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Born: Nov 30, 1940

Date of Passing: Nov 08, 2021

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After a long battle with various health problems, Andrew died peacefully at home, with his wife Yvonne by his side.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two sons, who reside in England, David (Sarah) Robertson and Richard (Claire) Robertson; grandchildren, Alex, Elizabeth, Madeleine, and Talitha; brother-in-law Simon (Annie) Ludlow.
Andrew was born in Bombay (Mumbai), India on November 30, 1940, to Dr. Colin Henry Hope Robertson and Gladys Robertson. His father was Chief Medical Officer for Central Indian Railways.
Andrew was sent to England for his education. After five years at Prep School he won a scholarship to attend Marlborough College in Wiltshire, of which he always spoke very fondly. In 1959 he was awarded a major county scholarship to London University and completed his medical degree at The Royal London Hospital in 1964. He was fascinated by anatomy and earned his MPhil in 1970, lecturing in Anatomy at the Royal London and Royal Free Hospitals. This led to training in Surgery and specializing in Plastic Surgery receiving his FRCS in 1972.
In September 1977 he immigrated to Canada with Yvonne to take up a joint appointment at the Winnipeg Health Sciences as a member of the Section of Plastic Surgery, and as an Associate Professor in the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. He was a partner in the Manitoba Clinic and practiced from there throughout his career. He had expertise in reconstructive surgery after surgical treatment of head and neck cancer. Other important interests were all aspects and advances in hand surgery. He was Director of the Hand Program. As Director of the Burns Unit was a founding member of the Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
He loved to travel, and his idea of heaven was to cross the Atlantic on the Queen Mary and arrive in England with no jet lag, but perhaps six pounds heavier. He was passionate about fine wine, good food, and was an excellent host. He liked a gin martini with a twist, stirred not shaken, English beer, and Sherry.
He collected cookbooks, new and antiquarian, and had a wide knowledge of all aspects of cooking, but his culinary skills were very poor, this was when Yvonne took over.
He played golf from the age of 11 and was a member of the Niakwa Country Club, where he had a circle of very good friends.
Andrew will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a dedicated surgeon, teacher, and anatomist, and an English gentleman.
Yvonne wishes to thank Palliative Care and Home Care Assistance for all their help with nursing Andrew at home. Also all their friends who have been so supportive during this sad time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrew's name to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or Doctors Without Borders, 551 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 0N8.
A celebration of Andrew's life will be held in the spring. In the meantime, Andrew's family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.

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Publish Date: Nov 20, 2021

November 30, 1940 - November 8, 2021

At the age of 80 years, Andrew passed at home, on November 8, 2021, with his beloved wife Yvonne at his side.
A longer obituary to follow.

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Publish Date: Nov 13, 2021

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. (Brad) Robertson at this sad time. Dr. Robertson was the greatest benefactor. - Posted by: A kind person (Lives in Manitoba) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • I am so sorry to read about the passing of Dr. Andrew Robertson, I met Dr. Robertson when he arrived in Winnipeg and became a part of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Team. I was the OR Nurse in charge of Plastic Surgery at the time Dr. Robertson arrived at HSC and had the pleasure of showing him around the Operating Room. I remember him as the most gentle, friendly soul and it was such a wonderful experience to be able to work alongside him over many years and learn from him more about Burns and Reconstructive Surgery, in particular Microscopic Hand Surgery. He was always willing to share his knowledge with the nursing staff. I send my sincere condolences to his wife Yvonne and family. He will surely be missed by the many lives he touched with his surgical skills and his genuine caring of co-workers and his patients. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and keeping stressful situations calm. Sincerely, Carole Rickey RN (retired) - Posted by: Carole Rickey (co-worker HSC OR ) on: Nov 20, 2021

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