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September, 2018

Andrade, Elmer M., Saint John, NB; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1958; obstetrics and gynecology. Died July 22, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Teresita and 2 sons. “Elmer moved to Saint John in 1966, where he started his own practice with Dr. Tom Foster. He retired in 1995. Over the course of his career, he proudly delivered over 6,000 babies. Elmer had plenty of opportunities to work wherever he liked, but he chose to stay in Saint John because it was a good place to raise his family and he enjoyed the lifestyle.”

Arenas, Patricia M., Casselman, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1973; family medicine. Died July 16, 2018, aged 70. Survived by 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. “When she graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1973, Patricia was 1 of only 2 female students to receive a medical degree. Upon graduation, she chose to practise in Casselman, a largely rural and under-serviced area east of Ottawa. She taught herself French, and practised continuously in the same community for 44 years. A tireless and dedicated practitioner, Patricia was a rare breed of doctor, one who continued the now uncommon practice of making house calls. She also provided palliative care to patients who wanted end-of-life care at home. Over 44 years, she touched the lives of thousands of people in her community.”

Beaudoin, François, Outremont, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1981; obstetrics and gynecology. Died July 20, 2018, aged 61. Survived by his fiancée, Chantal Gilbert, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Billington, Robert G. (Bobo), Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 2003; family medicine. Died July 23, 2018, aged 51. Survived by his wife Laura and 2 children. “Always an overachiever, Rob had degrees in pharmacy, biochemistry and medicine. He was a gifted physician, pharmacist, inspiring educator, loving father and motorcycle enthusiast extraordinaire.” An acquaintance wrote: “I met Dr. Billington once at his office at Family Physicians. I left feeling that I had just met a very good friend.”

Butt, Shehbaz A., Markham, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1997; anesthesiology. Died in a flying accident July 12, 2018, aged 46. Survived by his wife Ramona and 4 children. Dr. Butt had practised at the Markham Stouffville Hospital since completing his residency. Following his death, the hospital commented: “Dr. Butt made a significant contribution to the hospital. He was a highly valued member of our team, and we are devastated by the loss.”

Cantin, Pierre F., Winnipeg; University of London (England), 1955; family medicine; past president, Manitoba Medical Association (MMA). Died Aug. 4, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his life partner, Hilary Ingrid Chandler, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “The Mauritian government granted him a scholarship to study medicine in England, and right from the very beginning our Dad was very passionate about his profession and was dedicated to serving his patients day and night. [The family] moved to Winnipeg in 1962, and after 9 months relocated to St. Pierre-Jolys, where our father practised medicine until he retired in 2000. He loved family practice, and was very involved with the MMA in different capacities over many years.”

Côté, Luc, Saint-Lazare, Que.; Université Laval, 1957; orthopedic surgery. Died July 17, 2018, aged 89. Survived by 4 sons and 9 grandchildren.

Dambreville, Etzer, Saint-Eustache, Que.; University of Guadalajara (Mexico), 1979; family medicine. Died Nov. 11, 2017, aged 67. Survived by his wife, Marie Carmel Azor, 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Elder, Lawrence J., Unionville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; general practice. Died July 31, 2018, aged 96. Survived by 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Eustace, Dominic, Fernie, BC; National University of Ireland in Galway, 1970; past president, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan; former mayor, Wolseley, Sask. Died Aug. 2, 2018, aged 73. Survived by his wife, Dr. Veronica Eustace, 7 children and 11 grandchildren, as well as his beloved dogs, Chico and Peggy. “Dominic and Veronica worked side by side since moving to Canada in the early 1970s. They first established a practice in Wolseley, then moved to Saskatoon. They then settled for 10 years in Tsawwassen, BC, before moving to Fernie. Dominic touched many people over the years through his active involvement in the community. He was also a newshound who always had time for a good debate about the news, usually carrying several newspapers with him so that he would always be ready to discuss a story.”

Feldman, Rubin R., Vancouver; Université de Montpellier (France), 1958; physical medicine and rehabilitation. Died Aug. 4, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 4 children.

