innovative ventures. This was an adventurous time for many years. For the remainder of his career, which spanned decades, Rick worked in clinical and administrative medicine, for Health Canada in Yellowknife, in public health in Regina, with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and in Victoria as a general practitioner on Fairfield Road. He also worked as medical director at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Broadmead Lodge. Rick was recognized in his chosen profession and was proud of his initiatives, including bringing medical care to remote, Indigenous and under-serviced communities. When he retired at age 78, his medical career had spanned 44 years. After his son’s death while serving with the Canadian army in Afghanistan, Rick became a vocal advocate for soldiers and veterans, especially in Victoria, where he led the effort to establish the BC Afghanistan Memorial.”
Coldbrook, NS; Victoria University of Manchester (England); otolaryngology. Died May 24, 2021, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Janet Coates, his ex-wife, Terry, their 4 children, and 3 grandchildren. “Simon had a long and illustrious career as a surgeon, specializing in ENT and head and neck cancer. His practice took him from England to Hong Kong, Bermuda, Monserrat, Michigan, Toronto, small villages and towns in Northern Ontario, and various parts of his more recently adopted home of Nova Scotia. His patient care and compassion bespoke a life of commitment to his chosen field. One of the greatest achievements in his medical career was in creating a surgical technique and a series of exercises to repair brass players’ torn lip muscle (Satchmo’s syndrome). Although many other operative methods and means of treatment to cancer patients were significant, that lip repair was the one of which he was most proud. Before medicine, he played professionally in the UK Premier League as a goalkeeper. He also went on to serve as a team doctor for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Team Canada, making many lifelong friends. Simon touched many lives across the country and around the world; and he left a lasting legacy.”
Windsor, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1959; obstetrics and gynecology. Died May 16, 2021, aged 86. Survived by his wife Lorraine, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Dr. Macleod practiced in Windsor for 40 years with his medical partner, Dr. John Fry. He served as chief of ob-gyn at Hotel Dieu, Metropolitan and Windsor Regional hospitals. A past president of the Essex County Medical Society, he also served on many committees locally, provincially and internationally, including the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Advisory Committee on Reproductive Care to the Minister of Health (Ontario) and the Committee on Gynecologic Practice of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In recognition of his service he was elected to life membership in both the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association, and in 2010 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.”
Toronto; University of Toronto, 1964; orthopedic surgery. Died May 15, 2021, aged 82. Survived by his wife Pamela, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “John was an esteemed orthopedic surgeon. After medical school he spent almost 5 decades at the William Osler Health System (previously Peel Memorial Hospital) in Brampton, Ont., where he also served as chief of surgery and was an active member of the Pennal Club, a society formed in memory of his father-in-law to share best practices in orthopedics. He also founded and led a world-class back clinic focused on spinal injuries. John was an exceptional surgeon, but more striking was the love and admiration he garnered from everyone he helped. When he retired, the nurses he worked with wrote a ‘salute’ that complimented his warmth, empathy, twinkling eyes and precision.”
Wetaskiwin, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1960; general practice. Died May 15, 2021, aged 85. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1957; ophthalmology. Died May 14, 2021, aged 90. Survived by his wife Sarah, 1 child and 2 grandchildren. “After medical school Dr. Mills obtained a Master of Science degree in medicine from Queen’s University, and this was followed by a residency in ophthalmology at Victoria Hospital London. He also completed a fellowship in glaucoma at St. Louis University, and practised ophthalmology in London from 1963 until 2006.”
Kamloops, BC; University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1960; general practice. Died May 13, 2021, aged 84. Survived by 2 stepdaughters and 2 granddaughters. “Reg was born in South Africa and came to Kamloops in 1976. He practised at the Burris Clinic for his entire medical career. He loved his work very much and enjoyed his friends and colleagues at the clinic.”
Lions Bay, BC; University of Toronto, 1971; neurology. Died from the effects of Parkinson’s disease May 12, 2021, aged 74. Survived by his wife Grace, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “After medical school he qualified as a neurologist and was invited to do research in multiple sclerosis at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. His time there was very rewarding, and he then did further work at the Montréal Neurological Institute. In 1980 he moved to BC, where he engaged in private practice for more than 40 years.”
Mississauga, Ont.; Nagarjuna University (India), 1980; pediatrics. Died May 12, 2021, aged 67.
