Donald James Farquhar, 1933–2020

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62, No. 10, December 2020, Page 386 Obituaries

Donald James Farquhar

Our dearly beloved spouse, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully. Donald graduated from Vancouver College and then from medicine at UBC (1958) and thrived in his career in family medicine, practising in Kerrisdale and at the UBC Student Health Service, retiring as director in 1996. He served as an auxiliary medical officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force and as president of the Vancouver Medical Association, and was awarded the Dr David M. Bachop Gold Medal for Distinguished Medical Service by Doctors of BC in 2011. He was a member and president of the Probus Club of Vancouver, as well as an enthusiastic tennis player, bridge player, sailor, and world traveler. During a long and happy retirement, he and his wife, Rochelle, lived in Beach Grove and were members of the Delta Naturalists Society, the Boundary Bay Park Association, and the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society.

Donald was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his children, Doris, and by his daughter, Jacqueline; he is survived by his children, Brian (Karin), Ross (Lise, Alexander, Charles), and Stephanie (Tony, Ryder); step-sons, Richard (Fiona, Oliver, Annabelle, Thomas), and Raven (Olya); and devoted spouse, Rochelle, as well as his extended family, step-grandchildren, and special friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr Patricia Akangbou, Dr Philip Teal and the Residence at Clayton Heights for their compassionate care through the years of Donald’s final illness.

Donations may be made in Donald’s honor to the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

“We loved him and he loved us.”
—Rochelle Farquhar

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