Canadian Medical Association

Sherwood Park, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1954; family medicine. Died May 30, 2020, aged 90. Survived by his wife Sophia (Ollie), 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. “Mel was nothing short of a miracle. In Grade 2 a life-threatening, year-long infection damaged his left lung for life, and the experience made him want to become a doctor. He trained as a physician and surgeon, and started work in McLennan, Alta., before opening up a family practice in Edmonton with his wife (and favourite nurse) in the early ’60s. Later, when there was a need for a new kind of comfort medicine, palliative care, he signed up to help pioneer it. That’s why the Palliative Care Hospice at the Edmonton General Hospital bears his name. He always thought it was weird to be alive and have something named after him. ‘It’s bad luck,’ he said, but it wasn’t. He lived another 24 years.”

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