Saint John, NB; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1955; family medicine. Died May 10, 2021, aged 89. Survived by 5 children and 8 grandchildren. “After medical school, Rosalita went to the United States in 1956 to pursue her specialty in obstetrics and gynecology. She found her way to Saint John, where she met and married Dr. David Rideout (deceased). Together they raised 5 children and moved from Sussex, NB, to Toronto, before finally settling in Saint John. Rosalita took time out from her medical career to focus her full attention on raising her children, followed by an admirable and successful return to medical practice as a locum family physician. Rosalita was deeply appreciated by her patients and coworkers as an incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated and caring person.”
Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1952; family medicine. Died May 7, 2021, aged 92. Survived by 2 children and 7 grandchildren. “Noreen graduated from the University of Toronto in 1952 and set up shop as a family physician. She joined Northwestern General Hospital in Toronto when the doors opened. She continued practising her love of medicine, in 1 form or another, for over 68 years — through to March 2021. In her work as an obstetrician, she delivered literally generations of babies for some families.”
North Vancouver; University of Alberta, 1975; psychiatry. Died May 5, 2021, aged 70.
Ottawa; McMaster University, 1973; psychiatry. Died May 4, 2021, aged 74. “Frank was a dedicated doctor who worked in both emergency medicine and as a general practitioner before moving to psychiatry, which he practised from 1981-2016. He helped hundreds of persons who struggled with mental health issues.”
Toronto; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1951; family medicine. Died May 3, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Jolan, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “He was a Holocaust survivor who never forgot his past, but was able to live life to the fullest. He was a dedicated family practitioner until the age of 90. He never stopped learning, and was adored by so many of his patients.”
Victoria; McGill University, 1969; diagnostic radiology. Died May 1, 2021, aged 79. Survived by his wife Wendy, 3 children, 2 stepchildren, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. “On receiving his medical degree, Don returned to the West Coast in 1970 and did his residency in radiology at the University of British Columbia. His first position as a radiologist was at Nanaimo (BC) Regional General Hospital, where he spent many happy years. In 1998 the ultimate semi-retirement opportunity knocked, and Don had his dream job of providing radiologic services for Lady Minto Hospital on BC’s Salt Spring Island. During that time, Don mentored numerous medical students and was chief of medical staff for a number of years. When he turned 70 Don decided it was time to retire. He moved back to Victoria in 2013, where for a short time he did some volunteer teaching at the Island Medical School at the University of Victoria.”
Windsor, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1965; family medicine. Died May 1, 2021, aged 80. Survived by his wife Nancy, and his children and grandchildren. His daughter, Dr. Kate Greenaway, commented: “After completing his residency at the Montreal General in 1967 he had a long career in family medicine in Amherstburg, Ont., and he also served as chief of staff at Windsor’s Hotel Dieu Hospital. He was a dedicated long-term care physician, and continued working in this capacity until the week prior to his death. He was a medical teacher, an advocate for his nursing colleagues, and a proponent of high-quality care for elderly patients.”
North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1951; general practice. Died April 30, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Rita, 5 children, 12 grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. “This year would mark the 70th year since his graduation. He completed his internship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences shortly after graduating, and during his residency he had the opportunity to travel to many countries. He spent a year training in Holland, followed by a year at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He was so proud of learning to speak Dutch and French later in life, and sought out anyone to practise his language skills. He began his career at Shouldice Hospital in Toronto in 1956. He was a brilliant surgeon and took pride in his profession. He completed over 23 000 successful hernia repairs before fully retiring in 1990.”
Toronto; University of Toronto, 1970; diagnostic radiology. Died April 29, 2021, aged 76. Survived by his wife Franci and 3 children.
Moncton, NB; Université de Montréal, 1956; internal medicine. Died April 29, 2021, aged 88. Survived by 3 children and a grandchild. “Prior to her retirement in 1995, she worked at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton.”
Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1967; pediatrics; past president, life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died April 27, 2021, aged 80. Survived by his wife Patricia, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Norm was a caring and ambitious doctor. Noting the many challenges faced by patients suffering with cystic fibrosis, he established and became first director of New Brunswick’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. This was a defining time for Norm as a doctor, for which he was very proud. Over the course of his career, he attended and presented at conferences internationally, furthered his clinical abilities with sabbaticals, and brought the latest treatments to his patients. He also lent his skills in the community as the doctor for Camp Glenburn. Norm was also chief of pediatrics at the Saint John Regional Hospital, where he served for 11 years. Committed to clinical excellence and education, he trained many new doctors in his role as assistant professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie. His community service and commitment to his profession meant people knew him everywhere he went, and he was regularly approached by people on the street, in NB and further afield, who thanked him for his care.”
Harrow, Ont.; University of Aberdeen (Scotland), 1970; anesthesiology. Died April 21, 2021, aged 75. Survived by his wife Margaret, 5 children and 10 grandchildren. “Dr. Manson was well respected and established in his field of medicine. He was also a specialist in diving medicine, and wrote all offshore-diving medical standards for Canada.”
Chicoutimi, QC; Université Laval, 1965; internal medicine, gastroenterology. Died April 18, 2021, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Claudette Truchon. “Dr. Lapointe was a gastroenterologist who dedicated his career to taking care of his patients at l’hôpital de Chicoutimi for more than 40 years.”
Sechelt, BC; McGill University, 1953; general surgery. Died April 18, 2021, aged 93. Survived by his wife Beth, 3 children, 4 stepchildren, 4 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. “After medical school Bob practised in Rossland, BC, for 2 years. He loved the hunting and fishing, and was on the ski patrol at Red Mountain. He then moved to Vancouver to work at St. Paul’s Hospital. After completing his surgical specialty training in Montréal, Bob moved back to Vancouver and joined the Norburn Medical Clinic in North Burnaby, where he practised for 25 years.”
St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1974; ophthalmology; clinical associate professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Died April 16, 2021, aged 75. Survived by his wife Mary, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “After general practice on Newfoundland’s south coast, Val was accepted in to a residency program in ophthalmology at the University of Saskatchewan. He spent 3 years in Saskatoon before finishing his training in 1980. This was followed by a fellowship at McGill University. Despite offers from across the country, he decided to ‘follow his heart’ and return home to St. John’s in 1982. His years in practice were busy but fulfilling. Val was a trailblazer in his field, and he influenced and guided many of the colleagues that followed him.”
Dartmouth, NS; Dalhousie University, 1951; psychiatry. Died April 15, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Esther, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Harry completed his residency in psychiatry in 1955 and was medical director of the Nova Scotia Hospital for 20 years. He also maintained a private clinical practice and worked as an associate professor at Dalhousie.”
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1966; diagnostic radiology. Died April 14, 2021, aged 81. Survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Coquitlam, BC; University of Saskatchewan, 1969; general practice; former deputy registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC); honorary member, Canadian Medical Association, for “making significant contributions to the community and to the medical profession.” Died April 13, 2021, aged 81. Survived by his wife Carolyn (Lynn), 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Dr. Waymouth was deputy registrar at the CPSBC from 1988 until 1999, when he retired. Prior to that he practised medicine in Port Coquitlam from 1970 to 1988. He also held a bachelor of education degree and before medicine he taught high school in Regina. His work at the college was primarily a synthesis of his background in both education and medicine. He was particularly interested in ways to improve ‘physician performance.’ In 2002 he was made an honorary member of the CPSBC ‘for contributions made to medicine.’ ”
Lethbridge, Alta.; University of the West Indies, 1980; psychiatry. Died of COVID-19 complications April 13, 2021, aged 66. Survived by his wife Harriet and 2 children. “After earning his medical degree in Jamaica, Dr. Edwards received a government scholarship to study psychiatry in London from 1983-88. After completing his government service in Trinidad, the family migrated to Yarmouth, NS, where he worked at the regional hospital from 1995-2002. Wayne and his family moved to Lethbridge in 2003, and all family members became Canadian citizens 2 years later. He initially practised at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic South before opening a private clinic. His practice included working at the hospital, the Children’s Mental Health Clinic, the Adult Mental Health Clinic, a stint at the University of Lethbridge, and monthly visits to the clinic in Milk River, Alta.”
Kamloops, BC; University of Saskatchewan, 1972; family medicine. Died April 11, 2021, aged 73. Survived by her spouse, Terry Shewchuk, 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 3 stepchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. “Hanna settled in Kamloops after medical school, and grew her practice and family. She was a dedicated family physician who sincerely appreciated the relationships she had built with her patients and colleagues.”
