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Friday February 9, 2018

WILLIAM DRAPER WILKEY MD
MSc FRCP (Canada)
MRCP (Edinburgh)
June 16, 1924 - February 7, 2018


Passed peacefully at Chartwell
LTC in London on the 7th of
February at the age of 93.
Much loved by his children,
Cynthia Wilkey (Ron
Wintrobe), Jennifer Wilkey,
John Wilkey (Christine); his
grandchildren, Curtis (Lisa),
Patrick, Byron (Julia), Deirdre,
Gillian; great-grandchildren,
Simon, Shaela, Emilia, and
Brennon; and his sister and
brother-in-law, Chik and Dick
Mair. Predeceased by Noreen,
his beloved wife of 56 years;
his infant son William Patrick
and his brother Jack (Rose)
Wilkey. Born in London,
Ontario in 1924 to Cecile and
Wilbert Wilkey, Bill lost his
father at a young age and was
raised by his mother Cecile
through the depression years.
A gifted student, he
graduated from Western
University's medical school in
1946 at the age of 22. He
interned at St. Paul's Hospital
in Vancouver and, as
newlyweds, he and Noreen
took up positions at the
hospital in Whitehorse,
Noreen as a nurse and William
as the only doctor in the
Western Arctic. Post Graduate
work and specialty training
continued in Montreal and
London, UK. He returned to
Canada and settled in
Woodstock, Ontario as the
city's first Specialist in Internal
Medicine. Pioneering that
specialty included establishing
the first Coronary Care Unit at
the Woodstock General
Hospital. An old school
physician, Bill was on call
24/7 for many years of his
practice and continued to
make house calls until he
retired. Bill and Noreen
enjoyed a lively social life in
Woodstock centered around
the Curling Club and the Golf
club. But Bill's particular love
was the beauty and challenge
of sailing The Georgian Bay in
Foxy Lady, their 27-foot sail
boat. It was there that he
could get respite from the
demands of his medical
practice and be nurtured by
the water, wind, loons and
serenity of hidden coves and
passageways. He and Noreen
were avid travelers, open to
what the world had to offer,
excited to experience new
cultures and travelled to many
places with their children and
grandchildren including Italy,
Africa, Machu Picchu and the
Galapagos. An enduring gift
to his children has been his
example of a life of service,
compassion, integrity, respect
for education, openness and
his belief in the importance of
family, friends and fun.
Friends and relatives are
invited to join the family at
the Brock and Visser Funeral
Home, 845 Devonshire Ave.,
Woodstock, 519-539-0004 on
Thursday, February 15, 2018
from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.,
where the memorial service
will be held on Thursday at
2:00 p.m. Cremation has
taken place. If desired,
memorial contributions may
be considered to Médecins
Sans Frontières/Doctors
Without Borders or the World
Wildlife Fund. Online
condolences at
www.brockandvisser.com
Many thanks to the wonderful
staff of Chartwell London LTC,
who cared for Bill during his
last two years - a vulnerable
and difficult time for him - and
to the staff of the Woodstock
General Hospital for their care
while he was still in
Woodstock.
  

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