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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