Lantzville, BC; Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 1964; family medicine. Died April 8, 2021, aged 79. Survived by her husband, Dr. Mark Nixon, 2 children, 2 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. “She and her future husband, Dr. Mark Nixon, immigrated to Canada in 1967. They lived in Toronto briefly before driving across Canada to Vancouver with . . . all their worldly possessions packed into a VW Beetle. They were married in 1971 and subsequently moved to Vancouver Island, where Paddy practised full-service family medicine and Mark joined the Department of Anesthesia in Nanaimo. She enjoyed a very long and successful career as a family physician, and was a founding practitioner at the Sow’s Ear Medical Clinic in Lantzville. She very proudly practised in a full-service capacity and never shied away from challenging situations. She excelled in roles as a teacher, mentor, medical leader and advocate, always with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of mental and physical energy.”
Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1970; family medicine; honorary member, Canadian Medical Association; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died April 7, 2021, aged 78. Survived by his wife Carol, 6 children and 10 grandchildren. “Bill practised family medicine for over 40 years. The activities he enjoyed most for relaxation were his annual fishing trips with his family and friends, aka ‘the young and the breathless.’ ” When he retired in 2011, CBC News reported: “Dr. William Patterson is retiring after 41 years in practice. ‘The last 3 weeks are going to be very difficult because a lot of patients are leaving with their charts every day,’ Patterson said. “He started telling his patients he was retiring 3 years ago, and helped some find new doctors who were taking on patients. ‘Many have doctors, but many don’t, and that’s the hard part,’ he said.”
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC; Université de Montréal, 1955; family medicine, anesthesiology. Died April 6, 2021, aged 93. Survived by his wife, Rachel Quesnel, 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Montréal; University of Ain Shams (Egypt), 1966; general practice. Died April 5, 2021, aged 78. Survived by a son and grandson. “She retired from medicine on Jan. 31, 2019.”
Regina; Madras University (India), 1966; internal medicine, hematologic pathology. Died April 4, 2021, aged 79. Survived by his wife Cathleen, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “He settled in Regina in 1980, where he enjoyed a very rewarding career spanning 38 years. Admired and loved by colleagues and patients alike, his passion for medicine was evident.”
Pembroke, Ont.; National Taiwan University (Taiwan), 1959; family medicine. Died April 3, 2021, aged 92. Survived by his wife, Dr. Wen-Mei Pan, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. “After arriving in Canada, Dr. Eng served as medical superintendent on the Fisher River Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation communities in Manitoba from 1965 to 1971, and worked closely with band leaders to promote health, education and welfare. After coming to Pembroke in 1971 he became a tireless advocate for public health and education, and was a pioneer in advocating for the rights of non-smokers. He founded the Renfrew County Non-Smokers Association in the early 1970s, and was instrumental in passing one of Canada’s first non-smoking bylaws that controlled smoking in indoor public spaces and the workplace. This work earned him the National Heather Crowe Award. Later, he helped establish the Renfrew County Multicultural Society, and through private, church and government sponsorship he and Dr. Pan helped resettled 3 Chinese Vietnamese refugee families in the Ottawa Valley from 1979 to 1981. Throughout his medical career, he was also a regular contributor to local and national newspapers, commenting on medical and public policy issues as they affected public health, and physician qualifications. Through his work with Project 1000, he was successful in increasing the recruitment of international medical graduates in Canadian medicine. After retiring from active medical practice at age 83, he became a staunch advocate for the rights of senior physicians. His voice will be missed. He will be missed.”
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1958; obstetrics and gynecology. Died March 21, 2021, aged 86. Survived by his wife Ruth, 3 children, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “After medical school, Ferd went alone to the interior of the Belgian Congo, and Ruth joined him 2 months later. They spent 7 years in Kajiji, where Ferd established a nursing school and provided medical service to a people who otherwise would not have been able to access care. The family returned to Winnipeg in 1967, where Ferd completed his residency. In 1970 Ferd was contacted by a representative of the president of Zaire, where President Mobutu Seseseko had established a large hospital. Ferd became the medical director for maternity at that hospital. Later, when we returned to Canada, we could brag that our father worked at the hospital that once held the record for most births in one day — over 120. After 4 years in Kinshasa, the family returned to Winnipeg in 1974, and Ferd began to work at the Manitoba Clinic. Ruth remembers him being on call every second night and every second weekend. There was still some time for family meals, but they were often scheduled around deliveries.”
