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DR. WILLIAM D. BOWMAN  Obituary pic


Born: May 24, 1925

Date of Passing: Mar 02, 2011

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DR. WILLIAM D. BOWMAN William David Bowman was born in Winnipeg to Dr. Maxwell Bowman and Marjorie Bowman on May 24, 1925. He was one of identical twins. His twin passed away on May 22, 2005. Bill died after a long illness on March 2, 2011. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years (Peggy / Margaret). He is also survived by his six children, Dr. Paul (Lois), Dr. Nancy, Dr. Susan Canham (Bill), Bruce (Lisa), John (Barbara) and Brian. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all much loved. Bill and his twin brother, Jack, graduated M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1949. Bill always took great pride in the eminence that Jack achieved in the field of Rh disease treatment and prevention. Bill took pride also in the fact that three of his children and four of his grandchildren followed him in the study of medicine and became successful physicians. Bill's love of children led to his decision to devote himself to the study and practice of pediatrics. Following a rotating internship in 1948-1949 he spent two years in pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital, Winnipeg, and a third year as a fellow in pathology at the same hospital. In 1952 he was granted a Nuffield travelling fellowship and spent the following two years in the United Kingdom in Newcastle upon Tyne in the pediatric department of Sir James Spence. This was a wonderful educational experience. Bill and Peggy returned to Winnipeg in May of 1954 and Bill joined Dr. Harry Medovy in pediatric practice. Bill passed his Royal College exams and was certified as a specialist in pediatrics. In 1964 he received his fellowship in the Canadian Royal College of Physicians. In 1955 Bill established the department of pediatrics at the Manitoba Clinic where he practiced pediatrics until his retirement in 1998. At the time of his retirement he left a thriving department of 13 pediatricians. Bill was a member of the active medical staff of the Children's Hospital Winnipeg and of the Grace General Hospital. He served for several years as president of the medical staff in both hospitals. Bill was active in pediatric teaching at the University of Manitoba. He retired from the university in 1990 with the rank of Professor. He loved teaching and enjoyed contact with medical students. In 1995 he was the recipient of the Dr. Leighton N. Young Distinguished Pediatrician Award, Department of Pediatrics. Bill was active in the community. He served on the board of Directors of the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation from 1971 until his death. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Manitoba Blue Cross from 1975 to 1999 and was chairman of that board from 1979 to 1986. Bill loved Victoria Beach and spent many happy days at the cottage. Bill had an interest in model railroading for over 50 years. He loved steam engines and had a collection of over 30 HO steam locomotives. They all ran very well on his model industrial switching railroad and he spent many happy hours with his trains. Service at St. Andrews United Church, 255 Oak St., at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, Rev. Karen Lumley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Health Foundation of Manitoba, CE501 840 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB. Bill was very fortunate. He had a long, happy and successful life. He loved and was loved by his dear wife Peggy and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2011

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Dr. Bowman was my doctor when I was a kid. I had a lot of issues but he never made me feel I was too much for him. He also had seen a previous generation in my family, so he was very important in our family's care. Even when I went into foster care, he still followed me and even saw me one final time after I turned 18 as an exception, because he was retiring and I didn't have a doctor. I voiced that I was supposed to be a boy when I was very young, and Dr. Bowman being ahead of his time, heard me out and validated me even though my mother didn't. That's who he was...he didn't give up on anyone and really genuinely cared about his patients. I've grew up to work in mental health & substance use (also for a while in pre-hospital emerg care) and always have felt tremendously grateful for his care. The way he worked certainly has informed my openness and care of clients I care for. He was kind, had a good sense of humour and I loved the jelly beans lol. Loved the bowties too! - Posted by: Ryan Jarman (Patient) on: May 08, 2022

  • What a treasure to have him as my childhood doctor! I am now 53 and will always respect, admire and remember him as a person who truly cared, encouraged and rewarded good behaviour, with yes jelly beans. Something I carry forward and enjoy to this day. Candy for the kids and adults, just because. - Posted by: Mark Miller (Patient) on: Mar 03, 2022

  • He was my doctor for a very long time. He helped me live and have a life, yes the bow ties and the awesome jelly beans (black ones) were a great reward for being brave for the needles. Heaven has a awesome doctor and I have wonderful, memories of a guy, doctor, life saver to always remember. Will be missed but never forgotten. - Posted by: Jason Warren (Patient) on: Mar 28, 2018

  • Dr. Bowman wasn't a tall man but to a child he was larger than life. As other former patients have said, he had a gentle manner, with a calm, deep voice and he rewarded kids for good behaviour with his jelly bean jar. He was also very good at calming hysterical parents. I recall not wanting his nurse to give me a needle and he calmly said, "it's up to you, either she gives you the needle or I do". Somehow, it seemed she was the better choice. I too stayed on with him until I was about 16 years old because I trusted him and felt safe in his office and I really didn't want to leave. His bow ties were fantastic and I somehow feel that his era has passed, which saddens me. Thank you Dr. Bowman. Your legacy and the rich medical legacy of your brother and children lives on. - Posted by: Michael Barker-Fyfe (Patient) on: Sep 27, 2016

  • He was a loving man. I am 41 now but I still remember his Jelly Bean jar. - Posted by: Jonas Jordanov (Patient) on: Jun 24, 2016

  • Dr. Bowman was a great doctor. I always loved his jelly beans! He's the reason I went into medicine! Rest in peace. - Posted by: David haligowski (Patient) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • Dr. Bowman was an amazing Dr! I looked forward to seeing him. He was such a kind and gentle soul. His bow tie and jelly beans will remain a wonderful childhood memory! RIP to the greatest Dr. - Posted by: Sonia Dhami (Patient ) on: Feb 16, 2015

  • He was my pediatrician and I loved his bow tie, his gentle manner, and his jelly beans. - Posted by: Stephanie Briggs (Patient) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Dr. Bowman was an awesome doctor. I also remember the bowtie and candy. He was always patient with me & let me stay as a his patient till I was 16 years old cause I didn't feel ready to see my family doctor. He told my mom I can stay as his patient till I was ready. :-) - Posted by: Harriet Henderson (patient) on: Oct 07, 2014

  • He was my pediatrisan .... We was a great doctor ... I always loved his bow tie and the candy :) - Posted by: Michael j lewchuk (Patient ) on: Jun 29, 2014

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