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DR. JAMES LAKE ASSELSTINE

Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2015

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DR. JAMES LAKE ASSELSTINE Dr. James Lake Asselstine, age 94, passed away peacefully at River Park Gardens Personal Care Home on March 21, 2015. James is survived by his children, Lionel (Winnipeg), Karey Shinn (Orangeville, ON; married to Nick Shinn), Norman (Kelowna, BC; married to Leslie Adey), Margit (Toronto, ON; married to Douglas Anweiler), and Maralee (Guelph, ON; married to Alain Lapalme - deceased). He is further survived by his grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Eric, Zoe, Caitlin, Elise, and Briele, as well as great-granddaughter, Jaden. James was predeceased by his parents, brother Wilbert, sister Grace (Newell), and wife Asta. James was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1921 and grew-up in St. Catharines, Ontario. James had a long and pioneering career as a psychiatrist and medical administrator in Winnipeg. James found his direction early when during his medical school internships he recognized that the physical symptoms of many young soldiers returning from the Second World War were in fact psychosomatic and rooted in the mental trauma from the experience of war. This insight led directly to his decision to specialize in psychiatry and dedicate his career to improving the lives of both children and adults. He graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1944 and moved to Manitoba in 1948 to begin his pioneering practice in psychotropic treatment at the Selkirk Mental Hospital (Psychiatry), where he soon met his wife, a teaching nurse, Asta Kvarvet. James and Asta were married December 30, 1949 in Medora, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg in 1951 when James became the founding Director of the Child Guidance Clinic of Greater Winnipeg. James held this role until the early 1970's, at which time he moved into shorter terms at the Alcohol Foundation of Manitoba and the Department of Health and Welfare. James' last position was held at the Victoria General Hospital where he worked with a team of psychiatrists treating individuals until his retirement at age 71. James loved to travel. He visited many countries but clearly had a preference for the warmer climates and long sandy beaches. He also made frequent trips within Canada to visit his out-of-province children and grandchildren. Although James's demeanor was generally quiet and formal, he will always be remembered for his sharp wit, unique sense of humour and love for music and playing the piano. Special thanks to Michelle Stanton and Dorothy Courage for their excellent support and care of James in his later years, and to the staff at River Park Gardens. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
Publish Date: Mar 28, 2015

DR. JAMES LAKE ASSELSTINE Dr. James Lake Asselstine, age 94, passed away peacefully at River Park Gardens Personal Care Home on March 21, 2015. Dr. Asselstine is survived by his children, Lionel (Winnipeg), Karey Shinn (Orangeville, ON), Norman (Kelowna, BC), Margit (Toronto, ON), and Maralee (Guelph, ON). He is further survived by his grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Caitlin, Elise, and Briele, as well as, great-granddaughter Jaden. A public viewing will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Special thanks to Michelle Stanton and Dorothy Courage for their excellent support and care, and, to all of the staff at River Park Gardens. Family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.A.D.D. or World Wildlife Foundation. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
Publish Date: Mar 24, 2015

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2015

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dr. and Mrs. Asselstine were very kind to my mother during her various tribulations, and his encouragement and letters of reference were instrumental in helping me receive the scholarships that enabled me to go to university. I am sorry to hear of his passing and wish his family all the best. - Posted by: Karl Pfeifer, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, now living in Melbourne, (family friend) on: May 21, 2016

  • To "Dr A"'s family, My father was sincerely appreciative of the call from Lionel I presume, upon your father's passing away. My Dad Robert Scarth was very fond of your father and admired his progressive ideas and work as a psychiatrist. Dad has a few stories he would like to share with you which will come in a letter to the family some day. Our sincere belated condolences. I wanted you to know your father held a special place in my Dad's life and work. He will be fondly remembered by our family as "Dr A". Sincerely, Lorna Sanderson The Pas MB. - Posted by: Lorna Sanderson (daughter of a colleague of Dr. Asseltine ) on: Apr 21, 2015

  • RIP Doctor ASSELSTINE as you were a very caring and understanding as the years I have known you as a young child thank you for all the help and support that you have given me from the time I seen you till the time you left Victoria hospital God bless you and you are going to be missed thanks again. And also my thoughts go out to your family. - Posted by: karen neumann (paitent) on: Mar 28, 2015

  • I knew Dr. Asselstine for only a few months when he was residing at Shaftsbury Park Retirement Home and I worked at the reception desk. I always enjoyed seeing him as he always had a smile and a kind and pleasant word for everyone. What a true gentleman. - Posted by: Linda Rodgers (friend) on: Mar 25, 2015

  • I have been so fortunate to have known Dr. James and his family. I will miss our conversations when out for our drives. RIP I will miss you. - Posted by: michelle stanton (companion) on: Mar 25, 2015

  • I have only known Dr. James personally for the last 3 years but knew him many years ago when he was practicing at the Victoria Hospital and he was a very fine gentleman. He had a wonderful, quiet sense of humour and was so knowledgable about so many things. He was so interested in all the things going on in the city, new buildings, the new football field, our new museum and loved his daily outings with his very close friend Michelle. She was so good to him and he enjoyed being in her company more than anyone knew. Rest in peace Dr. James, you deserve it. My condolences to Lionel and Maralee and the whole family. - Posted by: Sue Heim (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2015

  • Jim was a founder member of CAID - Citizens Against Impaired Driving - founded by my husband and myself in 1981. I was always so grateful for his help and wisdom. My condolences to his family. He was a true gentleman and will be missed. Margaret Taylor. - Posted by: Margaret Taylor (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2015

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