Oakville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1957; general practice. Died March 21, 2021, aged 88. Survived by his wife, Dorothy Jane, 3 children, 1 grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren. “After medical school he practised family medicine in Oakville for 30 years, retiring in 1987.”
Kamloops, BC; Rhodes Scholar; University of Punjab (Pakistan), 1958; general pathology, hematology; former chief, Royal Inland Hospital Laboratory. Died March 20, 2021, aged 84. Survived by his wife Maureen, 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Surrey, BC; University of Sydney (Australia), 2005; family medicine. Died March 20, 2021, aged 42. Survived by his wife Navjot and 3 children. “After completing a BSc in physiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Andy traveled to Australia to study medicine at the University of Sydney. After completing a family medicine residency at UBC, Andy practised in Hope, BC, before building his practice in Surrey. Andy was adored by both his patients and the family medicine residents he taught.”
Pembroke, Ont.; McGill University, 1953; general surgery. Died March 19, 2021, aged 92. Survived by his wife Mitchie, 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “In 1955 they moved to Pembroke, where Robert began his medical career as a family physician. He later served as a general surgeon and obstetrician after completing further training in Montréal and Cook County, Illinois.” A patient wrote: “Dr. McEwen was a very important part of our lives when he was our family doctor. From the time I was pregnant with our daughter in 1964 until his retirement (1993), we could count on him to keep us healthy and informed. He had a wonderful manner, kind and patient, always ready to listen to our concerns. He will be truly missed by many.”
Halifax; Rhodes Scholar; Dalhousie University, 1973; family medicine. Died March 19, 2021, from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, aged 75. Survived by his partner, Cathy Cervin, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 stepchildren. “Family medicine was the bedrock of David’s long and impactful professional career. He was dedicated to the worth and value of compassionate, patient- and relationship-centred care. An avid reader and original thinker, he embraced narrative medicine, the deep understanding of the person with their unique story, beliefs and values, as the path to healing in the day-to-day work of family doctors. He began to practise in Fredericton in 1973, and joined the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie in 1978 as a leader in continuing medical education and care of the elderly. Although he held many other posts, he kept his Dalhousie faculty appointment for the rest of his life. As professor and head of Dalhousie Family Medicine from 1987-95, he led and taught through understanding and gentle challenge. His motto: ‘When we tell a person something, we remove their chance to discover it themselves.’ He asked astute questions, and encouraged and supported people to discover their own answers. Kind, humble and patient, he delighted in the achievements of those he mentored. A timeless sense of duty, instilled by his parents, shaped his approach to life and work. David was always ready to lend a hand, and most happy when he felt he was contributing. His commitment to making a difference moved him to lead many influential committees at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, take on the role of hospital chief of staff in Cumberland County, and to lead primary care reform and create a health human resource plan for the province of Nova Scotia. When Dalhousie Family Medicine needed him, he came back from retirement to be interim head from 2017-2020. David touched all who knew him, and transformed the lives of the countless people he mentored and taught.”
North Vancouver; University of Alberta, 1961; internal medicine, hematology. Died March 17, 2021, aged 91. Survived by his wife Elizabeth, 3 children and 11 grandchildren. “After arriving in Canada in 1955, he prospected in the North and various areas of BC, which enabled him to pursue a career in medicine. He established a practice in internal medicine and hematology in North Vancouver, where his passion became the establishment of a palliative care program at Lions Gate Hospital. He felt so privileged to live in such a wonderful country that allowed him the opportunity to pursue his dreams and work with so many fine people along the way.”
Oakville, Ont.; University of Ljubijana (Yugoslavia), 1957; anesthesiology. Died March 16, 2021, aged 87. Survived by 1 child. “Hers was a life lived in the constant and fearless pursuit of education and experience, from the moment she chose to follow in her father’s wake and study medicine through to her journey by ship across the Atlantic to Canada despite having little proficiency with the English language. [She] was always in pursuit of knowledge. Whether it be the 6 languages she spoke proficiently or learning to cook amazing dishes, her thirst for the experience of life knew no bounds.”