Forbath, Nicholas, North York, Ont.; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1953; internal medicine, endocrinology. Died July 4, 2018, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Dr. Anne Kenshole, and 2 children. “Born in Budapest, he arrived in Toronto as a refugee in 1957. He had $5 from the Canadian government in his pocket, and an offer from Dr. Charles Best to work in his research lab. After obtaining his FRCPC, he joined the team at the world’s first coronary care unit at the Toronto General Hospital, and later specialized in endocrinology.”

Gohill, Lalji R., Calgary; University of Birmingham (England), 1961; general practice. Died Aug. 4, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Zarrein. A former patient wrote: “He set the bar for family clinic doctors.”

Graham, Lindsay A., Ottawa; McGill University, 1955; family medicine. Died July 20, 2018, aged 85. Survived by Joslyn LeBlanc, 5 children and 5 grandchildren. “He was a discerning observer of the best things in all people.”

Gulati, Brahm B., Cornwall, PEI; Agra University (India), 1956; general surgery. Died June 17, 2018, aged 84. Survived by his wife, Dr. Anne Gulati, a son and a granddaughter. “His career led him to practise in Labrador City, NL, and in St. John’s, where he was chief of surgery, as well as in Montréal and London, England. He also opened a medical clinic in Dehradun, India, with his wife. After retiring as a surgeon, he worked with Veterans Affairs Canada in Charlottetown for over 20 years.”

Howarth, Gillian, Dundas, Ont.; McMaster University, 1981; family medicine. Died of gallbladder cancer Aug. 4, 2018, aged 75. Survived by her husband Philip, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Gillian trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital in London, and after moving to Canada with Philip she was accepted into medical school at McMaster. After graduating she completed the 2-year Family Medicine Residency Program at McMaster, and set up her family practice in Dundas in 1983. Over a period of more than 20 years she felt privileged to serve our local community. Gillian could lend a listening ear, offer wisdom and reflection, and make everyone she encountered feel they were valued.”

Hudon, Robert R., Mont-St-Hilaire, Que.; Université Laval, 1959; psychiatry. Died June 30, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren.

Iyer, Sriram N., Maple Ridge, BC; Gujarat University (India), 1994; endocrinology. Died Aug. 2, 2018, aged 47.

Keyes, Sean A., Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1960; family medicine; past president, New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS); recipient, NBMS Dr. Garfield Moffatt Medal for Excellence in Patient Care; life member, NBMS; senior member, CMA. Died July 30, 2018, aged 84. Survived by his wife Constance, 7 children and 20 grandchildren. “For 49 years, Sean practised family medicine in West Saint John. He thoroughly enjoyed going to work at the ‘office,’ whether in the basement of the family home in Greendale or at his Dever Road medical clinic, where he practised with his children Elizabeth and Sean for 25 years before retiring in 2010. He particularly treasured the many friendships he made with his patients, staff and colleagues over the years. Sean was also a familiar face working in the emergency departments at St. Joseph’s, the Old General and, later, the Saint John Regional Hospital. He was affectionately referred to by the staff and nurses in the emergency rooms as ‘Papa Keyes.’ A true Newfoundlander who loved social and family gatherings, he was a kind and generous man who would share his advice and wisdom with anyone who sought his help and guidance.”

Klassen, Gerald A. (Gerry), Halifax; University of British Columbia, 1957; cardiology. Died Aug. 6, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife Andree and 3 children. “After extensive post-graduate training he returned to McGill and the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Montréal in 1965, and served as a clinician/researcher/teacher and as director of the Cardiovascular Division at RVH from 1974-77. In 1977 he came to Dalhousie as head of physiology and biophysics. In 1981 he switched gears again and became vice-president, academic and research, for 2 years, before spending a final year as vice-president, research. In July 1984 he returned to being a full-time cardiologist/researcher/teacher in the Dalhousie Department of Medicine. During all those years he continued to pursue his research interests in coronary circulation and collaborated with colleagues in many countries, including during a sabbatical year spent in Pisa. Gerry had wanted to be a doctor since he was 4 years old, and he was that and a teacher to the end.”

Leong, You Ding (Y.D.), Nepean, Ont.; National Taiwan University (Taiwan), 1961; allergy and immunology. Died July 3, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Wulan, 3 children, a stepdaughter and 4 grandchildren. “Y.D. completed his internal medicine residency in Michigan and concluded his training in allergy and immunology in Canada. After completing his training he had a successful practice that served the Ottawa-Carleton community and the Canadian Forces at the National Defence Medical Centre for nearly 40 years.”

