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DR. DENIS HENRY HOSKING
Born: Feb 13, 1949
Date of Passing: Jan 02, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
DR. DENIS HENRY HOSKING
February 13, 1949 - January 2, 2021
He leaves behind to mourn him, Dee, his loving wife of 46 years; children, Nolan and Michelle (Paul Van Caeseele); and grandsons, Luke, Mark and Eric.
Denis was born in Dundee, South Africa and completed his medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1972. While at medical school he met Dianne (Dee) and they married four years later in August, 1974. After working in hospitals in South Africa for three years, he and Dee moved to the U.K. where he underwent further training in surgery, successfully passing the final examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. They then moved to Winnipeg to accept a position as a general surgery resident at the University of Manitoba. Denis later changed from general surgery to urology, and completed his urology training in 1982. After a further year of study at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, he returned to Winnipeg to accept a position as an Assistant Professor of surgery in the section of urology, based at the Health Sciences Centre. He remained a urologist at Health Sciences Centre for the rest of his career. In 1990, he was appointed Head of the Section of Urology for the Health Sciences Centre and the University of Manitoba, positions he held for 20 years until 2010. Denis especially valued the support he received from the operating room staff, the nurses in the urology clinic and treatment areas, the radiology technicians and the office staff. He considered every member of the urology team essential in providing the best possible patient care.
Denis was very active outside his clinical practice. In 1994 he was appointed Chief Examiner in Urology for the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada for a three year term. In 1998 he was promoted to Full Professor of Surgery in the Section of Urology. In 2000 he was elected President of the Canadian Urological Association, and in 2008 he was awarded the Canadian Urological Association Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime contributions to Canadian Urology.
He enjoyed most sporting activities. Apart from the usual team sports played at school, he enjoyed tennis, squash and developed a lifelong love of golf while still a schoolboy. He and Dee were members of Pine Ridge Golf Club for over 16 years and really enjoyed playing with other golfing couples as often as possible. Denis also loved their golf holidays down at Hilton Head Island.
Among his other interests, he enjoyed motorcycling and white-water kayaking. He twice completed the gruelling 120 kilometer Dusi Canoe Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, South Africa. Outside of sports, he had great interest in photography, Photoshop, and duplicate bridge.
Those who knew him well will remember him as a healthy, vibrant individual with an aura of mischief and a wicked sense of humour. His classmates will remember The Cheerleader - a true leader of cheer. Colleagues respected him as a gifted teacher, an outstanding leader, and a very thoughtful clinician. Most of all, he was a person of substance and integrity.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Drs. Van Ameyde, Rimmer, Johnson, Ahmed, Muirhead and Lipschitz for their care and support for Denis during his 11 years of living with myeloma. A special thanks to Ken Van Ameyde for his consistent support, availability and concern throughout Denis' illness.
If anyone wishes to make a donation in Denis's memory, please donate to either CancerCare Manitoba Foundation or the Humane Society.