Calgary; University of Toronto, 1953; internal medicine. Died March 13, 2021, aged 92. Survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Respected as an astute clinician, John was appointed as the first head of medicine at the newly opened Foothills Hospital in 1966. When the Faculty of Medicine began in 1967, John was the first associate dean of clinical affairs, director of continuing medical education and professor of medicine. In 1989 he left the Foothills to become involved with the new Calgary Geriatric Program, and in 2003 he retired from active clinical practice.”
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 2001; otolaryngology. Died March 12, 2021, aged 50. Survived by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Tse, and 2 children. “He was clinical otolaryngologist at Shape MD Medical Clinic from 2007 to 2020, and was loved by his staff and patients.”
Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1957; family medicine. Died March 11, 2021, aged 89. Survived by his wife Marie, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. “After medical school, Dr. Krochak established his general/family practice in Saskatoon in 1958, and dedicated nearly 60 years to his patients and to the art and science of medicine. He humbly cared for more than 3 generations, and was adored, loved and respected by so many patients and families whose lives he touched. Over the span of his career, Dr. Krochak was on staff at all 3 Saskatoon hospitals and most long-term care facilities in the city, including St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, a home to so many people and staff near and dear to his heart. Michael’s commitment to the profession steered him to serve in many leadership roles in medical organizations locally and beyond. He held senior positions with the Saskatchewan Medical Association, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Saskatoon and District Medical Society, and the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America. He served as chief of the Department of General Practice at St. Paul’s Hospital for 9 years, and shared his medical skills and expertise with generations of medical students from the University of Saskatchewan. Michael’s dedication and expertise were recognized by many prestigious awards and honors, including being named Saskatchewan’s Family Physician of the Year in 2001. He was humbled when he was named one of Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year in 2002, and when the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians established the annual Dr. Michael Krochak Award for Contributions to Family Medicine in 2007.”
Campbellton, NB; University of Skopje (Yugoslavia), 1966; psychiatry. Died March 9, 2021, aged 83. Survived by 2 sons and 5 granddaughters. “After arriving in Canada he worked as a physician at the Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (Orillia, Ont.), the Restigouche (NB) Hospital Centre and the Campbellton Regional Hospital. He also had a large family medicine practice. He was a leader in medical education, organizing numerous meetings with national expert lecturers. He was also one of the originating fathers of soccer in the Campbellton region, where he coached and taught the skills that he acquired during his junior playing days on elite teams in Europe.”
London, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1950; major, Royal Army Medical Corps; internal medicine, gastroenterology. Died March 4, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “[After several previous moves] the family made one last move from Glasgow to London, Ont., in 1969 to settle permanently. Bill joined the staff at Victoria Hospital and established its gastrointestinal unit and training programs. He eventually served 5 years as the Victoria’s chief of staff. He was an active researcher with over 100 publications to his name, and was a professor of medicine at the University of Western Ontario.”
London, Ont.; Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), WW II; University of Western Ontario, 1952; family medicine, aviation medicine, occupational medicine, industrial medicine; RCAF (Reserve). Died Feb. 28, 2021, aged 99. Survived by his wife Roz, 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “He served for over 4 years as a pilot with 400 Squadron during WW II, flying many different aircraft, most notably the Supermarine PR Spitfire Mk XI to conduct high-altitude (up to 41 000 feet) reconnaissance missions. A gifted navigator and aviation teacher, he instructed on advanced courses to train new cohorts of aviators for the war effort. After the war he earned his medical degree and was elected the permanent class president of Meds ’52 at Western. He continued to fly during medical school, including working as an executive pilot. His education led to a fulfilling career in medicine, starting in 1953. As a physician, he was a certified member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and he was a member of the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association. He was also a life member of the London and District Academy of Medicine. He practised medicine for over 55 years, specializing in occupational and industrial medicine, and aerospace medicine. His practice led him to assessing thousands of people over the years for their private, commercial and airline transport licences. Along with his practice in family medicine and his specialties, he was a medical officer for Air Canada and the Canadian National Railway for over 35 years. He also worked as medical director for Northern Telecom and as a medical officer (MO) for Air Ontario. At the start of his medical practice, Charles continued to serve as a pilot in the RCAF (Reserve) in 420 Squadron. During this time, he was on the aerobatic team. He also piloted many military aircraft, including Mustangs, Harvards and T-33 jets. He later transferred to the air force as an MO, and qualified as a flight surgeon, serving as wing MO for 420 Fighter Squadron and 4220 Radar Squadron. In 1957 he was promoted to wing commander and, with over 10 years in uniform, retired from service. He continued to pursue his passion for aviation after his retirement from the RCAF and throughout his medical career, even continuing to fly in his 90s. He held a Ministry of Transport airline transport licence, and logged more than 8000 hours on 35 different aircraft.”
