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Tuesday December 27, 2011

ERNEST ALFRED WATKINSON
M.D., C.M., D.P.H., O. ST. J., E.D.
(July 13, 1912 December 22, 2011)
WWII Veteran, Physician, Public Servant, Public Health Pioneer, Musician, Artist, loving Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.
  Passed away peacefully at home on December 22, 2011, at the age of 99.
Beloved husband of Dorel Cockburn Watkinson (nee Smith). Loving Father of John and his wife Marja. Cherished Grandfather of Mike, Chris, Alex and Anna and Great- Grandfather of Emma, Isabelle, Paige and Chloe. Predeceased by Parents Ernest Ingram and Margaret Amanda (Patterson), his Brothers Scofield and Ellwood.
  Born in Sault Ste. Marie. He graduated from Queen's University Medical School in 1939. Served as an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII, was a Canadian Delegate to the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), was a member of the Canadian Delegation to the I.A.E.A. (1952), and Chairman of several Advisory Boards to the I.J. C. (1966). Assistant Deputy Minister of the National Dept. of Health (1971), and the Deputy Minister of Health of New Brunswick (1971-1976). Among the Public Health Crises he was involved with were - WWII slave- labour and POW camp conditions, Thalidomide, Atomic Radiation, Smoking and the environmental health of the Great Lakes (the I.J. C.).
Following his retirement he moved to Markham to be close to his Son and Grandchildren. He subsequently moved to Port Hope, Cobourg, and then to his Son's home in Ajax where he took part in the lives of two more Grandchildren. A violin player, he learned to play the piano as well and became an artist. In 1986 he coordinated the replacement of the 1850's pipe organ at St. Marks church in Port Hope.
  An active gardener, and traveller, he wrote his memoirs in 2005 which have provided his family with a historical and amazing story of the life of a great Canadian.
  A Celebration of Life is to take place at his home on December 27.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Ernest A. Watkinson

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