Messner, Hans A., Toronto; Albert Ludwigs University (West Germany), 1967; internal medicine; PhD. Died July 24, 2018, aged 77. Survived by his wife Sandy, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “In 1975 he began a lengthy and accomplished career at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. During this time he established the allogeneic bone marrow transplant program, which now bears his name. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Lifetime Achievement Award, granted to individuals who have made continuous clinical and scientific contributions to this field. In 2015 he was awarded the Order of Ontario in recognition of his many contributions. Hans was a compassionate physician who treated patients, not diseases. He was a humble man who said he was ‘just doing his job.’ ”

Pretty, James A. (Alan), White Rock, BC; University of British Columbia, 1970; family medicine. Died Aug. 1, 2018, aged 73. Survived by his wife Joan, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “After his post-graduate training, Alan settled in White Rock in 1973 and joined the Hilltop Medical Clinic. He also served as chief of medical staff at Peace Arch Hospital for 15 years, and worked at the Hay River Regional Health Centre in the Northwest Territories and volunteered in several underprivileged countries. Alan thoroughly enjoyed teaching and working with medical students and nurses.” The Surrey Now-Leader reported: “Hilltop Medical manager Yvonne McLeod commented that Pretty, in addition to being ‘a brilliant physician,’ was also a pioneer in adopting fully computerized electronic medical records at the clinic in 1978, while most other offices were still using paper records. ‘Alan took a keen interest in the advantages computers could bring to the medical office and took the lead role to revolutionize Hilltop Medical Clinic with this practice, which is now common in medical clinics.’ ”

Roberge, Annette P., Vancouver; University of Calgary, 1984; family medicine. Died July 3, 2018, aged 59.

Roy, Régent N., Danville, Que.; Université Laval, 1965; general practice. Died May 23, 2018, aged 79. Survived by his wife, Micheline Godbout, 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Rubin, Sheldon H., Moncton, NB; Dalhousie University, 1969; internal medicine, hematology; recipient, NB Medical Society’s Dr. Garfield Moffatt Medal for Excellence in Patient Care, 1999; recipient, Order of New Brunswick, 2016. Died Aug. 13, 2018, aged 75. Survived by his wife Sharon, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Dr. Rubin was the first oncologist and the second hematologist to practise in New Brunswick. He became a staff member at The Moncton Hospital in 1975, practising as an oncologist and hematologist. In the same year, he also began as a consultant in the same fields at the Dr. Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre. In 1976, he established a Chemotherapy Clinic, single-handedly treating patients from the entire eastern half of the province. He also established the province’s first comprehensive hemophilia clinic in 1988. The clinic, under the directorship of Dr. Rubin, was established in cooperation with the New Brunswick Hemophilia Society. In conjunction with Dr. Bill Thompson, he also started the first HIV treatment program in New Brunswick, and subsequently the first hepatitis C program. When he retired in 2016, Sheldon was humbled and delighted by the announcement that the newly completed oncology clinic would bear his name.”

Sendbuehler, Joseph M., Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm, Que.; McGill University, 1957. Died July 24, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Françoise (Kizzie) Garneau, and 3 children.

Smith, Muriel, Fredericton; Dalhousie University, 1970; anatomical pathology. Died Aug. 6, 2018, aged 74.

St-Pierre, Raymond, Sorel-Tracy, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1962; otolaryngology. Died Aug. 2, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Louise Leblanc, 3 children and 12 grandchildren.

Thorsteinson, V. James (Jim), North Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1973; family medicine. Died July 3, 2018, aged 71. Survived by his wife Inge, 5 children and a grandson. “As a family physician, clinical professor and mentor to young medical residents, Jim made a significant contribution to the medical profession for over 4 decades. His passion for family medicine, helping others shine and his advocacy for society’s marginalized people are an inspiration.”

Wong, Joseph Yuk Shing, North York, Ont.; South China Medical College (China), 1955; physical medicine and rehabilitation. Died Nov. 9, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Marta, 4 children and 5 grandchildren.