After a courageous battle with prostate cancer, Dr Gordon Heydon passed away peacefully in Chemainus with his family by his side.
Born in Victoria, Gordon graduated from South Burnaby High in 1946 and went on to receive an honors degree in bacteriology and immunology from UBC. In 1950 he was accepted into the first class of the University of British Columbia’s new School of Medicine.
He was especially proud to be president of his medical school graduating class, and was responsible for the class motto Hi primi viam monstraverunt, or “these first showed the way.”
After receiving his medical degree in 1954 and completing his internship at Vancouver General Hospital, he moved with his young family to Chemainus where he practised medicine for almost 45 years. He was a highly regarded and much-loved family doctor, practising at a time when making house calls, delivering babies, giving anesthetics, and performing surgeries was the norm for a general practitioner in a small town.
In 2002, he was the recipient of a Canadian Medical Association commendation awarded to senior physicians of distinction.
He remained busy in retirement, pursuing his interests in travel, photography, videography, jazz music, computers, and desktop publishing. He always had projects on the go and loved working around his home and property. He cherished time spent with family and friends, particularly enjoying his role as Grandpa.
Gordon will lovingly be remembered for his kind, caring, and selfless ways; his generosity, sense of humor, intelligence, and abilities; and his love and dedication to his family, friends, profession, and community. He was our rock.
Gordon was predeceased by his parents, George and Ivy Heydon; survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra; son Keith (Denise); daughter Elizabeth (Mark); and cherished grandchildren Spencer and Georgia Bennett. He is also survived by the MacCarthys—brothers-in-law Jim and Parker (Barbara), nephews Parker (Virginia, Cameron, Alexandra), John (Melanie, Elle, Clinton), Steven (Debbie, Chris, Kelly), Greg (Precious), niece, Jane, and step grandson, Bryce Bennett.
Over 500 people from far and wide attended his celebration of life in the small town of Chemainus.
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