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GEORGE WILLIAM NELSON MULLIGAN, MD, FRCS(c) Overcome with sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. G. William Mulligan. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 51 years, Lillian (nee Olafsson); children, William (Linda), John (Tammy), Jill (Robert) and Bryan (Carla); grandchildren, Lori, Lonie, Khelie, Ryan, Kevin, Trevor, Tanner, Lexy, Layne, Kendall, Connor, Katie and Max. He will be missed by his sisters Linda and Audrey and their families. Also left to mourn are the children of his late brother who Dr. Mulligan and his wife Lillian helped raise during their formative years: Connor (Linda) and their children Sean, Scott, Jamie, Jera; Angela (Jeff), Jason, Holly; Kathy (Nino) and Jackie (Garth). Many nieces, nephews and friends were also foremost in his life, including Lars (Kathy) and their children Eric and Maria, and inturn will miss him deeply. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Jackie and Gerald, and beloved daughter Bonnie. Bill was born October 12, 1926, in Grandview, Manitoba, the eldest child of John George and Keturah (Kate) Mulligan. He had to leave school at a young age to assist his father, but with the guidance of Jack N. Belton, then principal of Grandview Collegiate, he returned to school to complete grade 12 and go on to university. Dr. Mulligan graduated with an M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1955, and began to practice in Ste. Rose du Lac under Dr. R.L. Gendreau. He also practiced for three years in Neepawa during which time he purchased an airplane, obtained his pilot's license and learned to fly. Dr. Mulligan left practice in 1961, for postgraduate training in the United Kingdom at the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Accident and Rehabilitation Hospital. He then completed his training at McGill University in Montreal. While at McGill he took the Master of Surgery Program and did pioneer research in clinical shock under Dr. Lloyd MacLean, Professor and Head, Department of Surgery. The program promoted the development of Surgical Intensive Care Units worldwide. His postgraduate training satisfied the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to sit for the Fellowship examinations in both General and Orthopedic surgery. He was awarded membership in the Royal College of Surgeons in the fall of 1969. . Subsequently, he returned to Winnipeg to the position of Head of the Emergency Department and surgical consultant to the Intensive Care Unit at Health Sciences Centre. As a proud member of the University of Manitoba Department of Surgery he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. Following training at the University of Southern California, Dr. Mulligan founded and directed the University of Manitoba Road Safety Research Unit (1973 to 1992) which conducted on scene investigations of road traffic collisions. For years he lobbied for mandatory seatbelt and motorcycle helmet use legislation, eventually introduced in 1984, by the Manitoba legislature. Following retirement from surgical practice he worked as a consultant to the Worker's Compensation Board, retiring in 2000. Bill and Lillian did not stop there, they went on to build and operate Hidden River Country House a Bed Breakfast and banquet facility in Middlechurch, West St. Paul. There he was able to enjoy his many guests, musicians and valued friendships with staff, especially Susan. G.W.'s interests included animal welfare and architecture, but his greatest passion was for music He was a member of the Assiniboia Concert Band and loved to see his grandchildren perform musically. He was convinced of the power of music to evoke the love that could cure the world's ills and did his best to support the local music scene. If music be the food of love, play on.... - William Shakespeare The Mulligan family invites friends and family touched by Bill's life to a celebration Monday, June 25 at Hidden River Country House, 3615 Main St. West St. Paul, MB, beginning at 3:00 p.m..
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 16, 2012
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