Victor Cecil Shultz B.A., M.D., C.M. With great sadness, the family announces that Dr. Victor Shultz passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 in the Delta View Habilitation Centre.
Vic was born in Delia, Alberta on February 12, 1914. The youngest of five siblings, he started his career as a druggist’s assistant in Vegreville, a town about 130 km southeast of Edmonton, where he married Ann Eaton in 1934; their son, Clayton, was born five years later.
Vic joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II and achieved the rank of Flight Lieutenant, serving as a flying instructor.
After the War, despite the fact that he had only a grade ten education, he decided to pursue his ambition to become a physician. Taking advantage of the generous Department of Veterans’ Affairs program, he completed his high school education, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1949 and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1953.
Ann supported him throughout this arduous process and was recognized as the “Medical Student’s Wife of the Year” when Vic graduated.
Vic and Ann, with Clayton, moved to the West Coast, the region of Canada that they loved best, where Vic interned at the Vancouver General Hospital. He then commenced a family practice in the Fraserview district in the southeast area of the city, with Ann as his able assistant.
After a few years of private practice, Vic accepted a position as a Medical Pensions Examiner for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver where he remained until his retirement in 1979.
Vic and Ann enjoyed many activities and interests during their long, happy 68 year marriage: the 100 Dance Club, lawn bowling, curling, rock-hounding with the Lapidary Society of Vancouver, woodworking, photography and needlework.
They travelled extensively, with trips to the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Tahiti, the Caribbean, and South America. As well, after Vic’s retirement, for as long as they could travel, they spent two months a year in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Victor is survived by his beloved wife Ann, son Clayton and daughter-in-law Donna, granddaughter Elizabeth Hunter and her family, husband David and son Lachlan, and grandson Stirling and his family, wife Teresa and daughter Evelyn. Predeceased by his sister Mary and his brothers Mike and Jim, he will be lovingly remembered by his brother Aubrey in Red Deer, Alberta, brother-in-law W.M. (Tim) Eaton and his wife Daisy in Richmond, B.C. sisters-in-law Babs Eaton in Innisfail, Alberta, Ethel Eaton Ward in Edmonton, and Betty Eaton in Richmond, together with numerous nieces and nephews in Alberta and B.C.
The family wishes to thank Dr. David Anderson, Dr. David Gayton, Dr. John Todd, and Ms. Pat Kinghorn, Social Worker at Peace Arch Hospital, and the nursing staff on the fifth and sixth floors for their caring attention to Dad throughout his five month hospital stay in White Rock, B.C.
Thanksgiving for Vic’s life and love will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at the Kearney Funeral Home, 1096 West Broadway, Vancouver with Captain David Grice, Pastor of the Salvation Army, officiating. A reception will follow at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver.
If you wish, please send donations in Vic’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. or the Salvation Army, in lieu of flowers.