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DONALD McPHAIL M.D. 1921 - 2004 It is with sadness we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Donald Malcolm McPhail, on Saturday, May 15, 2004. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ethel (Herriot), his partner in medicine and his partner in life, for 58 years; daughters, Joan (Bob) McCallister, Portage, Shirley (John) Kulchycki, Dauphin, Catherine (Dennis) Takayesu, Montreal; sons in Winnipeg, Bruce (Mavis) and Gordon (Darlene) and 16 grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Ethel McPhail, Marion Brydon, and Sally Herriot. He was predeceased by his parents; one granddaughter; brother James; sister Audrey Martin; and brothers-in-law, Alex Martin, Ken Bryden and Jack Herriot. He graduated in Medicine in 1945 from the U. of M. and it was there that he met his wife whom he married in 1945. He served in the army from 1943 to 1946, followed by post-graduate surgery at St. Boniface Hospital, and then they decided to try rural medicine. They practiced briefly in Pilot Mound and then continued medicine in Boissevain for 29 years where they learned to enjoy rural living fully. In 1976 he joined the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) in Winnipeg and later enjoyed services at the Manitoba Development Centre (MDC), Portage, and with the Northern Medical Services. Don enjoyed work in medical politics. He was MMA president in 1969, the controversial year the MHSC became an entity, and later served on CMA committees as well as the Board of Directors of MHSC. He was district rep for CP&S, 1974 to 1976. While in Boissevain he was very active in his community serving on the town council, school board, Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of various local industries and organizations for curling, golf and baseball. He was a Shrine clown for several years when he and friends formed a clown unit complete with a crazy car and crazier acts performed in both Canada and the United States. After retiring he enjoyed golfing and curling at the Wildwood. He especially enjoyed sharing time with family and friends at the Max Lake cottage on Arbour Island. Ethel and Don enjoyed a lot of travelling to places with poor medical services, unique nature habitats, and unstable governments, but always made it home safely. He was renowned for his wonderful sense of humour. Special in his life were his children and grandchildren in whom he found great pride and joy. A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 in Thomson "In the Park", Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. We wish to thank Day Contee and Karen, his original home care workers, and in the past five months, the very caring staff at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg who gave him a home away from home. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made the new Manitoba Medical College Foundation, Clinical Learning Centre Fund, 261A, 727 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5. THOMSON "IN THE PARK", FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY (FORMERLY GARRY MEMORIAL) 1291 McGillivray Blvd. 925-1120
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 19, 2004
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