It is with great sadness that we advise our friends and family of Ed’s passing on the evening of Aug. 10 after a short illness. At his side were his wife Judi and son Paul.
He was born in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland on April 2, 1927.
Ed loved life. He was a caring and generous person devoted to his family. And he was blessed with a successful half-century career in medicine focused on the needs of his patients. His retirement on Pender Island also brought great joy as he spent his days gardening, fishing, walking his dogs in the forest, caring for the wildlife and spinning yarns with family, friends and neighbours. Especially important to him has been the time with Roxy, his charming and witty granddaughter. He took great pleasure in enjoying his deck with the flowers and the panoramic Gulf Island views. He loved his adopted country of Canada and had a zest for politics and especially enjoyed a good discussion with friends of all political persuasions.
Ed was married to his first wife Sheila for 51 years and they raised two sons Paul and Brian. They enjoyed 10 years in Africa at a unique and tumultuous time. However Canada beckoned and they moved to Saskatchewan in 1964, living and working in Shaunavon, Saskatoon and Maple Creek. In 1992 they retired to their dream home on Pender Island. Sheila passed away in November 2004.
In August 2006, Ed was blessed with love a second time and he married Judi Adamson. Old friends from their days in Shaunavon, Ed and Judi had much in common and the next 10years were a special time for both as they enjoyed the tranquil life of Pender Island and welcomed family and friends to their home.
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Ed practiced medicine for 50 years in southern Africa and Saskatchewan. He loved solving medical puzzles and passionately cared for his patients. He often said that he never worked a day in his life and was blessed by his discovery of the art of medicine. In Africa he tackled the challenges of frontier medicine and tropical diseases to better the lives of his patients. He would always go the extra mile to help people including serving in a field medical unit during a rebel uprising. In Saskatchewan, Ed’s medical practice was built on the classic small town doctor foundation and included doing house calls, surgery and delivering babies. He also embraced innovative tools such as hypnosis and acupuncture to solve his patient’s issues. Through his practice of medicine he touched the lives of many people.
Ed was predeceased by his first wife Sheila and son Brian. He is survived by wife Judi, son Paul, daughters in law Linda and Ilca, granddaughter Roxy and nieces Julie, Yvonne and Julie in the United Kingdom.
We wish to thank the staff of Saanich Peninsula Hospital for the care and attention provided to Ed during his illness.
In keeping with Ed’s wishes there will be no service. His ashes will be spread in the Swanson Channel in front of his Pender Island home where he loved to fish. Those wishing to celebrate Ed’s life and recognize his commitment to patient care may wish to make a donation to the hospital in Shaunavon, Maple Creek or the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.
Acta est fabula, plaudite!