Tuesday October 5, 2010
DR. MAURICE BRYDON FOSTER 1933-2010 MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR ALGOMA, 1968-1993 Maurice passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday October 2nd, surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant 3-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Maurice survived a near-fatal bout of pneumonia last April that left him dependent on oxygen, but over the past 5 months, he tackled his new challenges the way he approached life: with boundless energy and determination. His family is even more appreciative now of what a special gift that extra time with him has been. Maurice was born on September 8th 1933, in Bloomfield, Ontario, a small farming community in Prince Edward County. After growing up on a dairy farm, he attended the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph and graduated in 1957 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He married Janet Kerr of Waupoos, Ontario on August 20, 1955 and was blessed with four children: Peter, Andy, Peggy and James. After graduating, Dr. Foster established a veterinary practice at Carnduff, Saskatchewan. In 1959 he moved to Northern Ontario and continued to practise veterinary medicine based in Desbarats, a small village near Sault Ste. Marie. He was also active in community affairs, including service as the Chairman of the Algoma District School Board. A very proud member of 'the Class of `68', Maurice fulfilled his life-long dream of being elected to the House of Commons in 1968 to represent the riding of Algoma. The riding had previously been represented by former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Maurice served on numerous committees and was appointed to several positions throughout his long political career, but he was first and foremost a 'constituency man'. Because of his tireless dedication and devotion to the people of Algoma, he was re-elected in 6 general elections and universally respected by MP's from all parties in the House of Commons. Upon his retirement in 1993, after more than 25 years in Parliament, he joined the Prime Minister's staff as an advisor to Prime Minister Chretien. Maurice retired from his position in the Prime Minister's Office in 2001, and has spent the past decade being a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his wife Janet, children Peter (Sheila), Andy (Paula), Peggy, and James (JoAnne), and grandchildren Jordan, Damon, Joshua, Sacha, Emily, Madison, Casson, Connor, Fraser, Callan, Steele, Sebastien, Emile and Quentin; fondly remembered by his brother Garry (Vaunga), brother-in-law Bud (Fran) and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings Eleanor, Paul, Noxon and Barbara, and daughter-in-law Kimberley. A service will be held at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, at 1pm on Wednesday October 6th, followed by a reception. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Ottawa General Hospital for the remarkable care and support they provided through this difficult time. Donations to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be very much appreciated by the family. Condolences for the family may be left at firstname.lastname@example.org.