With heavy hearts we mark the passing of our beloved father, Dr Alfred Michael Warrington, who died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, two days after his 90th birthday. Dr Warrington, known to many as Mike, is survived by his wife, Helen; his children, Richard (Tricia), Patricia (Kevin), Michael, John (Claire), Aileen (Manuel), Brian, Gail (Kirby), and Cara (David); and 14 wonderful grandchildren. Born in London, England, Dr Warrington joined the British Army in 1942, graduated from Sandhurst Military College in 1944, and was a tank commander in Montgomery’s fabled Desert Rats (Seventh Armoured Division, First Royal Tank Regiment). Narrowly escaping death or capture after his tank was hit by a bazooka during operation Market Garden in Holland in 1944, Dr Warrington remained with the British Army in Egypt until 1947. Returning to England after the war, Dr Warrington was accepted at the University of London Medical School and trained at the Middlesex Hospital. After graduation, Dr Warrington practised at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Taplow, England, where he met and fell in love with Helen Bond. They were happily married for 59 years.
With limited prospects for a young physician in England at the time, Dr Warrington answered an advertisement seeking physicians in Canada and moved with his family to Saskatchewan in 1957. After serving rural communities for 3 years, he moved to and started a medical practice in Victoria, BC. Eventually moving to Vancouver, Dr Warrington was a dedicated member of the medical community of Lions Gate Hospital for over 20 years. His passion for the military encouraged him to serve as the medical officer of the British Columbia Regiment. He then accepted command of the 12th Medical Company Reserve Unit in Vancouver and retired as commanding officer and lieutenant colonel. In honor of his long military service, Dr Warrington was chosen to be presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
Medicine was his life’s work, and Dr Warrington worked as a locum well into his 70s. After he retired, he and Helen enjoyed travel and relaxing afternoons in sunny Tsawwassen.
Michael was the true patriarch of the family and a wonderful English gentleman. He will be missed enormously and never forgotten.