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Dr William J Gibson

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Dr William J Gibson

Dr William J Gibson, a kind, loving, gentle and spiritual soul, passed away on June 13, 2014 from brain injuries suffered by a fall while walking the family dog on April 6 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on March 15, 1938 in Brockville, Ontario. Bill was predeceased by his father Dr William J Gibson and his mother Mary Chalmers Hamilton of Brockville.He received his MD degree from Queen’s University in 1962. He then completed a Masters Degree at McGill University in 1965 and surgical training at the Montreal General Hospital, achieving his FRCS.

In 1967, he moved west and for two years, he served as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Winnipeg. Then Bill moved further west to the University of Alberta in Edmonton as an associate professor of surgery seconded to the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

With a leave of absence, he went to Sierra Leone, West Africa as a Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) volunteer for one year. He later became president of CUSO. In 1976, he moved to Camrose, Alberta initially with the Smith Clinic and then formed his own, the Camrose Community Clinic. During that period, he was very active in the community founding the One World Institute and serving three years as a city council member. In 1990, he returned to Edmonton and joined the All Well Primary Care Clinic as an associate.

Bill leaves his wife and soul mate Virginia (Ginny). They met in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1991 and were married in Canada in 1995. He retired from his medical practice in 2004 and moved to Phoenix where he loved his life in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

He also leaves his five children, Michael (Elizabeth), Carolyn (Craig), Diana (Dave), Steven, Ginger (Alistair) and grandchildren in Canada and Ginny’s five children, Connie (Steve), Michelle (Ken), Denise (John), Yvette (Brian), Timothy (Meredith) and grandchildren in the United States.

Any donations can be directed to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 2020 North Central Ave, Suite 170, Phoenix, AZ 85004 in his name or to Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L3N5 (Queen’s Meds of 1962).

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17 Memories to “Dr William J Gibson”

  1. diana gibson says:

    My dad was a gentle man who enjoyed each day. I am sad at his loss but consoled that he died holding the hand of the love of his life and with children around. I had precious days with him in April when he showed such spirit despite his health challenges.

  2. michelle hall says:

    My family and I are grateful for enjoying Bill’s gracious company for many years. We appreciate his warm and easy going demeanor and are thankful we were able to share a lot of special memories with him.

  3. Carolyn Whittaker says:

    Dad brought together a wonderful warm family, he is missed.

  4. Dave Thompson says:

    I enjoyed my times with Bill. He was kind and warm, and took a genuine interest in other people. He was also a man of learning and culture, and an engaging conversationalist. My thoughts are with you, Ginny.

  5. Ginger Gibson says:

    I think of classical music and painting and his great love of his wife Ginny – I am humbled by the interests and spirituality of my father. Some of his gifts I am only understanding now in his absence. My love to all who were touched by his kindness. Ginger

  6. Denise and John says:

    We loved and will miss Bill’s quiet and intelligent demeanor. We will always remember our visits with him and how hospitable, gracious and kind he was. Bill had a wonderful voice and we loved hearing him sing hymns in church. His paintings were beautiful, too. He was a true artist. May he rest in peace. Love Denise, John and Matthew

  7. Denise and John says:

    We loved and will miss Bill’s quiet and intelligent demeanor. He was always kind and gracious to us during our visits. We enjoyed going to church with him because he sang the hymns beautifully. His paintings were wonderful and had a unique style to them — just like Bill. Bill was a true artist and a gentleman. May he rest in peace. Love, Denise, John and Matthew

  8. Connie Hauskins says:

    Steve and I will miss Bill very much. He was always so gracious to our family. He treated mom with his gentle loving ways and made her so happy and loved the last 23 years.

  9. Connie Hauskins says:

    Bill will be missed. He loved mom so much and was so kind and loving to her. Our family was so fortunate to have him in our lives the last 23 years.

  10. Connie Hauskns says:

    Bill will be missed very much. He was an important part of our family as he loved mom very much and made her so happy for the past 23 years. We enjoyed our times spent with Bill.

  11. Connie Hauskins says:

    Bill was a wonderful man who loved my mother very much for the past 23 years. He will be missed.

  12. James and Marie Canfield says:

    Dr. Bill was our Dr. in Camrose, Alberta and he was the best.. Also a good friend, We think of him often. Our condolences to the family and friends

  13. Chad, Kristina, Zach, Zoe & Zada says:

    We will cherish our memories we had with Bill. Always a kind and gentle man who will be missed by so many.

  14. Carrol says:

    I first met Bill when he volunteered to serve abroad with CUSO. He stayed in touch with the CUSO office where I worked. I left the CUSO office in 1978 and worked as a medical secretary at the Community Clinic in Camrose. During this time Bill built a new house on the river hill south of Camrose. My husband was on the carpentry crew that built that house. Bill was my Dad’s doctor and performed a huge favour when he sang at my Grandmother’s funeral. We have many fond memories of Bill. With sympathy to the Gibson families. Carrol

  15. Wendy Flemming (Camrose, Alberta) says:

    I am sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was my doctor when he lived in Camrose and I am forever grateful for the care that he gave me. He was a true friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.. Your spirit is free,, Live on in the hearts of all the people that you touched over the years,

  16. Norm & Judy Astley says:

    Bill may you rest in peace in gods hands. We will always remember having you for a neighbour in Woodridge Heights (Camrose) and our many impromptu visits as well as caring for our family over the years in your professional and caring way.

  17. Jerry Simon says:

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We were classmates in Meds ’62 at Queen’s. I subsequently saw him on only a few occasions during our periodic class reunions, but was always struck by his quietly pleasant demeanour and lack of ego despite his accomplishments. My condolences and best wishes to his family.

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