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Born: Dec 14, 1932

Date of Passing: Feb 26, 2021

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December 14, 1932 - February 26, 2021

Dr. Duncan John Gillespie passed away peacefully on February 26, 2021. Duncan was born in Red Willow, Alberta and raised in Stettler, Alberta, as the second eldest of seven children and he later went on to become a respected surgeon at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.
He is survived by his children, Stella, Ingrid (Ed), Michael (Laurie), Dianne (Evan), and Brian (Wanda), as well as seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Duncan's family would like to thank the staff at Wright 1 Care, Dr. Saunders, staff of the River Ridge Retirement Residence, palliative care staff, and close friends Margie and Gina for their support, care, and kindness over the years.
A celebration of his life will be held in the summer of 2021. In the meantime, Duncan's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory and visit his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.
In lieu of flowers, please memorial contributions to Winnipeg's Salvation Army would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Both I and my Wife Judith have fond memories of Duncan. My wife Dr. Judith Doyle gave many anesthetics for him but I mainly knew him through frequent conversations in the Surgeons lounge at the HSC throughout the 70's/80's and into the 90's. Although our specialties were far apart he always came across as a considerate, modest man without any pretentions of superiority. He represented the best of Canada. May he rest in Peace and our condolences to all of his family. - Posted by: John Curran and Judith Doyle (Colleagues) on: Mar 10, 2021

  • Duncan was in every sense a true gentleman. He treated everyone with respect and kindness, whether you were prince or pauper, co worker or support staff. He is so deserving of every tribute offered. As the saying goes - he lived, he loved, he laughed - and now the world will never be the same. Sharon and Tom Trosky - Posted by: sharon Trosky (friend and nurse) on: Mar 10, 2021

  • Dr. Gillespie was one of my mentors during my training as a surgeon. He was instrumental in shaping my career In surgery. He is who I try to emulate my professional life. He helped everyone and anytime that asked for it and I was witness to that many times during my residency. His gentle voice still echoes in my head when I am faced with a tough surgical case and how to solve a problem. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Sonny dhalla (Former resident) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Gillespie's passing, he was a very nice man and a pleasure to work with. May he Rest In Peace. My condolences to the family. Sharon Pospishell - Posted by: Sharon Pospishell (Co worker at Manitoba Health) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • As mentioned in the obituary, Dr. Gillespie was a respected surgeon, but also a role model and mentor for trainees to emulate. He was a "patient's surgeon". He devoted himself day and night and at any time to the most complex surgical patients. He was the "go-to" surgeon in difficult situations, as I experienced with many patients of mine, and with my own care. And even in these situations, he was always gentle, kind and with a most comforting smile and sense of humour. He represented the gentle, human, caring face of healing, so important for recovery. It was a privilege to have trained under his supervision, to become his colleague and also his patient. My deepest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Luis Oppenheimer (Trainee, colleague and former patient) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I came to Canada from Saudi Arabia in the summer of 1998 hoping to learn surgery. What Dr. Gillispie taught me first is how to be human, patient and caring. He was always treating us like his children and we always felt safe and protected around him. - Posted by: Faisal Alsaif (Student) on: Mar 06, 2021

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