Calgary; Université Laval, 1979; family medicine. Died of cancer Feb. 27, 2021, aged 69. Survived by his wife Zorica, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. “Louis was born in Quebec and was from the fifth generation of physicians in his family. After a trip to the mountains in his youth, Louis decided to make the west his home. ‘God's country,’ he lovingly called it. As a physician, Louis’s dedication and care for his patients was endless. He always went above and beyond to ensure everyone around him received care.”
Laterrière, QC; Université de Sherbrooke, 2013; gastroenterology. Died of cancer Feb. 25, 2021, aged 30. Survived by his wife, Dr. Camille Filion, and a son. “Michael will be sadly missed by co-workers at the Hôpital de Chicoutimi and elsewhere.”
Shediac, NB; Dalhousie University, 1973; family medicine; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died Feb. 25, 2021, aged 73. Survived by his wife Diane, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. “After medical school, Kim embarked upon a 40-year professional career that once comprised one of the largest family medicine practices in Moncton, NB. Kim prided himself on being ‘a foot soldier’ in family practice, and said there was not a day he was not happy to go to work. Kim enjoyed tremendously working with his partners at the clinic, who were not only professional colleagues but also close personal friends. The group constructed their new building on Mountain Road in the early 1980s, a project that Kim was passionate about. As the clinic welcomed new physicians over the years, Kim was an excellent mentor and was always available to assist or support his colleagues. Always early to make rounds, he thoroughly enjoyed his morning visits to the doctors’ lounge to pick up mail and hear the latest tales from Dr. Noonan! While the work of a family physician is multifaceted and varied, there was never any question about what Kim enjoyed the most, and that was welcoming new babies into the world — over 2300 of them! In the last few years he was delivering babies for mothers he had also delivered.”
Kingsburg, NS; McGill University, 1960; pediatric surgery. Died Feb. 24, 2021, aged 88, from congestive heart failure due to amyloidosis. Survived by his wife, Dr. Sonia Salisbury, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “David began his professional career as a veterinarian. Before long, he was back in school at McGill University to study medicine. In 1973 the family moved to Nova Scotia, where David took a position as a cardiac surgeon at the IWK Hospital in Halifax. David had a profound impact on the way cardiac surgery is practised in the Maritimes. He founded the Maritime Heart Centre, which continues to provide clinical and material support for cardiac patients. He served on more than 20 provincial and national committees, including the Canadian Heart Foundation and the Executive Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received numerous research grants and had numerous publications, and was especially proud of his widely-published work with Dr. Drew Armour on the neural control of the heart. After ‘retirement’ he got his bachelor of fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and for beer money he took shifts in the OR with his old colleagues. His honours included McLaughlin and James IV travelling fellowships. As well, he was awarded senior membership with Doctors NS and a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Medical Association. One of his other honours requires further citation. On a business card, he wrote: ‘Purveyor of Lamb to Pope John Paul II.’ Technically this was true — by way of his good friend Dr. John Sullivan, some of Dave’s lamb from his flock in Kingsburg made it to the head table when the Pope visited Halifax in 1984.”
Kingston, Ont.; McGill University, 1955; psychiatry. Died Feb. 22, 2021, aged 90. Survived by his wife Patricia, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “After earning a travelling fellowship that allowed him to study under Jean Piaget in Switzerland, Bob came to Kingston to practise and teach at Queen’s University and the Kingston General Hospital. He believed therapy should be family focused, and developed the Child and Family Clinic as well as an inpatient pediatric psychiatry unit. He also consulted with the Children’s Aid Society, the school board, and juvenile and family courts. His joy was clinical practice, so in 1980 he moved to Victoria to practise as a community clinician. He also consulted with the health ministry to develop child and adolescent mental health services, and with the youth forensic court. His passion was working with teens. His life’s work was focused on trying to help anxious, confused, disturbed teens to try to wend their way successfully through their adolescence to a happier and more settled adult life — a journey he had discovered was possible, and wanted others to discover too.”
