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GEORGE DOUGLAS (DOUG) PAUL SHAY (published on May 29, 2010)



GEORGE DOUGLAS (DOUG) PAUL SHAY, M.D. June 8, 1929 May 17, 2010 Peacefully at the River Park Gardens Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Doug died at the age of 80 years. Born in Toronto, he was the second son of Percy and Jean Shay. His older brother Don had been born eight years earlier. Doug is survived by his four sons, Tim (Pam), Chris (Barb), Tony (Kathi), Don (Irene) and two grandchildren, Mack and Joe (Tony and Kathi). He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Jean; older brother Don; nephew Paul and his ex-wife Anne. Growing up in west Toronto, Doug was an active young man and excelled at sports, particularly football - playing in high school at Humberside Collegiate and later at the University of Toronto where he played center secondary (middle Linebacker) for four years. Doug attended Medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1955. His attendance was made possible by the Canadian military and he served with the post war force in Germany following his graduation. In 1958 Doug left the army to pursue orthopaedics in England where he studied under Dr. John Charnley. In England he met and married Isabel Agnes Ball (Anne), a nurse at the hospital where he was training. Married in January 1962, they were soon joined by son Timothy, born that September in Liverpool. Their time in England came to an end when Doug saw a bulletin from the Canadian Government calling for General Practitioners needed to service remote communities. Together they took up the call and headed to Winnipegosis, Manitoba in January of 1963 they would be joined there by sons Christopher in August 1963, Anthony in August 1964 and finally Donald in November 1967. Doug and Anne were instrumental in getting a new hospital built for the small community. His time in Winnipegosis was filled with the widest possible medical experiences he could have imagined it was while practising there that Doug coined the term for his type of medical practice Womb to Tomb care. Dr. Shay delivered almost every baby in the community for the 10 years he practiced there. The family remained in Winnipegosis until 1972 when the opportunity to start a practice in Winnipeg's new community of Fort Richmond presented itself. For over 20 years, Doug and Anne ran the clinic in Fort Richmond, during which time he was heavily involved with the Victoria General Hospital, serving as Head of Family Practice in 1997 to 1998. As his medical career wound down, Doug closed his own office and worked for various clinics, spending his last years in practice at the Jayne Medical Clinic on Sherbrooke. He shared a love for medicine and his patients that was second to none. His care and compassion for them was extraordinary. A Come and Go gathering for family, friends, colleagues and former patients will take place at the home of Chris Shay at 639 Borebank Street in Winnipeg on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP by phone to (204) 487-0642. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doug's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6.


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