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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 http://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.
RUTH JANET WILSON (née Ruste) November 15, 1920 - February 4, 2018
Beloved wife of the Reverend Leonard Wilson (1915-1995) of Bowmanville. Loving mother of Mel, Ronna (Jack), Janet, John, and Margaret (Murray). Bestemor to James (Jaclyn), Kathleen (Kale), Ian, Atticus, Dieter, and Haley; and great-grandmother to Garrett and Aaron. Fondly remembered by Mildred MacDougal, Ian Shaw, Maurice Pompey, and by her many other dear relatives and friends in Ontario, Alberta, and Norway.
A gentle end to a life lived "in spirit and in truth". John 4:24
DR. JERRY ROMAN ZOWNIR
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at age 82 years. Loving father of Mark (Kristin), Jeff (Laura) and Chris.
Proud grandfather of Sofia and Viktorija. Brother of the late Stefania and late Jane (late Stan).
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St.
W. (East of the Jane subway) on Sunday from 1 until 6 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Church of the Resurrection, 1 Resurrection Road on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. Private interment Glendale Memorial Gardens.
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences may be made through http://www.turnerporter.ca
CLANELL TERESA ARCHER (nee Groeneman) October 16, 1930 - February 8, 2017
Wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Clanell was born in Colorado Springs, and grew up in Kansas City, MO. After losing her mother, Clanell relocated to Colombia to teach at the American School in Barranquilla where, in 1953, she met her future husband, Jack. Thereafter, she gave birth to her only son, Christopher.
The family eventually relocated to Libya, before finally settling in Calgary, AB. Clanell and Jack retired happily in Victoria, B.C.
She loved family, friends, dogs, gardening, reading, and cooking.
She was compassionate, elegant, creative, and outspoken. She was the moral and intellectual compass for her family, and fiercely loyal to her friends. She was passionate about public education, and gave generously to those less fortunate.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack; her son, Christopher; her three grandchildren, Mary, Ellen and Paul; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.
Her passing one year ago left a huge hole in our hearts and she is forever missed.
Memorial donations may be made to the Calgary Public Library, or the Salvation Army.