Canadian Medical Association

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.”

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