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Born: Dec 21, 1914

Date of Passing: May 11, 2005

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JOHN NOEL ROBERTS SCATLIFF, MD December 21, 1914 - May 11, 2005 Dad died peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by his family, including Toni, his wife of 63 years, his six children, and many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dad was born in Brighton, England to Dr. Harold and Dr. Helen Scatliff. He had two brothers, Collen and George and one sister Barbara. During the Second World War he took his medical training in London at St. Bartholomew and Queen Charlotte Hospitals. It was there that he met his young war-bride, Antoinette (Toni), a Canadian nurse. After practicing in England, Toni brought Dad back to Canada in 1948, where he became a proud Canadian citizen. Dad spent most of his career as a physician (fourth generation), initially working in the areas of general practice in rural Manitoba (often being given chickens and produce in kind), then in hospital administration as the Medical Director of Misericordia Hospital and in public health as the Director of Public Health for the Province of Manitoba. One special area of interest was in the ethical and Christian context of medicine. He was very proactive, particularly while working with the Catholic Health Association and as a founding member of PISCES (Professionals Involved in Spiritual Care for Education and Service) and of the Catholic Physicians Guild of Manitoba. His outstanding contributions to health care resulted in many awards including accolades from the Catholic Health Association of Canada. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Winnipeg Council 1070, and in 1966 was invested by Pope Paul VI as an additional honor as a Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester. Dad came across many people over his lifetime, both personally and professionally, too many to mention. He has always felt very blessed in his relationships with his many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, colleagues, neighbours, fellow parishioners and friends. He strove to excel in all of his many pursuits, astronomy (President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Manitoba, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Manitoba and owning the only private observatory in our backyard), fly fishing (President of the Manitoba Fly Fishing Association), archery, music, water colour and oil painting, photography, slide shows, gardening, orchids, family history and many more. Dad loved life to the fullest. He never did anything in half measures. When he got interested in astronomy, he not only joined the Royal Astronomical Society, he built his own telescope, ground his own mirror and in 1961 had the only observatory in Winnipeg. Dad was the patriarch of the Canadian Scatliffs. His family was of utmost importance to him. He was an outstanding role model and was deeply loved by his six children, Chris (Mae), John (Susanne), Susan (Brian), Tim (Louise), Judy (Murry) and Mike (Shawnee); and 23 grandchildren, Gillian, Jeffrey, Chris, Megan (Russ), Ian (Chantal), Nikki (Bruce), Robert, Leanne (Colin), Elissa, Debbie (Joel), Kim (Scott), Allison (Ed), David (Rachel), Kate (Tanny), Tom, Sara (Tim), John, Kris, Jennifer, David, Talia, Tecla and Turk; and 13 great-grandchildren, Noah, Keziah, Jacob, Dylan, Ava, Mira, Zoe, Zander, Zara, Zayda, Tyger, Aysia, Tommy and one in the oven. Dad was a gentle soul, a very spiritual and religious man, a profound role model, and a true gentleman in all respects. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Art MacGregor, Fr. William Hann, Fr. Rolfe and staff of the emergency department and ward 4A of Victoria General Hospital. Their kindness and compassion are deeply appreciated. Prayers will be at McCall Bros. Funeral Home on 1400 Vancouver St., Victoria, BC on Sunday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. the casket will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on Gordon Head Road, Victoria on Monday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m., with reception to follow. Interment will be held in Winnipeg on a later date in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Dr. John Scatliff Humanitarian Fund, care of St. Andrews Regional High School, 800 MacKenzie Ave., Victoria, BC V8X 3G5. Condolences may be offered to the family at Well done, My good and faithful servant. (Reading from The New Testament) McCall Bros. of Victoria, BC (250) 385-4465

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2005

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Tears of grief superceded by pride-filled hearts at the life-long accomplishments of "JNR". I was privileged to serve him as the Assistant Director of Public Health Services. John always amazed with his incredible range of talents--which he shared so willingly--the art of memory by association; secrets of his magic tricks--but it was John the human being that we loved so dearly. Candace and I will always treasure the fun times we spent with John and Toni and the fact we had the oportunity to share time with one of God's special emissaries. Love from Candace and Earl Backman, Brandon, Manitoba - Posted by: Earl & Candace Backman (Co-Worker) on: May 15, 2005

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