Eugene passed away with his family by his side, on Monday September 5th, 2016 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm in his 98th year. Cherished father of Loren, Janine, Nadia (Dave), Daren (Jeff), Martene (Mark), Rachel (Tim) and Leean, and dearly loved Nonno (Grand-dad) of Anders, Kristian, Stefan, Katja, Drew, Caira and Briar.
Eugene studied medicine at the University of St. Andrews for Medicine in Glasgow Scotland from 1943-1948 and in 1949 he was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (R.C.P.E.). In 1956, after he completed his Master of Science in Experimental Surgery at the University of McGill, Montreal he was accepted into the Royal Faculty of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow Scotland (R.C.P.S.G.). In 1959 obtained his Certification as a General Surgeon and in 1972 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (F.R.C.S.C.). Eugene dedicated his life to his profession, as a respected General Surgeon who was qualified in the United Kingdom, British Guiana (Guyana) and Canada. Eugene was also instrumental in bringing the first nuclear medicine scintillation camera to Canada in 1970.
Eugene will be remembered for his lively personality, sense of humor as well as his love for all things alive. He was known as a mean painter and an able golfer by his friends. He was described by a very dear friend who wrote, “Eugene was an astute diagnostician and a skilled General Surgeon whose humanity, good nature and humor, has put the Practice of Art into the Practice of Surgery to the benefit of his patients”.
Eugene’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to his dear friends and staff at Lakeside Manor where he spent the last 3 years with the help of We Care Home Health and for the wonderful care Eugene received from Dr. Herman Venter and the exceptional staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm during his final weeks.
Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Eugene’s Life will be held at the PRESTIGE HARBOURFRONT RESORT, 251 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm, on Friday September 23rd at 2:45 p.m. The short memorial service will be followed by a wine and cheese celebration. Charitable donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
Online condolences may be sent through Eugene’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com