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Born: May 29, 1923

Date of Passing: Jul 16, 2014

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JAMES CHILTON HAWORTH MD, FRCPC FRCP (Lond) Died peacefully on July 16, 2014 after a short illness. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Marian (Bowser) and his four children, Elizabeth (Julian Hatherell), Peter (Julie Legal), Margaret (Brian Brockman), and Anne (Troy Rich), and 14 grandchildren: Rachael (Daniel Minuk), Avril, Imogen, Emily, Fiona, Spencer, Dashiel, Gwenyth, Charles, Nicole, Ashley, Taylor, Marianne and Veronica. He was predeceased by his parents Sir Norman and Lady Violet Haworth, his brother David, and an infant son Jonathan Howard. Jim was born in Newcastle, England, May 29, 1923, and grew up in Berkswell. He attended Shrewsbury School. During the Second World War he studied Medicine at Birmingham University and then held postgraduate posts in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the General and Children's Hospitals in Birmingham. He did his military service in the Royal Navy 1947 -1949 as a ship's doctor. Following that, he pursued his specialty of pediatrics, training in London and Cincinnati. He took his MRCP in Hammersmith, and soon after he and Marian were married in 1951 he began practicing in Liverpool and then Sheffield. In 1957 Jim was invited to come to practice at the Winnipeg Clinic. Within a few years he focused on his research and took up positions at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital and the University of Manitoba. He conducted groundbreaking research on mothers and newborns, including the effects of maternal smoking and maternal diabetes on infants. He was an expert in children's malnutrition and metabolic disorders, with his research including sabbaticals in South Africa, Uganda and Australia. Jim was the Head of Pediatrics from 1979-1985, during the time of the Children's Hospital expansion, and Chair of the Canadian Pediatric Society Nutrition Committee in 1970. He was a lecturer and examiner for many medical students in Winnipeg, and he was author or co-author of numerous professional papers, review articles and book chapters. Following his retirement in 1992, Jim became the Executive Director of the Medical Services Research Foundation for 10 years. In his spare time he helped with archiving the history of the Children's Hospital in Winnipeg. Jim was an avid reader and gardener; he loved board games, classical music and opera. He collected Canadian and British stamps as well as British coins. Jim and Marian loved travelling and their many trips took them around the world as well as throughout North America. Jim drew up several family trees and he and Marian were in frequent contact with their many nieces and nephews, as well as extended family. Sunday teas, birthdays and holidays were all special occasions for the family to gather and to be quizzed by Jim on history, recite nonsense poems and play games. The Haworth family is extremely grateful to the staff at St. Boniface General Hospital for their care. Services will be held July 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 3 St. Vital Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Hospital Research Foundation. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 19, 2014

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Jim was a true gentleman whose contributions to the investigation of IEM, the treatment of several difficult disorders, and above all his compassion towards patients and his respect for his colleagues were truly remarkable. - Posted by: Joe Clarke (Colleague) on: Jan 28, 2015

  • Jim was a pioneer in the field of Inborn Errors of Metabolism, for which he was internationally recognized. He was a leader in pediatrics in Canada, and a kind, hospitable and generous man, always ready to encourage others. He will be missed. George Davidson (colleague) - Posted by: George Davidson (Colleague) on: Sep 11, 2014

  • I have the utmost respect and gratitude for Dr Haworth as one of our (U of M Med School Class 1968) Pediatric teachers and later as a dear colleague at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital. We shared a passion for pediatric nutrition and later the Children's Hospital Archives. Jim was SO dedicated to the Children's Hospital, its archives, sound research and excellence in patient care. We reminisced often about our mutual experiences in the U of Birmingham Medical School (UK), his alma mater and my place of clinical research for two years. Rest in peace Jim. You were a great person, mentor and colleague. - Posted by: Ray Postuma (Mentee, Colleague, Friend) on: Jul 28, 2014

  • Jim was a good listener, always interested in what others were doing. Fascinated by the latest developments in medical research. He will be missed. - Posted by: Klaus Wrogemann (Colleague and Friend) on: Jul 23, 2014

  • I was saddened to read of Dr. Haworth's passing. I enjoyed the many years that I worked with both Dr. and Mrs. Haworth planning their wonderful journeys around the world. Dr. Haworth was a true gentleman and a very gracious man. My condolences to Mrs. Haworth and the family. - Posted by: Judy McIvor (Former Travel Agent) on: Jul 23, 2014

  • Enjoyed working with Dr. Hawarth. Enjoyed his witty stories very much and also enjoyed traveling with him and Marian. He was an extremely intelligent man, very much a gentleman, and just a wonderful person to spend time with. He will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Sandy and Kerry Bittner (We travelled with Marian and Dr Hawarth while he was head of the MMSF. Kerry was President of Mb Bl) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Haworth's passing. We have memories of many wonderful and very stimulating visits with both Dr. Haworth and his dear wife Marion. A true gentleman. Our condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Rodney Briggs and Robin Pascoe (family friend) on: Jul 21, 2014

  • Jim Haworth was a wonderful mentor and friend who was the first to introduce me to the field of inherited metabolic disease. His focus on research and improvement of diagnostic procedures continues to be a great source of encouragement throughout my career. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Lorne and Marietta Seargeant (Co-worker and colleague) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • So many happy memories of family get-togethers in the UK. Jim always took his games of Monopoly very seriously and was genuinely affronted if anyone bought a property he was after! - Posted by: Phyllis Crowley (Cousin) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • A true gentleman and a respected physician, he was very much somebody who was an inspiration to those around him. His mentorship and advice was given without hesitation, and will always stay with me. His gentle presence will be missed. May his soul rest in peace. - Posted by: Asuri Prasad (Colleague and Mentee) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • I had the pleasure and honor of working with Jim for many years at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital as Head of Pediatric Surgery. We tackled many issues together and Jim was always a delight to work with! He had a dry sense of humor that always surfaced at just the right moment! My condolences to Marian and the family.Jim's contributions were many and valued. Per ardua ad astra. Merv Letts - Posted by: Merv Letts (Friend and Colleague) on: Jul 20, 2014

  • I worked for many years for Dr. Haworth when he was associated with the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation & Manitoba Blue Cross. Always a gentleman and a scholar of the highest degree !! I always had great respect for him. I highly respected him. A great person. Very witty and a joy to work with. Rest in peace Dr. Haworth - I enjoyed my years of working for you. - Posted by: Judy Pitolay (worked for him) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • What a wonderful man! I only met him a handful of times, in the neighbourhood or when I was over at the house, and he was always very kind. He will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to all the Haworth family members. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (family friend) on: Jul 19, 2014

  • Dr. Howarth was the first doctor to look at our first child, Mary-Ellen. She was born in Winnipeg on August 22, 1959. He was so gentle and so helpful to me. - Posted by: Ellen Donald (Patient) on: Jul 19, 2014

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