Bill MacEwan was born in Nelson, B.C. on February 3, 1921 and died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on April 6, 2004. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and doctor, who enriched the lives of those he touched with his honesty, intelligence and humour.
Bill is survived by his wife Georgina who was the love of his life. Throughout their 56 years of marriage, she provided the foundation from which he thrived.
Bill and Georgie had 3 children; Jane, Anne and Bill. He taught his children to embrace life and gave them the strength to endure difficult times. He was so happy to have Phil, David and Debra marry into the family. His grandchildren Chris, Willie, Lisa, Matt, Adam, Katie, Sarah, Justin, Jamie and Jordan were a constant source of joy.
Bill’s professional life as an obstetrician and gynecologist was extremely satisfying. His partnerships with Fred Saunders and John Booth as well as his work at the Salvation Army Grace Hospital were highlights. People who worked with him will remember parties at Point Roberts with clam chowder and loads of “coffee” from the pump house. He was a clinical associate professor for the U.B.C.School of Medicine, chief of staff for Grace Hospital and oversaw its transition to Women’s Hospital and served as president of the Pacific Northwest Obstetrical and Gynecological Association.
Bill’s sense of humour was one of his most endearing qualitites. The last two weeks of his life were very sad for his family. How typical it was for him to create laughter to help them cope.
Bill was blessed with many good friends. Nelson, Point Roberts, Nico Wynd and Medical communites were very important to him. Bill’s legacy is exemplified by the way his family coped with his illness. It was a time of sharing love, laughter and memories.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grant Gibbings and the Palliative Program. In honor of Bill’s memory, please consider a donation to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation for Pallative Care. A small farewell to Bill was held at his home shortly after his death.