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WILLIAM REID WATERS

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2017

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WILLIAM REID WATERS Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, August 14, 2017 in St. John Brebeuf Roman Catholic Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place with Rev. Fr. Eric Giddins presiding. Interment followed in Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 3990 Portage Avenue. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Aug 19, 2017

WILLIAM REID WATERS It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. William Reid Waters on August 4, 2017. Reid was born on June 21, 1931 in Regina, SK to William O'Driscoll Waters and Susanna Dorothy Baird. A groundbreaker throughout most of his life, he entered the world almost three months early, and was one of the first babies of that era to survive at such an early age. He graduated from Campion College in Regina and was then accepted into microbiology at McGill University where he entered Medicine after only two years of the undergraduate program. Following his graduation in 1955, Reid completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at McGill. In 1962, he moved to Winnipeg to start his practice at the Winnipeg Clinic. In 1964, he helped establish a plastic surgery residency program in Winnipeg. He was an associate professor at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine for many years and became Chief of Plastic Surgery later in his career. In 1976, he was one of three Canadian plastic surgeons invited by the Chinese government to share the latest in burns care management and microsurgery. In 1974, Reid established his practice at Plastic Surgery Associates. Reid spearheaded the opening of Manitoba's first Surgery Centre for cosmetic and dental surgery, the Western Surgery Centre in 1985. He served as Head of Surgery at the Misericordia Hospital in the 1990s. He was very involved in the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and in 1981, served as its president. He was also active as Chair of the Ethics Council with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Reid was deeply interested in continuing medical education and was one of the primary crusaders for the development of an educational foundation for the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as inviting professors from all over the world to lecture annually to the Plastic Surgery residents in Winnipeg. He was a strong advocate for the best medical care, pioneered many groundbreaking surgeries and profoundly changed the lives of numerous patients. In 2007, Reid was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, an honour for his outstanding contribution to the profession of plastic surgery. In Montreal, Reid met the love of his life, Ruth Ereaux, while working at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Together they enjoyed a full and extraordinary life with four children, 12 grandchildren and four dogs. Many glorious summers were spent at Lake of the Woods with family and friends. Together, Reid and Ruth travelled the world. Reid's sharp wit and love of literature, music and art enriched all those around him. He was a perfectionist and an avid photographer, gardener and especially enjoyed planting trees for future generations to enjoy. Reid was predeceased by Ruth, and leaves behind his son Jim with William and Hayley of Guelph; daughters, Linda (Jeff Reese) with Stephen, Jennifer (Matt Simpson) and Ashley of Palo Alto; Mary (Jim Hrichishen) with Christopher, Laura, Melissa and Daniel of Winnipeg; Susan (Marcos Alvarez) with Lucas, Eric and Jonah of Ottawa and his very faithful companion Sean. The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Tower 7, Deer Lodge and his companions. Donations can be made to the Manitoba Burn Fund, (www.burnfundmb.ca/donations) and the Winnipeg Humane Society. The funeral will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Brebeuf Church.
Publish Date: Aug 9, 2017

WILLIAM REID WATERS It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. William Reid Waters on August 4, 2017. Reid was born on June 21, 1931 in Regina, SK to William O'Driscoll Waters and Susanna Dorothy Baird. A groundbreaker throughout most of his life, he entered the world almost three months early, and was one of the first babies of that era to survive at such an early age. He graduated from Campion College in Regina and was then accepted into microbiology at McGill University where he entered Medicine after only two years of the undergraduate program. Following his graduation in 1955, Reid completed his general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at McGill. In 1962, he moved to Winnipeg to start his practice at the Winnipeg Clinic. In 1964, he helped establish a plastic surgery residency program in Winnipeg. He was an associate professor at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine for many years and became Chief of Plastic Surgery later in his career. In 1976, he was one of three Canadian plastic surgeons invited by the Chinese government to share the latest in burns care management and microsurgery. In 1974, Reid established his practice at Plastic Surgery Associates. Reid spearheaded the opening of Manitoba's first Surgery Centre for cosmetic and dental surgery, the Western Surgery Centre in 1985. He served as Head of Surgery at the Misericordia Hospital in the 1990s. He was very involved in the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and in 1981, served as its president. He was also active as Chair of the Ethics Council with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Reid was deeply interested in continuing medical education and was one of the primary crusaders for the development of an educational foundation for the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as inviting professors from all over the world to lecture annually to the Plastic Surgery residents in Winnipeg. He was a strong advocate for the best medical care, pioneered many groundbreaking surgeries and profoundly changed the lives of numerous patients. In 2007, Reid was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, an honour for his outstanding contribution to the profession of plastic surgery. In Montreal, Reid met the love of his life, Ruth Ereaux, while working at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Together they enjoyed a full and extraordinary life with four children, 12 grandchildren and four dogs. Many glorious summers were spent at Lake of the Woods with family and friends. Together, Reid and Ruth travelled the world. Reid's sharp wit and love of literature, music and art enriched all those around him. He was a perfectionist and an avid photographer, gardener and especially enjoyed planting trees for future generations to enjoy. Reid was predeceased by Ruth, and leaves behind his son Jim with William and Hayley of Guelph; daughters, Linda (Jeff Reese) with Stephen, Jennifer (Matt Simpson) and Ashley of Palo Alto; Mary (Jim Hrichishen) with Christopher, Laura, Melissa and Daniel of Winnipeg; Susan (Marcos Alvarez) with Lucas, Eric and Jonah of Ottawa and his very faithful companion Sean. The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Tower 7, Deer Lodge and his companions. Donations can be made to the Manitoba Burn Fund, (www.burnfundmb.ca/donations) and the Winnipeg Humane Society. The funeral will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Brebeuf Church.
Publish Date: Aug 9, 2017