Lakefield, Ont.; Royal Canadian Naval Reserve; University of Toronto, 1955; general practice; honorary chief medicine man, Curve Lake First Nation, Ont.; senior member, Canadian Medical Association. Died Feb. 21, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Blanche, 4 children, 2 stepchildren, 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “John practised in Lakefield and area for 18 years. He was the last government-appointed physician for the people of Curve Lake First Nation, and prior to John’s final voyage former chief Keith Knott and singers and drummers Mary Taylor and Janet McCue honoured him at his bedside with their words, songs and prayers. We express our respect and gratitude for their presence during his final days. As a surgeon-lieutenant, John served on a number of navy ships, rounding out his medical training while at sea. There’s no doubt that this experience led to his second career as a ship’s doctor for Norwegian Cruise Lines. In 1974 John joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, where he practised at the Victoria Family Medical Centre until he retired as associate professor in 1986. He thoroughly enjoyed mentoring trainees and residents, regaling them with stories of general practice in rural central Ontario. The family is grateful to Dr. Brendan Hughes for his compassionate and professional facilitation of the medical aid in dying (MAiD) process.”
Vancouver; Shiraz University (Iran), 1985; public health and preventive medicine. Died Feb. 21, 2021, aged 52. A patient wrote: “Dr. Jafari was my doctor for 7 years and he was very skilled in helping me in my treatment. I knew he was genuinely interested and pleased about my progress.”
Nanton, Alta.; medical degree, 1991; family medicine. Died Feb. 20, 2021, aged 55. Survived by his wife Beverly.
Burlington, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; family medicine; professor emeritus, McMaster University. Died Feb. 19, 2021, aged 89. Survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “John was a devoted family physician in Hamilton, and he eventually developed a focus on the improvement of medical education at all levels. Over the course of his esteemed career he held many leadership positions in the medical community. He provided guidance to many learners over the years.” Colleague Jacqueline Wakefield commented: “Dr. Premi launched an innovative continuing education approach for Canadian family doctors, the Practice-Based Small Group Learning Program, which received the Continuing Professional Development Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 2012. It now serves over 6000 members across the country. He served as director of the Charlton Family Practice Unit in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and was the chair and assistant dean for continuing education in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences during the 1980s. Dr. Premi was also a fellow and lifetime member of the CFPC. ”
Victoria; University of London (England), 1966; general practice. Died Feb. 17, 2021, aged 82.
Toronto; University of Warsaw (Poland), 1977; cardiology. Died Feb. 16, 2021, aged 69. Survived by his wife Monika, 1 son and 2 grandchildren. “After completing medical school in Poland, Wlodek received his PhD in cardiovascular physiology and went on to lecture across Europe, winning research and teaching awards from the European Society of Cardiology and the Polish Heart Association. He published extensively, including many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. In 1988 he and Monika made the difficult decision to uproot their lives in Poland and move to Canada for an invited post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary. Out of dedication and devotion to his family, Wlodek decided to retrain as a physician in Canada, completing his internal medicine residency at the University of Manitoba and then his cardiology residency at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He worked for over 20 years as a cardiologist in Manitoba. There, he attended in the coronary care units at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, where he was known as a devoted teacher. He had clinic practices at the Manitoba Clinic and then the Victoria General Hospital until he retired in 2020.”
Halifax; University of London (England), 1953; internal medicine. Died Feb. 16, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Fiona, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Three years after graduating from the medical college of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London, John, at age 30, joined the International Grenfell Association (IGA), a Christian medical mission that served the isolated and underserved communities of northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. An adventurous spirit was required, as many communities could only be reached by dog team in winter and boat or floatplane in summer. During his 25-year tenure with the IGA, John played a central role in improving the quality of health care, such that, especially after construction of the regional Charles Curtis Memorial, it rivalled any across Eastern Canada. He contributed in many other ways to the welfare of the community. For instance, he spearheaded the first long-term senior care facility in the region. Later, its larger replacement was named in his honour. The people he served and respected, together with medical staff he worked closely with, always remained dearest to his heart. In 1981 John left the IGA to lead the development of a new Geriatric Division at the Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax. He also co-founded the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia to help address the devastating nature of this disease.”