Walter Barry Lipsett

Walter Barry Lipsett

Dad was born in Kamsack Saskatchewan to John and Estelle Lipsett – exactly one year to the day of his older brother Jack. Dad grew up in Kamsack and then attended the University of Manitoba and received his MD in 1953. While at University he met the love of his life, Phyllis. They were married in 1953. Dad interned at Vancouver General Hospital and then practiced at Pioneer Mines in BC. In 1959, the family moved to Vancouver where Dad completed his General Surgery. In 1960, the family moved to Salmon Arm where Dad joined the practice of Dr. John Alexander and Dad’s medical school classmate, Dr. Ralph Williams.

Dad helped set-up the local ambulance system and created an intensive care unit at Shuswap Lake Hospital. He worked as both a General Practioner and Surgeon – and ended up delivering a lot of the babies born at the hospital. He enjoyed being educated in new techniques and procedures and was more than willing to share his learnings with his fellow Doctors. Medical colleagues used Dad as a sounding board and appreciated his experience, advice and knowledge. Dad also really valued the Hospital and Medical Clinic staff and nurses whom he worked with.

Dad had two business partners– Dr. John Henderson and Dr. Ralph Williams – together they managed the Salmon Arm Medical Clinic and other ventures. In 1996 Dad officially retired after 43 years of practicing medicine.

Ralph Williams once said Dad “was either getting ready to go hunting, has gone hunting, or is just coming back after his hunting trip”. Dad had many outdoor adventures – camping, hunting, fishing or horseback riding with his children, grandchildren and his many friends. It was his joy taking his horses with his hunting partners up to the top of a mountain to chase deer, moose, sheep or goats.

Dad was also one of the first members of the Salmon Arm Old-timers Hockey Club. Every Wednesday at 9:00 pm was hockey time. He played in many tournaments with the team – including one old-timers tournament with his son’s when he was 65.

Dad and Mom retired to their place at the lake. They fit in travel to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii. Dad filled his days with wood working projects and teaching his grandkids how to build and use wood working tools. He also provided driving lessons in the “pasture”. Dad loved to have his family come and spend time with him and Mom at “The Beach”.

Dad was predeceased by Phyllis in 2004 and he is lovingly missed by his family – Burke and son Brendan, Janet and John and sons Spencer and David and Jeff and Cathy and their kids, Alex, Bobby and Erika.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wood and Dr. Jones and the staff of We Care and Picadilly Place for the amazing care you all provided to Dad these past few years. Your compassion, caring and understanding helped so much.

Donations can be made to the Shuswap Hospital Society.

A service in Dad’s memory will be held at 1:00 pm June 18, 2016 at the Gathering Place, 350 30th St NE, Salmon Arm, BC

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