WILLIAM REID WATERS On Friday, August 4, 2017, William died at Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 86 years. A longer obituary notice will follow. Wojcik's Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com


Publish Date: Aug 5, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 19, 2017

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My thoughts are with you, as you mourn your Dad. Reid and I worked together for many years at Children's Hospital. He was always concerned for the well being of his patients and kept a very close eye on unstable burn patients. We had a good working relationship, based on mutual respect. I knew I could call him, at any time, if I had concerns about a child and he would come right away. One day he came to the unit and told me he was cancelling his surgery on an infant needing a cleft lip repair because he wasn't feeling up to par. He said, "Val, that child will have to live his life with the surgery I perform and I want it to be the best I can do for him." Even with the serious work we did, we still had some good times on the unit. Reid was always one for a bit of fun and enjoyed practical jokes! I know how much he loved his kids. He was always proud of your accomplishments. I remember lovely Christmas parties at your family home. Your Mom being such a great hostess, always interested in her guests. Your Dad bringing out some "plastic surgery" chocolate and your Mom trying to get him to put it away!! They were always so good together. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the funeral. I have been living in Milton for the past few years, to be near my grandchildren. I had some nice visits with your Dad since I moved. We had some visits when I was back in Winnipeg and a nice visit at Jim's in Guelph. Your Dad was a really good doctor and a dear friend of mine. I was very fortunate to work with him for many years. - Posted by: Val Blank (i worked with Dr. Waters at Children's Hospital) on: Aug 20, 2017

  • Dr.Waters is the only surgeon I have ever known who had a wry and clever sense of humour as well as being the best in his field. I consider myself very fortunate to have been referred to him when I was fifteen. The surgery he performed on my right wrist and hand has made it possible for me to have normal use of that hand. When I was close to forty the doctor I was seeing at the Abbott Clinic (female, she was a gynecologist) thought I had breast cancer and sent me to a general surgeon whose idea was to simply remove that breast. That seemed barbaric to me so I called Dr. Water's office to get another opinion. He saw me quickly and said he would do a very careful lumpectomy, to find out if the tumour was malignant. He did this procedure in his Western Surgery Centre. He and two other plastic surgeons were having their operating time cut down considerably by the government of the day, so they simply built their own operating theatre so they were in control of their practices. Burn work was of course still done in the hospital, and Reid Waters was a pioneer in that field. My tumour ended up being benign, so I have only a very faint scar as a reminder of that procedure. It was Dr. Waters who persuaded me that my career as a pharmaceutical representative for ROCHE pharmaceuticals was not a good life when I had been accepted at law school. I told him I had already spent four years obtaining a science degree at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and wanted to marry my fiance. He said in his kind and understanding way that if this fellow was objecting to me having a complete education he was probably not a good bet in the long run. I listened to him, reapplied to law school and enrolled. I returned the ring to my fiance, who had said he had not wanted a lawyer for a wife. It was with great interest that I noted at the lovely service his four children arranged for him last Monday, AUGUST 14, that two of his daughters are practising lawyers and his third daughter is a plastic surgeon in Palo Alto, California. Susan in her eulogy to her father stated that he had instilled in all of his children that education was the only thing that no one could take away from you. Dr. Waters was a man of many interests and pursued excellence in all that he did. As I listened to the soloist at the service I marveled at how beautiful the music was and how appropriate. He has left not only the legacy of his excellent surgical work but a family who have absorbed his work ethic and love of life. It was an inspiring funeral service and in the words of his daughter Susan, "now he is with my mother, the love of his life." We shall not see his like again, he has touched so many lives and all who knew him respected him. - Posted by: Shelley Gay Mitchell (former patient and friend ) on: Aug 19, 2017

