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Port Dover, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1956; general surgery. Died April 7, 2022, aged 89. Survived by his wife Joyce, 5 children, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “After his surgical residency in London, Ont., Jim moved to Collingwood General Hospital in Ontario for a few years, and then was recruited by Dr. Ross Parker in 1965 to come to Simcoe, Ont., to join his practice and work out of the Norfolk General Hospital. After Dr. Parker retired, Dr. Jim added Drs. Fisher and Olsen to the practice, and this was a thriving partnership for many years. Dr. Jim was appointed chief of surgery in 1974, and remained in that position until he retired in 1999. As a student of his craft, he was always adding new specialties to his practice, and was instrumental in bringing new surgical procedures to the Norfolk hospital. Over the years, he became a specialist in gynecologic and arthroscopic surgery, so patients didn’t have to be shipped out to London or Hamilton. He was also a tireless fundraiser as well. After he retired he was instrumental in helping to raise money for the first CT scanner at the Norfolk General. Dr. Jim also had a thirst for missionary work. He got started in Bangladesh in 1992, where he and Joyce served at a remote mission hospital for 3 months. He continued that work after he retired, with further tours in Bangladesh, and then in Togo, Africa, and Inuvik, NWT. Dr. Jim finally hung up the gloves, so to speak, in his mid-70s.”

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