Dr Edwin Alvar Osberg, 1927–2015

portrait of the late Dr. Osberg

Dr Edwin Alvar Osberg passed away on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at his home in South Granville Park Lodge, one month shy of his 88th birthday. He was predeceased in 2009 by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Gladys Osberg, and by his only brother, Roy, in 2010. He is survived by three children, Lesley (Jim) Bentein, Ted (Brenda) Osberg, and Elaine (Bruce) Oxenbury; five grandchildren, Shana (Hakan) Drinnan, Rachel (David) Metcalfe, and Krystl, Jeff, and Corey Oxenbury; three great-grandchildren, Jayden, England, and Torran Metcalfe; his devoted sisters-in-law, Joyce Bradshaw and Jean Osberg; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Ed was born on 16 March 1927 and raised in Fort Frances, Ontario. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1952, and his certification as a diagnostic radiologist in 1958. Dr Osberg worked in Winnipeg with Drs McPherson and Child, and associates for 9 years, supplying radiologic services to Winnipeg General Hospital, the Winnipeg Clinic, and the Manitoba Clinic, and concurrently worked in the University of Manitoba’s Anatomy Department as a demonstrator and lecturer. In 1966 Dr Osberg and his family moved to Vancouver where he joined Brooke Radiology Associates, which supplied radiologic services to Burnaby General, Richmond General, and Delta General Hospitals, as well as maintaining five offices throughout the province in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and Tsawwassen. Dr Osberg was with them until he retired at age 62. 

Ed earned his ham radio licence in Winnipeg, and proudly displayed his first call sign of VE4XE, which was changed to VE7AXJ when he moved to Vancouver. Ed loved hunting, boating, and fishing. He and Marge logged over 400 sea days cruising the world on various cruise lines. He was an avid bridge player, curler, lawn bowler, ham radio operator, and dedicated family man. He always had a joke to tell and a tall tale to share.

Special thanks to the staff of South Granville Park Lodge for their caring attention and service. At our parents’ request, we will co-mingle their ashes and scatter them in the ocean in tribute to their love of the sea, each other, and their family. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the charity of one’s choice, or just raise a glass in his memory. He would like that.
—Lesley Bentein
Mazatlan, Mexico
—Elaine Oxenbury
Denver, Colorado

Lesley Bentein,, Elaine Oxenbury,. Dr Edwin Alvar Osberg, 1927–2015. BCMJ, Vol. 57, No. 3, April, 2015, Page(s) 116 - Obituaries.

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