  • Dr. Waters and his lovely wife Rith were good friends of my parents, Elinor and Keith Mitchell and were part of a group who attended the Manitoba Theatre Centre with Rolf and Elinor Huband. They took turns having each other over for coffee and dessert afterwards. Out of this group only my mother, Elinor Mitchell still drives and enjoys her life in Oakville, Ontario. Rolf Huband passed away in Oakville last year and mother attended his service. Reid Waters first operated on me when I was fifteen, he removed a very large ganglion cyst from my right wrist. It was very large and made it impossible for normal wrist movement. It took great skill to remove this and all of the tentacles it had grown. Thanks to Dr. Waters I regained and still have normal use of my right hand. He sent his children to Manitoba Pioneer Camp where I was a canoeing and swimming instructor. He dutifully came to visit his daughters on parents' day. At that time the only way to get there was to take the water works train to Waugh, which is where the intake valve is for the Aqueduct, as Manitoba Pioneer Camp is on an isolated island in Shoal Lake. The big iron boat took the passengers off at Waugh and brought them all to the island. He was very devoted to all of his wonderful children and they were delighted that he took the time and effort to come to see them on that one day in the month of July when parents could come. I recall him in his long white pants, long sleeved shirt, and large floppy hat. - Posted by: Shelley Gay Mitchell (patient and friend ) on: Aug 19, 2017

  • I was so fortunate and truly privileged to meet Dr. Waters about forty years ago. I have not forgotten the gentleness, the brilliance and the kindness of this truly remarkable physician and human being. The world has lost an amazing and brilliant man. My sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Waters. - Posted by: Michelle Bay (patient) on: Aug 19, 2017

  • My condolences to the Waters family. In 2001 at the age of 14 I suffered a severe burn injury at a workplace accident. I gained the nickname Dr. Waters baby from many an ICU nurse, which always made me feel special. I had an opportunity to work on a burn unit in Calgary, and the head surgeon there once asked me who my surgeon had been when I was injured. Dr. Waters reputation was known even there, and I got many compliments on his work. I have thought about him often over the past 16 years. I'm so thankful that I got to know him, and had the absolute privilege of him being my surgeon. He was such a kind, gentle human being on top of his brilliance. - Posted by: Shauna Thain (Patient ) on: Aug 16, 2017

  • I was born on August 21, 1960 with a cleft lip. My mother was going to take me to the Mayo Clinic however my paediatrician at the time asked why? ....we have the best plastic surgeon here in Winnipeg, Dr. Reid Waters. I was under Dr. Waters care for over 26 years thru 5 surgeries. Thanks to Dr. Waters, my cleft lip is unnoticeable by most. He was such a kind and gentle man not to mention his brilliant skills as a surgeon performing very delicate surgery. We grew a trusted friendship. I am very honoured to say I am one of his patients. You can often find me bragging about him to other doctors and friends. He will be sadly missed and always remembered. My sincere heartfelt condolences to his family. - Posted by: Cynthia M Gordon (nee Caton) (long time Patient) on: Aug 14, 2017

  • Life Goes On - and never ends without a final ending, Our family had the opportunity to consult with Dr. Waters, a very fine Winnipeg doctor, of international regard. Our family member was searching for miracles; and Dr. Waters gave us the practical, caring, focused, medical opinion, that he was known for - throughout his life! Thank you for our medical service, on behalf of many citizens of Winnipeg and Manitoba - our thoughts and prayers are with the family. The Harris Family of Winnipeg - Posted by: Peter Harris (Friend and Patient) on: Aug 14, 2017

  • To The Waters Family...Hold dear all the happy memories , it does help ease your pain...Your parents were great examples of what integrity and kindness are..We are out of town, however, our prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Ed and Mary Coughlin (Neighbour) on: Aug 12, 2017

  • I have a condition called Olliers disease. It causes multiple enchondromas to form around the joints. Dr. Waters operated on me several times from when I was a small child until the age of 14. He was very patient and kind to me. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Stacy Markusson (Former Patient ) on: Aug 10, 2017

  • My sincere condolences to the Waters family. In 1995 at a young age of 19 I suffered a severe burn injury. I was given little chance of survival, but the odds were overcome by the treatment and laborious surgical efforts by Dr. Waters. I had very little healthy skin available for Dr. Waters to use for skin grafting. This predicament is where his care proved heroic. Using his knowledge on burn treatment and current research, he decisively pursued cultured skin technology. Whereby a small sample of my own healthy skin was grown into many sheets of skin to use for grafting. However, this technology was only available from a lab in California and had never been done before in Canada. Despite of this Dr. Waters persevered and swiftly coordinated this treatment for me. My family and the staff at H.S.C in Winnipeg were amazed and encouraged by Dr. Waters creative plan. With most of my body badly burned, the California skin likely made the difference between my living or losing the fight. At a later date, Dr. Waters delivered an educational session at H.S.C on the use of cultured skin technology for the greater plastic surgery community in Manitoba. I will always remain grateful for being your patient and friend! Stephen Nicholson & family (wife Diane, son Reid, daughter Sarah) - Posted by: Stephen Nicholson (Patient) on: Aug 09, 2017

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