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Date of Passing: Feb 15, 2016

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DR. FRANK GUNSTON CM, BSc.Eng(E), MD, FRCS(C), Orthopaedic Surgeon (retired) Frank passed away peacefully at his home in Brandon on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the age of 82. Lovingly remembered by Sharleen, his wife of 47 years, his children John of Brandon and Jennifer of Winnipeg, sisters Joan (Seaforth) Lyle of Naples, FL and Judy (Terrence) Grandstaff of Virginia Beach, VA, his extended family and friends. Born in Flin Flon, MB, the oldest child of Leonard and Myrtle (nee Anderson) Gunston, Frank attended the University of Manitoba, and gained his Engineering degree in 1957, and his MD in 1963. During further study in England, he designed and developed a revolutionary total knee prosthesis. Numerous achievements and accolades followed, including the McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship (Sweden and Finland, 1971-72), Assistant Professorship (Surgery, Orthopaedics) at the U of M Faculty of Medicine, active appointments at Winnipeg General Hospital, the Children's Centre, the Manitoba Rehab Hospital, and later practice in Orthopaedics and joint replacement at Brandon General Hospital. He received the Principal Manning Award for Innovation (1989) for the knee prosthesis, was named Distinguished Surgeon by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (1994), received the Order of Canada (1997), and the Manitoba Medical Association Scholastic Award (1998). Following his retirement in 2000, he also received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Frank's other passions included building scale live steam engines, restoring antique cars, his love of dogs, and playing music - having played trumpet since high school, and being a long-standing member of many bands and local community ensembles. A Service of Remembrance will take place at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6 or to Funds for Furry Friends, #208 - 740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel, Brandon, 1.855.727.0330.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2016

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I am saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Frank Gunston. I learnt a lot from him during my Orthopaedic Residency at U of M. I even had the privilege of being invited to the basement of his house or what was his workshop, where he machined the total knee joint parts that we put in patients. I cannot forget how clean and immaculate it was despite the fact that he had a lathe, milling machine, bench drill and other machines and tools. Most impressive were the 3 Steam Engine models he had built , all shiny and new! Beautiful work. My deepest condolences to Dr Gunston's family, friends, and colleagues. - Posted by: Dr. Davinder Bhachu( Orthopaedic Surgeon) (Resident) on: Feb 28, 2016

  • I took biomed engineering in my 4th year of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Gunston was a guest lecturer on the Gunston knee. He brought in a film and when he showed it, some students were sick. it showed how he did the knee replacement. He said "you don't have to be a good doctor, just a good carpenter". It struck me that as a victim of knee problems due to high school track injuries, I would be an eventual candidate for the Gunston knee. Dr. Gunston was one of the few strong memories that I have of my four years in engineering. - Posted by: Grant Wichenko (student in 1974) on: Feb 23, 2016

  • There are fond memories of July 1968, when Dr Jim Mills and I assisted Frank at St Boniface Hospital with the first polycentric total knee arthroplasty. Frank used his engineering skills to make the steel and plastic components in the Rehabilitation Engineering Dept in the basement of the Rehab Hospital. In subsequent years, Frank was the "Go To" surgeon for finding solutions to challenging arthroplasty problems. The honours he has received were well deserved, many times over. Rest in peace, Frank. - Posted by: Dr David Lyttle (Orthopaedic Colleague) on: Feb 20, 2016

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