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Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2021

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Dr. Neil Mowchun passed away peacefully in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the evening of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, in the loving presence of family, supported by warm hands, and familiar voices near and far.
Survived by his sons, Justin (Carrie), Ryan (Erin Slayen), and Trevor (Cecile Cristobal); stepson Jonathan; daughter Kaleigh (Mike Penner); and three grandchildren. Neil also leaves to mourn his siblings, Leon and Vickie; nephews, Aden and Nathan; and niece Lasha. He will be missed by his beloved dog Molly. He is predeceased by his parents, Usher and Sonia Mowchun.
Neil was laid to rest at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery, on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 73 years of age.
Neil Mowchun was born in postwar Rovno, USSR (present-day Ukraine). Following the first wave of Jewish emigration immediately after the Holocaust, the Mowchun family embarked on a dangerous passage through the Soviet "iron curtain," reaching Canada in late 1958. At the age of 12, Neil knew neither a word of English nor a note of Western culture. He learned English very quickly ("on the boat," as he said), throwing himself into his studies and becoming bar mitzvah shortly after his arrival, thus preserving the family's old Jewish roots at the same time as the new Western roots were being planted.
Neil found his calling in medicine, becoming one of Winnipeg's pillar psychiatrists. Throughout a career spanning nearly half a century, Neil cared for hundreds of patients at various hospitals in Winnipeg and in his private home-based practice in Tuxedo.
With his career in full swing, Neil added the role of hair-restoration surgeon to his repertoire, establishing the Winnipeg Hair Transplant Clinic in 2001. Nimble with his hands, Neil transformed the scalpel into a paintbrush, restoring beautiful new heads of hair for patients. He also painted majestic reveries on canvas in his spare time, producing a unique oeuvre featuring wild colors and rushing textures. His favorite subjects were simple, easily missed gems of everyday life: flowers on a table and sunsets over lakes. The latter were inspired by what was probably his favorite destination in the world, despite being a seasoned world traveler: Lake of the Woods, where he vacationed with his family over many summers. These extra ventures marked him as a true Renaissance man: psychiatrist during the week, hair transplant surgeon on weekends, and expressionist painter when inspiration struck.
His family will remember him as a connoisseur of beauty, spirited adventurer, and intensely devoted father who loved his family and drained every precious drop of time with his children. Deep down stood a quiet man who wished for nothing more than to be near his loved ones. And we will love him always, feel the arc of his long shadow, and know in our hearts that he rests in peace.
We thank his caregivers at the Victoria General Hospital. Very special thanks to Helen Demillo who helped Neil tremendously, enabling him to continue to live at home in the last few months of his life.
Donations in memory of Dr. Neil Mowchun can be sent to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba and Winnipeg, or the Winnipeg Arts Council.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • I am just learning about Dr. Mowchun's passing today - sincere condolences to his family. I was a patient of Dr. Mowchun's for close to 15 years; he helped me through a tumultuous time throughout my 20s. It makes me sad that I didn't know more about his life even though I had spent countless hours telling him about mine. He was a wonderful doctor and by the tributes and obituary, sounds like he was a remarkable human in so many other ways. You are missed, Dr. Mowchun. - Posted by: Melissa CM (Patienr) on: Aug 27, 2021

  • I just learned of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. I was very fortunate to have him as my doctor for many years. He was very wise. I am sad to hear that he passed away. - Posted by: Janice H. (Patient) on: Aug 27, 2021

  • Having learned only today of Dr. Mowchun's passing, I am sending heartfelt condolences to the family. I am a former employee of Dr. Mowchun, acting as both administrative assistant for his psychiatry practice, and as surgical assistant for his hair restoration practice in the early 2000's. I found Dr. Mowchun to be talented in so many ways, kind, caring, soft spoken and once I got to know him.....quite funny. He was a gentle soul who always had time when someone was in need. A Rennaissance man is a wonderful description. May he be at peace. - Posted by: Laura Dahl (former employee) on: Jun 29, 2021

  • I am very sad to hear this news I was searching his name today and was surprised to know he passed away...I used to be his patient 5 years ago he was a great kind person and listens to you with grace. Rest in peace Dr. Mowchun you will be missed. From your Saudi client Hiba - Posted by: Hiba Othman (Patient) on: Jun 09, 2021

  • Dr. Mowchun was my doctor for many years. I always appreciated the care he gave and how he treated me. I am sad to hear of his passing and I offer my condolences. - Posted by: Chris Ireland (Patient) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Mowchun family. Neil was a second father to me. 26 years as my doctor and how we clicked the day I met him, I knew everything would be alright. Wonderful, caring man. I miss him terribly and he will be with me always. Rest my friend. - Posted by: Lisa Jones (Friend ) on: Mar 12, 2021

  • Today was the first I had heard of Dr. Mowchun's passing, I was deeply moved. I had known him for close to 20 yrs. and he was one of the kindest, empathetic and caring human beings I have ever known. I remember when he retired and although he had given me his private number, I was hesitant to call him as I didn't want to bother him, a decision I will always regret. Your tribute to him was so accurate, he loved his family. I remember the painting of his young son he was such a talented man, no words can describe. My deepest condolences to all of his family and loved ones. - Posted by: DON SANIUK (Patient) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • Neil had marvelous clinical skills both intelligence and empathy from which I benefitted. Lovely aesthetic sense, the beauty of life. - Posted by: Henry hellrr (Henry.heller@umanitoba,ca) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • Neil was a classmate of mine at St John’s high school & medical class of 72. A truly brilliant man with many diverse interests, each performed with a skillful art. My 3 sons were the same age as Neil’s & were close friends during their childhood. He will truly be missed & may he RIP! Dr Michael D Sheps / Dermatologist/ Winnipeg MB - Posted by: Michael Sheps (Classmate in medical school/ class of 72.) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • Definitely the best hair replacement surgeon in the province; and maybe the country. His artistry was always amazing putting 1-3 hair grafts individually, with almost no scars. I distinctively remember repairing several patients from the Sheps clinic who had abysmal results. RIP Neil. Condolences Jon and Kaleigh. - Posted by: Ryan M Kyliuk (Former Employee) on: Feb 12, 2021

  • Oh my I just heard of Dr. Mowchun’s passing and to his family and Molly I am so so sorry 😢 This man helped me tremendously and I knew him for over 10 years and he was always available to lend an ear .... I remember calling him from hospital panicking and yes this very busy man called me back and quickly! I will forever be indebted to him for his help....he changed me....REST IN PARADISE Dr. Mownchun - Posted by: Cheryl Wismer (Patient ) on: Feb 11, 2021

  • Dr. Mowchun was a truly caring and remarkable person. I will be forever grateful to him for taking me on as a patient and the guidance he provided. My sincere condolences to Dr Mowchun’s family. - Posted by: J.R. (Patient ) on: Feb 11, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Dr Mowchun's family. Dr Mowchun worked with my son, Stefan, for about 15 years. He helped Stefan stabilize and grow as a person. Dr Mowchun was a very caring and compassionate man. Stefan will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Ken Lezubski (father of his patient) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • It is will much sadness I just learned of the passing of Dr Mowchun. Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for all he has helped me through. His kind, gentle manner calmed, reassured and helped me to understand & regain my confidence in life. A wonderful doctor that I will be forever grateful to have met. My sincere condolences to his family & Molly. - Posted by: Maureen (Patient for several years) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • Rest in peace Dr. Mowchun. I will cherish our sessions until we meet again. Wayne D. Rice - Posted by: Wayne Rice (Patient) on: Feb 06, 2021

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