Cremation has taken place. At his request, no service will be held. Make a donation to
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
My dear Denis, I only learned of your passing very recently and the sad news hit me very hard. We were both residents at HSC and had young families and looking back we all spent much time together. I have so many memories of those wonderful times our families spent together. You were the leader of our group with your strong voice and wicked sense of humour. In winter we were to go to Agassiz for skiing weekends and in spring you and I golfed on Sunday mornings with Tony Auty and Ted Percival at Tuxedo. . Many times you and Dee and the kids would stay with us at our cottage. Those were early days and you had no problem working on the land with me in the heat of the day. You’re a strong personality and positive outlook on life is still in my memory! Your expressions Live on forever in my mind, so funny and creative. I still use “ up the wooden hill” and “the best of all places “ at bedtime for the young children in my life and every time I think of you. When I got back to Winnipeg from BC last year I thankfully spoke to you and Dee on the phone but we couldn’t meet in person. We had lost contact over the years and I had been looking forward to getting back together again. So sorry, Dee, Nolan and Michelle. Tony V. - Posted by: Anthony Vivian (Friend and colleague) on: Jun 05, 2021
Dear Hosking family, My deepest condolences for your loss. I met Dennis many years ago at the Health Science Centre and was always impressed by his quiet efficiency as a physician—which never faltered over the years. Whenever we met, we'd reminisce a little about our shared fatherland, South Africa, we had left behind. I cannot help but remember Alan Paton's opening sentences in Cry the Beloved Country, which describes an area in Natal, south of where Dennis was from, but no less remarkable. "There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it." He will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Danie Botha (Colleague) on: Feb 25, 2021
Condolences to the Hosking family. Denis was a classmate of mine for 5 years at Maritzburg College. There are many stories that come to mind involving Denis, most of them (actually all of them) cannot be published. Denis never seemed to struggle at school which afforded him more time for extramural mischievous activities. My family and I spent 5 years in Canada (1987 to 1992) before moving to the USA. We were in Toronto which is a long way from Winnipeg which unfortunately meant not seeing Denis since 1965. Nevertheless, I still have fond memories of him as a smart likeable human being who lived life to it's fullest extent. - Posted by: Kingsley Chatton (School classmate) on: Jan 17, 2021
Receiving the message of Denis Hosking’s passing with great sadness. Denis’s intense commitment to excellence and progress in his profession was accompanied by a relaxed and cheerful manner that helped the rest of us in the department to grasp the value of his suggestions and initiatives. He often greeted us with, “all the better for seeing you” but we were all the better for his presence among us. My role as Department Head greatly benefited by the initiative and influence of Denis as Head of Urology. I am thankful for having known Denis. Madeline and I extend our sincere sympathy to Dee and the family. Bob Blanchard. - Posted by: Robert Blanchard (Colleague and Department Head, Surgery) on: Jan 12, 2021
I was very saddened to learn about Denis’s passing. My most heartfelt condolences to Dee and his family. Denis’s character and many of his accomplishments have been already described. On a personal note, I would like to highlight how much I valued his readiness to give his honest opinions, guided by his firm values and not what was perceived to be politically correct. This honesty made him an invaluable collaborator at times when it became necessary to undertake new directions. In his role in the Department of Surgery, he played a pivotal role in the transition of the Department’s Group to a new funding formula, which allowed it not only to stay solvent, but in time, to thrive and develop a growing number of Chairs in Surgery. He exhibited the same fierce determination in the development and protection of Educational Funds, which have been and continue to be a source of academic funding for generations of surgical trainees. And just as one could count on Denis’s unvarnished opinion, so valuable when choices needed to be contemplated, one could always count on his support and encouragement when these chosen paths proved difficult. As has been mentioned “he was a true leader of cheer”. On a personal level, I will always be grateful for Denis’s advice, intervention and cheerful guidance in matters of my own health. - Posted by: Luis Oppenheimer (Colleague ) on: Jan 12, 2021
It is with sadness I learn of Denis passing, and I would like to express my sympathy to Dee and the family. Thank you Denis, for your enthusiastic training of Urology residents over the years. I will always remember your unlimited support and fairness as a partner, and the lessons I learned during the Friday afternoon "tutorials" at Pine Ridge. You will be missed by many. - Posted by: Robert Bard (friend and colleague) on: Jan 12, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Hosking family. I was lucky enough to work with Dr. Hosking for many years in Lithotripter and he always made me feel part of his team . The world has lost a wonderful doctor and an even more wonderful man. - Posted by: Brenda-Lee Irwin (co-worker) on: Jan 11, 2021
My condolences Dee to you and your family. I had the pleasure of working with Denis for many years but my happiest memories will be of his ferocious and cunning play at the bridge table. Thanks partner. 7NT - Posted by: Brian Muirhead (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2021
Denis was a friend and colleague during my tenure as Head of Surgery at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital. During my time as Director of Surgical Research for the Department of Surgery Denis was an active participant and sunmitted many papers for presentation. He was an excellent researcher and contributed much to the advancement of Urology. He not only was a superb surgeon but a diligent and talented researcher as well. It was a pleasure having been associated with him and my condolences to his family. Merv Letts - Posted by: R Merv Letts (Colleague) on: Jan 09, 2021
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